WOW! Giant footprints
have been found in the field next to the house of our principal,
Mr. Collins. He is very nervous about these footprints and he has
asked for the help of the 3rd graders of our school, Prince of
I know that this job
may sound a little bit scary but we need your help. If you agree
to help us, please click on the dinosaur below.
You will work with a
partner (one other person) to complete the following in order to
help Mr. Collins solve his problem.
1. Your first job is
to identify the type of species that made the footprint by using
any measurement tools available in the classroom. (rulers,
measuring tapes, etc.)
2. Once you and your
partner have decided what species made this print, you will then
create a diorama showing how your creature will live peacefully
with people in a habitat.
3. After creating
your habitat you will then write a newspaper article reporting
your findings to the rest of the school and the community of
Click on dinosuar
below to move on.
1. You and your
partner will receive a picture of the footprints that were found
outside of Mr. Collins' house.
2.Study the picture,
looking for any specific characteristics that will help you
identify what animal created the print.
3. After studying the
footprints for awhile, you may use any of the measurement tools
that we have used in math class to help you measure the prints.
This will help you to identify the creature that made the print.
Here are some of the tools we have used:
4. Once your group
has decided what creature made your particular print, you will
use many different sources to learn more about your creature.
about dinosaurs in The Magic School Bus Digs for
Dinosaurs, which you will find in the classroom
many picture books in the classroom library to help you
find more information on your creature.
You also may
use any encylopedias and/or dictionaries to gather more
many websites that offer information on your different
creatures. Here are a few click below to find out more
about your creature.
remember that all of the groups have a different set of
footprints, so each group will have a different creature
5. You and your
partner are now ready to get started on your diorama. This
diorama is to be the habitat (home) of your creature.
your creature must be able to do the following things...**
peacefully with the people of Steelton -(that means that
they must not eat the people of our city, and we must not
the people of
Steelton and your creature must have places to live,
work, and play. They also must have enough things to eat.
6. You are now ready
to work on the next step, your Newspaper Article. Your article
should include the name of your creature, what it eats, where it
lives, and how it will live peaceful with the people of our
7. You will know
report your findings to Mr. Collins and the rest of the school
and the community of Steelton.
Click on dinosaur
below to move on.
Click on the dinosaur
below to move on.
Each group will be
evaluated in 3 different ways:
1. DIORAMA GRADE -
You and your partner will be given a grade for your diorama. Your
diorama will be graded according to the following guidelines.
2. NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
- You and your partner will be given a grade for your newspaper
article and presentation to the class according to this rubric.
LEARNING - The final part of your grade will be given totally by
me. It will be based on how well you and your partner worked
Congratulations! As a
result of completing the webquest tasks, you are now an expert in
your field. Using the computer and the internet,you have learned
where and how your prehistoric creature lived along with their
favorite snacks. Mr. Collins is grateful for your help in
discovering what creature made those prints next door. You should
be very proud of yourselves!. You have accomplished a huge task.
If you enjoyed this activity, please check out books in the
library on palentology, dinosaurs,and/or fossils.
Webquest Title -
Grade Level - 3rd
grade, but could be changed to include children of any elementary
Length of Time - One
period a day for one week
work cooperatively in groups of two to create their own
diorma (home for their creature) including all given
learn to work cooperatively.
IMPORTANT NOTES -
All students are
expected to have some kind of basic knowledge of the computer and
the internet before beginning this webquest. If you find that
there are students in your class like mine, that didn't know how
to use the internet when starting out, take a day or two to
introduce the concept to the children so that they are all at the
same level when starting out on the computer. The children that
already know how to do the things that you are showing, could
either take the time to refresh their memory or they could sit
with someone that didn't know what they were doing in order to
help them out.
Last Updated : April 5, 2001
Copyrighted: April 2001