Elephant Elements

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This WebQuest is designed for a fourth grade science lesson. 

It would take approximately a week to do the entire lesson based on a science block of 45 minutes.

This lesson can be expanded by giving every group a different habitat to study or letting them pick the animal in the habitat they want to become experts on. Every group could get assigned a different animal from the same habitat as well.

This lesson can be differentiated for high learners by having them compare two habitats and explain why a certain animal would not thrive in one habitat compared to the other.

This lesson can be differentiated for low learners by giving them the exact websites and sources you want them to use for their group topic. This way the teacher can be sure he or she is getting good information from the sites.


NC State Standards for Fourth grade Science:

Give examples of changes in an organismís environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.

Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.

English Fourth grade standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2a. Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2c Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2e Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

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