Scientific Discoveries through Time

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Objectives of this WebQuest:

Students will be able to:
  1. Identify scientific milestones that have led to advances in the biology field.
  2. Predict where and how factors such as beliefs, culture, technology, and advances in science, may affect various scientific delivery system models.
  3. Incorporate research activities into computer based visual presentation using online interactive tools that focus on building team skills in all content areas.
  4. Meet above objectives to 80% mastery or above.

About our WebQuest:

Biology today has evolved throughout history. The purpose of this activity is to promote thinking through inquiry about the history of the biology field. As students gather related data on their particular topic and individual, ask students to share their responses on the checklist with you. This will assist students with the correct pronunciation of scientists names and other scientific words. This will also allow you to help students include thorough descriptions of their time period, beliefs, discoveries and discoverers.

Teacher Reflection: 

Answer the following questions after students complete the project to refine your strategies with WebQuest tools.

  1. What did your analysis tell you about how your students learn using the WebQuest tool?
  2. What did your analysis tell you about the success of the strategies you used?
  3. How useful were the assessments in terms of student learning?
  4. How will you differentiate instruction so that all students achieve content mastery?
  5. How will you differentiate instruction for students who easily achieved the performance criteria and need to move forward?


Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) addressed in this WebQuest:

(3) Scientific processes. The Student uses critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving to make informed decisions within and outside the classroom. The student is expected to:
(B) communicate and apply scientific information extracted from various sources such as current events, news reports, published journal activities, and marketing materials;
(D) evaluate the impact of scientific research on society and the environment;
(F) research and describe the history and biology and contributions of scientists.

English Language Arts

(1) Writing/purposes. The student writes in a variety of forms, including business, personal, literary, and persuasive texts, for various audiences and purposes. The student is expected to:
(A) write in a variety of forms using effective word choice, structure, and sentence forms with emphasis on organizing logical arguments with clearly related definitions, theses, and evidence.

(23) Research/Organizing and Presenting Ideas. Students organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the
research and their audience. Students are expected to synthesize the research into a written or an oral presentation that:
(A) marshals evidence in support of a clear thesis statement and related claims;
(B) provides an analysis for the audience that reflects a logical progression of ideas and a clearly stated point of view;
(C) uses graphics and illustrations to help explain concepts where appropriate;
(D) uses a variety of evaluative tools (e.g., self-made rubrics, peer reviews, teacher and expert evaluations) to examine the quality of the research; and
(E) uses a style manual (e.g., Modern Language Association, Chicago Manual of Style) to document sources and format written materials.

ISTE NETS*S Standards 2016

(6) Creative Communicator
Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals

AASL Standard Indicators (selected)

Standard 1.4.3: Monitor gathered information, and assess for gaps or weaknesses.

Standard 2.2.4: Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning.

Standard 3.1.2: Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.

Standard 3.1.4: Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.


Work Cited
Description: Word Cloud. Wordle.net. Web. 22 July 2016. http://wordle.net.

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