Clash of the Titansby: Karthigeyan Subramaniam

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WebQuests and the 5E learning cycle are titans of the science classroom. These popular inquiry-based strategies are most often used as separate entities, but the author has discovered that using a combined WebQuest and 5E learning cycle format taps into the inherent power and potential of both strategies. In the lesson, “Clash of the Titans,” there are two other titans involved—titans of the animal world—alligators and pythons. Through this combined WebQuest/5E lesson, students learn about predator-prey relationships and human effects on the environment through introduced species.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
1/1/2010

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  • on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:26 AM

This article introduces a lesson plan which combines WebQuest and 5E learning cycle teaching strategies and teaches students the knowledge about predator-prey relationships with the example of alligators and pythons and how human affect the survival of animals. The author analyzes that the 5E learning cycle attaches more importance to the inquiry, while WebQuest attaches more importance to content. When the teacher integrates those two great teaching strategies in the one lesson, students can achieve better learning performance in the investigation of real-life phenomena. In this lesson, the teacher combined each teaching steps of WebQuest with the steps of the 5E learning circle, such as Introduction = Engage, Task + Resources = Explore, Process = Explain. In this combined WebQuest/5E lesson, the teacher not only practices students’ skill of inquiry a real-life phenomenon but also connect the technology to the class which enables students to find information on the Internet resources. From this article, I learned a new mindset, which I can use different teaching models or strategies flexibly. As a future teacher, we do not need to keep using one existing teaching models, we can integrate the different research-based strategies according to our lesson requirements and class situations. Appropriate innovations and changes may lead to better teaching effectiveness. I will use this combined WebQuest/5E model in my future class, because this model let students research more information on the Internet, communicate with group members and try to give explanations and presentations. Nowadays, there is massive information on the Internet, except for learning in inquiry, students are supposed to have the ability to obtain useful information and present it.

Tianyi Ma
Tianyi Ma

  • on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:26 AM

This article introduces a lesson plan which combines WebQuest and 5E learning cycle teaching strategies and teaches students the knowledge about predator-prey relationships with the example of alligators and pythons and how human affect the survival of animals. The author analyzes that the 5E learning cycle attaches more importance to the inquiry, while WebQuest attaches more importance to content. When the teacher integrates those two great teaching strategies in the one lesson, students can achieve better learning performance in the investigation of real-life phenomena. In this lesson, the teacher combined each teaching steps of WebQuest with the steps of the 5E learning circle, such as Introduction = Engage, Task + Resources = Explore, Process = Explain. In this combined WebQuest/5E lesson, the teacher not only practices students’ skill of inquiry a real-life phenomenon but also connect the technology to the class which enables students to find information on the Internet resources. From this article, I learned a new mindset, which I can use different teaching models or strategies flexibly. As a future teacher, we do not need to keep using one existing teaching models, we can integrate the different research-based strategies according to our lesson requirements and class situations. Appropriate innovations and changes may lead to better teaching effectiveness. I will use this combined WebQuest/5E model in my future class, because this model let students research more information on the Internet, communicate with group members and try to give explanations and presentations. Nowadays, there is massive information on the Internet, except for learning in inquiry, students are supposed to have the ability to obtain useful information and present it.

Tianyi Ma
Tianyi Ma

  • on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:26 AM

This article introduces a lesson plan which combines WebQuest and 5E learning cycle teaching strategies and teaches students the knowledge about predator-prey relationships with the example of alligators and pythons and how human affect the survival of animals. The author analyzes that the 5E learning cycle attaches more importance to the inquiry, while WebQuest attaches more importance to content. When the teacher integrates those two great teaching strategies in the one lesson, students can achieve better learning performance in the investigation of real-life phenomena. In this lesson, the teacher combined each teaching steps of WebQuest with the steps of the 5E learning circle, such as Introduction = Engage, Task + Resources = Explore, Process = Explain. In this combined WebQuest/5E lesson, the teacher not only practices students’ skill of inquiry a real-life phenomenon but also connect the technology to the class which enables students to find information on the Internet resources. From this article, I learned a new mindset, which I can use different teaching models or strategies flexibly. As a future teacher, we do not need to keep using one existing teaching models, we can integrate the different research-based strategies according to our lesson requirements and class situations. Appropriate innovations and changes may lead to better teaching effectiveness. I will use this combined WebQuest/5E model in my future class, because this model let students research more information on the Internet, communicate with group members and try to give explanations and presentations. Nowadays, there is massive information on the Internet, except for learning in inquiry, students are supposed to have the ability to obtain useful information and present it.

