Wetlands WebQuest

D. Scheinberg

Cherokee High School

Marlton, NJ 

Spring 2004

  

Background

Task

Learning Advice

Resources

Conclusion

Evaluation

    

 

Background: Why protect a poorly drained area of land, very often scorned by developers and filled in for homes, factories, agricultural land, and drained to water crops?  We need them!!  Wildlife needs them!!  You will see why in this project.  

 

Task: You are a member of a team employed by the New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency.  Each year a big traveling display is constructed to demonstrate one of the important environmental issues in the state.  The display is taken around to schools, universities, and Earth Day fairs and it includes brochures for students to take and learn about the theme.  The theme for this year's display is "Wetlands."  You will work with your team members to research the important issues, facts, and problems associated with the wetlands.  Each person on the team needs to concern themselves with one or more of the main issues:

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Definition of a  wetland and types of wetlands

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New Jersey wetlands

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Wildlife in the wetlands

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Wetlands protection and laws

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Recreation and other benefits derived from protecting wetlands

 

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A comprehensive brochure will be constructed as the end result of the research. 

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There must be a typed list of references accompanying the brochure demonstrating the use of at least six reliable sources per person using correct form!

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All members must present the brochure to the class

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Must complete a project summary by the end of the week (June2, 2005)

 

 

 

Learning Advice:

1.Brochure must cover the areas described above.

2.Brochure should be attractive, informative, and educational

3. Brochure must have at least 2 pictures.

4. Research should be conducted before any writing and printing is done.

5. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

 

Resources:

Wetlands 

Inland waters-wetlands

Sierra Club

Stone Harbor Wetlands

NJ wetlands laws

Freshwater wetlands

America's Wetlands

U.S. EPA Wetlands

Information on Wetlands

Ohio Wetlands foundation

Lost Wetlands

Northeastern New Jersey Wetlands-good

Everglades

Wetlands

Freshwater wetlands program

LBI wetlands preservation

Citizens guide to wetlands-good one!

Buffer laws to protect wetlands

Wild About Wetlands!

Wetland Protection

Importance of Wetlands

Learn About Wetlands- good one!

Vanishing Wetlands

Wetlands- values and functions

Facts On Wetlands PDF

Wetlands Habitats

Wetlands Activities-PDF

Types of wetlands -PDF

Types of Wetlands

Wetlands-good

 

 

Conclusion:

The "EPA" wetlands display will travel all over New Jersey. Hopefully you can help educate the public and a new generation who can appreciate the importance of this watery resource! 

 

 

Evaluation

Due Date: June 6, 2005

Rubric-40 points

Students must complete a summary of the week's research -due Friday June 3rd!

 

Grade Content/resources Brochure  Design Cooperation Quality of project as an educational/informative tool
A Demonstrates a complete understanding of the assignment and the issues effecting wetlands.

Covers the following completely and concisely:

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Definition of a  wetland and types of wetlands

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New Jersey wetlands

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Wildlife and wetlands

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Wetlands protection and laws

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Benefits derived from protecting wetlands

Uses at least 6 authoritative resources

Excellent Design

Excellent brochure

Must include 2 pictures

 

Excellent cooperation within the "EPA" team

No unnecessary printing in the lab

Excellent educational tool

Very informative

Excellent short presentation 

 B Demonstrates an understanding of the assignment and the issues effecting wetlands.

Covers the following completely :

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Definition of a  wetland and types of wetlands

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New Jersey wetlands

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Wildlife and wetlands

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Wetlands protection and laws

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Benefits derived from protecting wetlands

Uses at least 6 authoritative resources

 

Good design

Good brochure

Pictures/headings/captions

Good cooperation and communication in the group Very useful educational tool

Informative

Good short presentation

 C Demonstrates some understanding of the assignment and the issues effecting wetlands.

Covers the following to some degree:

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Definition of a  wetland and types of wetlands

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New Jersey wetlands

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Wildlife and wetlands

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Wetlands protection and laws

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Benefits derived from protecting wetlands

Uses 3-6 authoritative resources

 

Some design elements and pictures

brochure

Group has some cohesion Brochure is an educational tool

Some good information

Class presentation

 D Lack of understanding of the issues about wetlands

Covers a few but not all of the sections

1-3 sources