A WebQuest for 8th
Grade (Science, Music, and Physical Education)
Chris Barry, Jeremy
Drake, Juanita Philyaw, and Kris Weatherman
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Introduction | Task
| Process | Evaluation
| Conclusion | Credits
| Teacher Page
Have you ever thought about all
the different things that go into a simple activity, like dancing? So many
little things go on. The music has individual notes and beats and different
instruments that combine to make a groove; your muscles make your arms
and legs move while your heart and lungs make sure your body can keep up
with the pace; you and your partner share similar thoughts and movements
to create an interactive dance. There are many little things that go into
our lives to make larger products or wholes. In this WebQuest, you and
your group will look at several different ways that parts combine to make
wholes - in science, music, and sports. At the end of the Webquest your
group will come up with a creative project that will show one answer to
our main question: How and why do parts combine to make wholes?
You will be investigating how parts
make a whole in many ways. You will find out how different types of rocks
are made of different things and how that relates to the Earth's history.
You will also see how notes combine to make melodies in music - and what
happens to a familiar tune if those notes are changed! Your group will
also look at how individual members of sports teams contribute to the teams'
success by attempting to solve challenges as individuals in a group. For
the final project of this WebQuest, using all that you've learned about
parts making wholes, your group will come up with a unique and creative
way to show the class another example of parts making wholes. (This project
can be practically anything - a PowerPoint presentation, a skit, a musical
presentation, a work of art - you name it!)
You will be randomly assigned into
groups of four, each with an equal part to play in the WebQuest. Your group
will work together on four separate challenges:
One - Science
Two - Music
Three - Sports
Four - The Final Project
Each challenge page will contain
instructions on what is to be done, how it is to be presented, and the
Your group will be evaluated on
the correct completion of the assignments, your interaction and cooperation
as a group, and your final project.
parts flying off . . .
few loose parts - but still running!
Lack of respect
and idea-sharing among group members; work is not done.
One or two members
of the group do most of the work; ideas are not shared.
cooperate somewhat, work is done by most but not all members.
cooperate, share ideas respectfully, and play an equal part in completion
of the assignments.
giving the wrong definitions for the rock, and characteristics are either
not there or incorrect.
definitions partially correct. No extra reseach present in explanation
of characteristics, and no examples present.
correct, but not as detailed. Table accurate giving good examples of the
rocks and giving some examples and explanation of the characteristics.
correct with thorough explaination and research. Table neat and correct
giving accurate examples and detailed explanations of the characteristics
of each rock.
melody incomplete; unable to perform either.
correct; incomplete or repetitive melody; performance of both.
correct; cohesive original melody; performance of both.
put together; well-thought-out and creative original melody; performance
#1 - The groups
cannot completely get inside of the hoop.
#2 - The group cannot
fold the tarp enough and fall off of the tarp.
#1 - The groups
can get inside the hoop but very slowly, often falling out of the hoop.
#2 - The group members
can fold the tarp but do not work together and slightly step on the floor.
#1 - The groups
can stay inside the hoop but cannot compete against their opponent because
they are too slow.
#2 - The group members
can fold the tarp but it takes a lot of time and they do not work together.
#1 - The two
groups can compete while staying within the rules set by the teacher.
#2 - The group can
successfully fold the tarp and stay on it without falling off within the
time limit and by using teamwork.
Group does not
cooperate in project; part-whole relationship is not shown.
not involves all group members, repeats a part-whole relationship from
one of the challenges.
that involves all members, repeats a part-whole relationship from one of
that involves all group members, shows a new way parts make a whole, and
brings together what you have learned about parts and wholes.
In so many ways, parts and smaller
things combine to make wholes or larger things. You've seen just three
or four of the millions of ways this happens. As you continue with school
now, we hope you can begin to see the little things, the elements, that
make larger things - activities, thoughts, processes - possible.
The "Foxtrot" image is courtesy
The rock cycle diagram in Challenge
1 is courtesy of http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/vwlessons/lessons/Metrocks/Metroks2.html.
The image of Peter Schickele (a.k.a.
PDQ Bach) on the Challenge 2 page is courtesy of
Elaine Ernst Schneider's and Joanne
Mikola's music notation review page (www.lessontutor.com/eesMusic1.html)
is copyrighted (2001) by Ms. Schneider.
Michael Furstner's music notation
review page (www.jazclass.aust.com/bt1.htm) is copyrighted (2000) by Mr.
The "Michael Jordan" quote and
picture on the Challenge 3 page are courtesy of www.mjpage.com.
The www.pecentral.com website
is copyrighted (1996-2001) by PE Central.
website is copyrighted (1998-2001) by Sundance Experiential.
The image of Edvard Munch's "The
Scream" on the Challenge 4 page is courtesy of www.museumsnett.no/.../eng/img/
on November 5, 2001. Based
on a template from The