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Biology - Daniel

Objective: To conduct library research; be able to recognize the species;  to learn basic as well as of interest facts about a species to be seen on upcoming field trip.
Standards: WHST.9-12.7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
AASL 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 2.1.1

Discovery Education & Board Builder

  1. Sign in to Discovery Education with your Novell Login.
  2. Locate and click on the Builder Board button.
  3. Create a Board. Title the board Your Last Name - Organism
  4. Start adding content. Make sure to include a citation for each picture and facts you find.
  5. As you add content make sure to save. Save to your teacher's folder.
  6. When adding content to your board you can Search (Discovery Education) or Upload (from your drive or flash).
  7. When you have completed your work, click on Print and it will reformat your Builder Board to a .pdf.  Make sure that it looks the way you want it to, remember it needs to be only one page.  I needed to edit mine several times so that all text and pictures were on.

For this assignment please use the sources listed below.  They are all subscription databases; have credible information and MLA citations. You will need to know the library username and password. These can be found on the back of your ID card.

Sources for Information:

  • World Book Online  Good source for basic facts; includes some pictures.  MLA citation at bottom of each article.
  • Science Reference Center  Includes magazines and reference books. It may be easier and quicker to find the facts in the reference books.  On the left sidebar under Source Type you can limit your search to reference books. Find the MLA citation for your information by clicking on the article and then clicking on Cite under Tools in the right sidebar.
  • San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy  Use any animal information or pictures from this credible site.  Make sure to cite in your Works Cited.
    Sample Citation:  "California Brown Pelican." San Elijo Lagoon Conervancy Animal Guide: Birds. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, 2014. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.
  • Animal Diversity Web  From the University of Michigan.  Credible source for information,pictures and scientific classification.  Citation at bottom of page.
  • Encyclopedia of Life  Use for scientific classification, pictures and information. 
    Sample Citation:  "Neotrypaea californiensis: Pink Ghost Shrimp." EOL: Overview. Encyclopedia of Life, 14 Apr. 2012 Web. 14 Oct. 2014.

Sources for Pictures:

  • Discovery Education - has many good pictures and video clips.  Video clips will not show up if you print your Builder Board. MLA citations are under the Details tab when looking at a picture or video clip. When you find pictures you want to use, click on the + on the picture and add it to your QuickList.  You can drag
  • ImageQuest - totally pictures. Once you find a picture you would like to use, right click on it and save image as. Save to your school drive (the one with your ID number).  Click on Cite under the picture to get to the MLA citation.

Ms. Powell's California condor example.

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