Note: Check out the evaluation rubric in the "Files for You" section of this
WebQuest before you get started!
1. Choose one area about radiolarians to gather data on (each team member
will research one area):
Role #1: The “Rad” (Radiolarian) Expert
Role #2: The Paleontology Expert
Role #3: The Ecology Expert
Role #4: The Art/History Expert
2. Now each team member goes to the link for their expert role. Print out
the “Note Taking Guide” on your role page and use it to help you as you
3. Next visit the three websites that every team member must visit, which
are included in your role page. Looking at these websites will:
>> give you an overview of radiolarians.
>> help you learn about the scanning electron microscope.
If possible, view these websites with your team.
4. Now visit the websites linked to your role page that are just for you.
Each team member is responsible for collecting data and images for their
topic. Choose AT LEAST FOUR FACTS that will support your recommendation, and
share them, along with AT LEAST THREE IMAGES, in the group meeting.
NOTE: The slide presentation MUST include a list of sources used. See the
SAMPLE SLIDE on the "Files for You" page for an example. Go to
http://www.easybib.com for help in creating your bibliography.
5. Group Meets:
You will now meet to share research, talk about evidence, and decide on your
First, team members meet and share what they learned in their research,
including each person's 4 facts and 3 images.
Next, each group member takes a turn as the moderator (and scribe) for
discussions and decision-making. The moderator jots down ideas for all
to see, taking in all opinions (see the IDEAS CHART linked on the "Files
for You" page for one method of discussion). Evidence must be given to
support positions on the funding question.
The last portion of the meeting will be the time for the group to use these
details to make their decision about what to recommend to Congress.
6. Together your group will decide how to organize your PowerPoint
> You might have one or two slides for each of your areas of research,
followed by a couple of slides about the group’s recommendation.
> Alternatively, you may decide to organize all of your slides to directly
logical reasoning about your group’s recommendation.
> What your group MUST do is decide who is responsible for which slides, and
give out equal amounts of work to all.
> The group needs to decide on a slide graphic format. SAMPLE SLIDES are
provided on the "Files for You" page, but other slide formats may be used.
7. The group then presents the data and the group recommendation to