WebQuest

Expedition Ecosystem

Process

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As a team you will be completing a Field Journal of your travels.  Each person is responsible for his/her individual tasks.  Your papers will be combined to make one Field Journal that will showcase your findings for the entire class.  Please follow your instructions and use the links found below.

Lab Researcher

1.  Define the following terms that your team will need to understand in 1-2 sentences.  Use the link below to the Harcourt Science Glossary and the World English Dictionary sites.
          1. Producer
          2. Consumer
          3. Decomposer
          4. Herbivore
          5. Carnivore
          6. Omnivore
          7. Photosynthesis
          8. Food Chain
          9. Food Web
          10. Predator
          11. Prey
          12. Scavenger

2.  What do all food chains start with?  See Food Chain and Food Web link below.

3.  Your team will want to know what to pack for their journey.  You must research your ecosystem.  Using the Introduction to Biomes and Blue Planet Biomes links below, find your ecosystem and locate information that will help on your journey.  What is the ecosystem like?  How much rainfall does it average?  What is the average temperature range?



Field Biologist

1.  Use the Introduction to Biomes, National Geographic for Kids, and Blue Planet Biomes links below to determine what kinds of plants and animals you will find in your biome.

2.  Name several plants.  How do plants get the food they need?

3.  List  animal names and what they eat.  Is this animal an herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore?  Talk to your Lab Researcher to find out what these words mean.

4.  Arrange these plants and animals into two food chains of four organisms each. (You will need two plants and six animals total for the two chains / one plant and three animals for each chain.)

  Make sure they are arranged so that they do eat the plant or animal that is listed before them. 


llustrator


1.  Use the Introduction to Biomes, National Geographic for Kids, and Blue Planet Biomes  links below to view the plants and animals in your biome.

2.  You are responsible for drawing each plant and animal chosen.  They should be arranged into their food chains.

3.  In which direction should the arrows point?


Journalist

1.  Write a descriptive paragraph telling the class about your biome.  Use the information gathered by the Lab Researcher on location, temperature, and rainfall to help you.

2.  Write two sequential paragraphs describing the two food chains that were discovered in your travels.  Use words like first, next, then, and finally or first, second, third, and fourth to explain the order that organisms are eaten in your food chains.



*  Alternative Grouping:


Lab Researcher / Illustrator work together to do both your jobs. (Divide the work)

Field Biologist / Journalist work together to do both your jobs. (Divide the work)


Field Biologist / Journalist list two food chains e.g. Sun>Plant>Animal>Animal>Animal and Sun>Plant>Animal>Animal>Animal

Illustrator / Lab Researcher draw two food chains (in chain format, with pictures)


Very Important!

Your research is aimed at identifying the plants and animals in your ecosystem.

Start by entering the name of your ecosystem in the search bar of your source.

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