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Name: __________________________ Subject: Science
Teacher Name: ___________________ Date: ___________________


Save the Dolphins



We have discussed how dolphins are mammals like we are, and not fish. We have discussed how they are being slaughtered in some areas of the world. Now, you will find out why you should care about the dolphins.

You are a scientist that is going into the wild to explore the different wild animals that live in Africa. First, you must prepare yourself for your exploration by wearing all of the appropriate attire. As you begin your journey you come across a variety of animals which you are unfamiliar with. You must learn more about these animals to ensure your safety. You are aware of what an animal is but are unsure of the differences between a bird, reptile, amphibian, fish and mammal.

In this WebQuest we are going to learn about animal classifications by being scientists. You'll not only research these different animals that are found in the African safaris, but you'll share your scientific research with the rest of the scientific community.


In this WebQuest we are going to learn about animal classifications by being scientists. You'll not only research these different animals that are found in the African safaris, but you'll share your scientific research with the rest of the scientific community.

Why should we stop dolphins from being killed?
How are people hurting dolphins?


You will work with a partner, and explore the internet for information to answer the questions.

1. Use the selected Internet websites and classroom literature as resources.

2. Identify the differences between the different animal classes and what makes an animal a mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, or fish.

3. Divide research work among team members. Compile and organize important information gathered during each level of research. Share information with the entire group.

4. Thoroughly present the Venn diagram comparing two animals to the rest of the class. Also present the information that was found on the other three animals during your research.

5. Provide a comprehensive and well-organized presentation.

6. Use the Evaluation Rubric to guide the quality and content of your presentation.

  Animal Corner is an animal encyclopedia that can be used by students and teachers to learn about animals and their environments.

This is the official website of the popular Animal Planet Television channel where you can get tips on how to train your cat or dog, or watch videos of different animal interactions.

Brief information and pictures about nocturnal animals including armadillos, cats, foxes, loris, raccoons, wolves, coyote, bats, skunks, bears, deer, platypus, beavers, flying squirrels, kangaroo rat, opossum, and tapir. Also include sections on snakes, crocodiles, gila monsters, geckos, and deep sea creatures.

The Kratt Brothers from PBS's "Kratt Creatures" features information and journal entries on a few select animals. Be The Creature: Explore a Creature

The National Wildlife Federation focuses its efforts on five core issue areas: Endangered Habitat, Water Quality, Land Stewardship, Wetlands, and Sustainable Communities, and pursues a range of educational projects, and activist, advocacy, and litigation initiatives, within these core areas.

To explore where different animals live throughout the world, go to WWF – WildFinder. You can input an animal to find where it is found throughout the world.

Africam is a website that streams live web cameras that are set up throughout South Africa. Africam | A Live 24x7 Interactive African Wildlife Safari.

To help with animal vocabulary, there are a variety of animal word vocabulary videos presented by Appuseries on YouTube.

This website is really "all about birds!" Here you will find an online guide to birds and bird watching including facts about different species, photos, conservation, frequently asked questions, and more.

To help identify different animals, browse over 6,500 plus pictures of various animals.

This site contains animal-related pictures uploaded by users of the site, and the site is searchable. The site currently contains over 28,000 images.

The Online Field Guide is a searchable database for identifying more than 4,000 plant and animal species of North America. Additional species and other nature content are constantly added to the database.

This site provides a collection of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service images. The collection includes images of a variety of species including birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, mammals and plants as well as shots of habitats, refuges, hatcheries, environmental issues, and Service personnel performing work related tasks.

Online database of animal history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology provided by the University of Michigan.

This website includes pets, wildlife, farm animals, marine mammals, animals in research and other information about animal welfare.

ARKive contains a unique collection of thousands of wildlife videos, images, and fact-files with a special emphasis on endangered species.

Information, games, webcams, and photographs of animals from around the world.

This virtual zoo provides information, pictures and videos of animals. The site also features fun games about animals.

Exploring Nature Educational Resource is a natural science reference site for students and educators. Topics can be searched according to levels of learning: Level 1-K to 2nd Grade; Level 2-3rd to 6th grade; level 3-7th grade and up. Some sections are free and some sections are subscription based.
Increase your knowledge of animals with some brief, but essential features, fast information and trivia about the different animals of the world. Relevant data and info containing details of dogs, cats, tigers, dolphins, fish, birds and insects. Discover useful info about their life cycles and habitats. Find out the facts about your favorite animal!

This website has over 50 in-depth fact sheets for various animals divided into specific areas of the Earth such as South America or The Arctic and Antarctic.

Enter into the world of forests, wildlife, and natural beauty. Learn more about life on Earth and biodiversity.

Facts about some favorite marine animals, including where they live, how big they grow, and what they eat. The site features entries for the American Alligator, American Crocodile, Blue Whale, and more.

Pictures and names of baby animals, and groups of animals including the names of goats, swans, cows and more.

Fact sheets, videos, and photographs of a variety of animals.

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

Animal Bytes were specifically designed to help you quickly find information about some of the unique creatures found in the animal kingdom. Each file includes their scientific classification, fun facts, and biological value.

Facts, photographs, and descriptions of many of the animals at the Toronto Zoo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This site includes information on Australian animals. You can browse the database alphabetically or by type of animal (aquatic, bird, mammal, marsupial, or insect).
This site features a database of more than 26,000 species worldwide, which you can search by species or by map. The database includes a great deal of information about each species, including photos, endangered or threatened status, and which class each species belongs to.

What birds, mammals, fish, and insects live in Colorado? Find out on this site from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Every image you see depicts wild animals in their natural environment. Therefore, technology allowing us to encounter, understand and above all not forget, the fascinating world of nature.

You and your partner will make a short Power Point presentation that we can show at our school to promote awareness about saving the dolphins.

(This is how my rubric came out)



Correct Identification Team correctly identified 1-2 animals Team correctly identified 3 animals Team correctly identified 4 animals Team correctly identified5 animals

Presentation The team presented a basic overview of the animals. The team presented an accurate overview of the five animals and listed a couple comparisons between the animals in Venn diagram form. The team presented a detailed overview of the five animals and listed a few comparisons between the animals in Venn diagram form. The team presented a comprehensive and well-organized presentation of the five animals, listing several comparisons of two animals in Venn diagram form. The students navigated the Internet well.

Use of Facts Basic points included. Major points were supported with explanations about animal characteristics. All elements were supported in detail about animal characteristics and included examples. All elements were supported in a comprehensive manner with examples, simulations, and detailed description of animal's class, diet, habitat, living environment, and how the animal gives birth.

Resources Basic resources were used and cited. Handouts brief or incomplete. Important resources were used and cited. Handouts were complete and accurate. Detailed resources were used and cited. Handouts were detailed and helpful. Extensive resources were used and cited. Handouts were comprehensive and well- organized.

Interaction with Audience Basic interaction noted. Good interaction, questioning, and involvement. Presentation was interactive, appealing with high interest involvement. Extensive interaction, interest, and involvement.


Did you enjoy the webquest?
Name one thing you learned you didn't know before.

Through the completion of this WebQuest experience you will:

1. Research different animal classes.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of five different African safari animal's class, diet, habitat, living environment, and how the animal gives birth, whether it lays an egg, external fertilization, placental birth, etc.

3. Use the personal scoring rubric to assess the research conducted during WebQuest.

4. Organize and present a summary of important information learned.

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