
Web Quests
CHAPTER 13
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TASK
CONTEXT
This
Web Quest expands on the practice exercise found on page 359 of the Student
Book, which places newspaper headlines on a probability line. Working
both individually and as a group, students will find Internet news sources
that will provide pieces of information that they will place on a probability
line. Students will also be responsible for referencing their sources.
GOALS
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locate news providers using a search engine
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choose appropriate information to place on a probability line
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place events correctly on a probability line
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reference information found on the Internet
MEETING
INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
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Students may have difficulty choosing information to place on their
probability line if articles do not contain words from their probability
line. Encourage them to draw their own conclusions.
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Have students who are struggling to find appropriate events focus their
search on events that are certain or impossible .
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To shorten the amount of time needed for this exercise, you can provide
students with a list of news sources.
INSTRUCTIONAL
SEQUENCE
 As
a group, read the Introduction. Have students brainstorm the different
types of news sources that exist. Find out how many students are interested
in the news. Have them explain why or why it doesn't interest them.
 Together,
read the Task section of the Web Quest. Divide students in groups. Explain
that as a group they will create their probability line but that they
will find the events or statements to place on it individually.
 Briefly
discuss the reasons for referencing sources. Explain that there is a
general style that we use to do this and that it is different for books,
movies, magazines and the Internet. Look at the example on the reference
sheets and answer any questions they may have. The style for this citation
is from Yahooligans
Teacher's Guide.
 In
groups, have students create their probability lines.
 Once
the groups have finished creating their probability line, have them
begin their Internet search for news websites. While students are searching
for websites, circulate to ensure that their choice of search words
will produce results. If students are struggling, ask them to explain
what they are looking for. If the answer is, "I want to find a website
that tells news stories for kids", tell the student to choose what they
think are the two most important words in their sentence and use them
for his or her search (news kids).
 If
you are skipping this step of the Web Quest, use the following sites:
Kid
Newsroom
Scholastic
News
National
Geographic Kids
BBC
News Kids
Student
News Net
Time
for Kids
 At
this point students should be making their article selections. As they
are reading articles, ask them to summarize the contents for you. Some
students may find it difficult to make a choice for their probability
line. Question them on the facts that are presented. Ask them to what
degree they agree or disagree with points made in their articles.
 Once
they have made their choices, have them copy their statements onto separate
pieces of paper.
 Have
students complete the References sheet individually,
by hand or using a computer.
 Students
should now place their events or statements on their group's probability
line. Allow students time to discuss with their group their reasons
for where they placed their statements on the probability line. While
students are talking in groups, observe/assess students to see how they
interpreted the task.
 As
a wrapup to this Web Quest, you may want to have students present as
a group all or part of their probability line to the rest of the class.
RESOURCES
Websites:
Kid
Newsroom
Scholastic
News
National
Geographic Kids
BBC
News Kids
Student
News Net
Time
for Kids
Files:
References
Materials:
pencils
or pens
large
sheets of paper for creating probability lines for each group
paper
for writing events and/or statements
ASSESSMENT

LEVEL
1 
LEVEL
2 
LEVEL
3 
LEVEL
4 
Understanding
of Concepts 
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demonstrates an inaccurate or superficial understanding of probability

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demonstrates a growing but still incomplete understanding of probability

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demonstrates a gradeappropriate understanding of probability 
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demonstrates an indepth understanding of probability 
Problem
Solving 
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makes inappropriate choices of statements for the probability line
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uses a strategy and attempts to place statements on the probability
line 
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makes adequate choices of statements for the probability line
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uses a strategy and places some statements correctly on the probability
line 
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makes a suitable choice of statements for the probability line
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uses an appropriate strategy to place statements correctly on the
probability line 
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carefully and thoughtfully chooses statements for the probability
line
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shows flexibility and insight by trying and adapting one or more
strategies to place statements correctly on the probability line

Communication

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struggles to use probability words to describe likelihood of statements
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unable to explain placement of statements on the probability line.

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uses some probability words to describe likelihood of statements
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has some difficulty explaining placement of statements on the probability
line. 
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uses probability words to describe likelihood of statements
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explains placement of statements on the probability line. 
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uses probability words thoughtfully to describe likelihood of statements
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offers an indepth explanation of placement of statements on the
probability line 

