Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ms. Parker's Students on a WebQuest

Ms. Parker's Researchers and Museum Exhibit Designers

Museum exhibit designers? Yes, the second graders recently embarked upon a WebQuest specifically constructed for them. WebQuests have the students playing roles such as historian, anthropologist and economist. Within these roles the students gather information applicable to their discipline of study. This helps students learn about categorizing information as well as learning how to look for specific types of information while filtering out the rest. This is an important skill in our ACDS Information and Communication Literacies (ICL) curriculum. 

You can view the ColonialQuest WebQuest to learn more about the steps the students followed to produce their final project. The project is an online slideshow in which the students were presented with the fictional task of designing new exhibits for the National Museum of American History. A powerful aspect of the learning was taking the students from the concrete understanding of their research to being able to visualize what a museum exhibit might look that would depict their research. This process of making their thinking visible while transferring their understanding to a new situation is the type of learning our ICL curriculum supports. 

Take a look and listen to the final project that the students created where they explained to the director of the National Museum of American History what exhibits he should build to tell the story of children, food and clothing during colonial times. Note that Mrs. Sutton's class project is highlighted in an earlier blog post

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