Tianyi Ma
Tianyi Ma

  • on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:26 AM

This article introduces a lesson plan which combines WebQuest and 5E learning cycle teaching strategies and teaches students the knowledge about predator-prey relationships with the example of alligators and pythons and how human affect the survival of animals. The author analyzes that the 5E learning cycle attaches more importance to the inquiry, while WebQuest attaches more importance to content. When the teacher integrates those two great teaching strategies in the one lesson, students can achieve better learning performance in the investigation of real-life phenomena. In this lesson, the teacher combined each teaching steps of WebQuest with the steps of the 5E learning circle, such as Introduction = Engage, Task + Resources = Explore, Process = Explain. In this combined WebQuest/5E lesson, the teacher not only practices students’ skill of inquiry a real-life phenomenon but also connect the technology to the class which enables students to find information on the Internet resources. From this article, I learned a new mindset, which I can use different teaching models or strategies flexibly. As a future teacher, we do not need to keep using one existing teaching models, we can integrate the different research-based strategies according to our lesson requirements and class situations. Appropriate innovations and changes may lead to better teaching effectiveness. I will use this combined WebQuest/5E model in my future class, because this model let students research more information on the Internet, communicate with group members and try to give explanations and presentations. Nowadays, there is massive information on the Internet, except for learning in inquiry, students are supposed to have the ability to obtain useful information and present it.

Tianyi Ma
Tianyi Ma

  • on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:26 AM

This article introduces a lesson plan which combines WebQuest and 5E learning cycle teaching strategies and teaches students the knowledge about predator-prey relationships with the example of alligators and pythons and how human affect the survival of animals. The author analyzes that the 5E learning cycle attaches more importance to the inquiry, while WebQuest attaches more importance to content. When the teacher integrates those two great teaching strategies in the one lesson, students can achieve better learning performance in the investigation of real-life phenomena. In this lesson, the teacher combined each teaching steps of WebQuest with the steps of the 5E learning circle, such as Introduction = Engage, Task + Resources = Explore, Process = Explain. In this combined WebQuest/5E lesson, the teacher not only practices students’ skill of inquiry a real-life phenomenon but also connect the technology to the class which enables students to find information on the Internet resources. From this article, I learned a new mindset, which I can use different teaching models or strategies flexibly. As a future teacher, we do not need to keep using one existing teaching models, we can integrate the different research-based strategies according to our lesson requirements and class situations. Appropriate innovations and changes may lead to better teaching effectiveness. I will use this combined WebQuest/5E model in my future class, because this model let students research more information on the Internet, communicate with group members and try to give explanations and presentations. Nowadays, there is massive information on the Internet, except for learning in inquiry, students are supposed to have the ability to obtain useful information and present it.

Tianyi Ma
Tianyi Ma

  • on Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:08 AM

The lesson in this article is great to utilize in the classroom from several standpoints. First of all, it addresses a current problem. The invasion of Burmese pythons into the Everglades is a current and ongoing dilemma in Florida. However, this is only one example of where a non-native species invades and disrupts an established ecosystem. In addition, the author discusses the lesson in terms of the 5E learning cycle and seamlessly combines it with a WebQuest to integrate technology.

Kathy Sparrow  (Delray Beach, FL)
Kathy Sparrow (Delray Beach, FL)

  • on Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:14 PM

Webquests are a type of technology that can be easily misused. This article describes how a Webquest can be used meaningfully in a classroom.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)

  • on Tue May 31, 2011 8:49 PM

The author presents a cogent argument for combining Web Quests and the 5E learning cycle in a lesson on predator-prey relationships and adaptations to the environment, including human effects. The author articulates every step of the 5E- cycle with its web corollary; suggests a rubric for evaluating student understanding; raises questions about changes in the environment and their effects on the presumed predator-prey relationship; correlates student actions with the standards, and integrates reading and communicating into collaborative explorations and presentations by the students. This lesson is of particular interest if a school is near a wildlife area that houses different pairs of predator-prey groupings and the design of the lesson is applicable to many forms of life, not just pythons and alligators.

Patricia  (Arlington, VA)
Patricia (Arlington, VA)

  • on Sat May 07, 2011 5:45 PM

Webquests can be very effective, if done right, and this author really shows how to create an effective webquest through the use of the 5E Learning Cycle.

Wendy  (Pocatello, ID)
Wendy (Pocatello, ID)


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