Mrs. Martin's TopicQuest:
A Super Safari
Designed for 7th Grade Purple Team Students
by Mrs. Martin
 










 
 

Purple Team students are always ready for an adventure!  This year you will learn a lot about life science, mathematics, and language arts.  To begin our journey, let's travel outside of Bainbridge and Decatur County to learn more about some of the world's most exotic creatures and their habitats!


 
 

The term "wildlife" refers to many different creatures in many different places. Learn about various types of wildlife and their habitats.
Are lions really the "King of the Jungle?"  Are zebra's stripes alike?  Have questions?  Want answers?  Look here
Even within a given animal family, there can be many different members of that family.  These are called species.  How many tiger species are there?  Are any extinct?
When an animal's habitat is taken over by man or when their food and water is no longer available for other reasons, the animal might become endangered or extinct.  Learn about these animals. 
A biome is another word for habitat.  How many types of biomes exist?  Learn about various types of biomes and the animals and plants that live there.
Depending on an animal's habitat or biome, it may have adaptations that help it live there.
Conservation and preservation are two words we often hear when wildlife and the environment are discussed.  Several protection groups have been formed.
Many criticize the wasteful way in which we live.  How has our modern lifestyle affected our environment and its wildlife?
Zoos give us a way to see exotic animals first-hand without having to travel great distances.  Visit online zoos in Atlanta and Cincinnati, or choose your own city.
If Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin are your favorite stars, you can watch them AND learn more about wildlife. Check out the Animal Planet on t.v. or on the web.
Didn't find anything about your favorite furry or feathery friend?  Then do a little research on your own to share with others. 


 
 
 

Scenario Mission #1

You have just secured your first big job as a wildlife conservation consultant.  You have been asked to give advice to a government agency on how to protect that country's wildlife species. Analyze the characteristics of ONE biome of your choice.  Make recommendations for developing a optimal habitat to protect the plant and animal species in the biome that you chose.

Steps to Accomplish Your Mission
1. Visit the two biomes links above.  Browse these sites and learn about the six different types of biomes.  Choose ONE biome for your project.
2.  As you browse, make notes of the relevant information about your biome.
3.  Design a Wildlife Management Plan for the biome,  This can be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, a written report, or a diagram or model of the area.
4.  The Wildlife Management Plan should include information on the following components of the biome:  location, climate, plant life, and organisms.
QCCs for Scenario Mission #1
Science:  7.20  Describes characteristics of major biomes
Technology: 7.4  Operates basic technology tools and applications
Language Arts:  7.50 Selects relevant information from a variety of sources

Rubric for Mission Scenario #1

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Score
7th Grade Science - Objective 7.20
Describes Characteristics
of Major
Biomes
Student describes few components of a biome, but omits two or more:  location, climate, plant life, and organisms. Student describes most components of a biome, but omits at least one:  location, climate, plant life, and organisms. Student describes all components of a biome: location, climate, plant life, and organisms.  
7th Grade Technology - Objective 7.4
Operates basic
technology tools and applications
Student operates basic technology tools and applications with extra help from teacher. Student operates basic technology tools and applications with some help from teacher. Student operates basic technology tools and applications with little help from teacher.  
 7th Grade Language Arts - Objective 7.50
Selects relevant information from a variety of sources
Little information is relevant and pertains to topic. Most information is relevant and pertains to topic. All 
information is relevant and pertains to topic.
 


 

Scenario Mission #2

The Greatest Show on Earth is coming to town -- the CIRCUS!  In your capacity as Event Promoter for the Chamber of Commerce, you are to promote the big cat show -- the TIGERS!  Before you make public appearances, though, you want to learn more about these magnificent beasts.  Learn about the different tiger species in order to develop your presentation. 

Steps to Accomplish Your Mission
1. View the link above to learn about the various tigers species.
2. Create a PowerPoint presentation or a printed  report with visual aids to educate the public about tigers.  You should have a chart, such as a bar graph or Venn Diagram, to compare and contrast the different species.
3. In your report or presentation, be sure to include:
a.  The names of different species of tigers.
b.  The areas in which each species lives.
c.  The characteristics of each species, such as size, weight, etc.
d.  The familiy structure of a group of tigers.
e.  The diet and hunting instincts of different species of tigers.
QCCs for Scenario Mission #2

Mathematics 7.4 - Uses computer software and applications to research, investigate, and analyze data and to represent this information using charts, tables, graphs, or other presentation forms.
Technology 7.4 - Operates basic technology tools and applications.
Language Arts 7.70 - Produces various types of writing suitable for situation.
Language Arts 7.76 - Uses available electronic communications and technology in writing.

Rubric for Mission Scenario #1

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Score
7th Grade Math - Objective 7.4
Uses Computer Software and Applications to Design Charts, Tables, Graphs, etc.
Student utilizes software and applications to design graphics with extra help
from teacher.
Student utilizes software and applications to design graphics  with some help from teacher. Student utilizes software and applications to design graphics with minimal or no help from teacher .  
7th Grade Technology - Objective 7.4
Operates basic
technology tools and applications
Student operates basic technology tools and applications with extra help from teacher. Student operates basic technology tools and applications with some help from teacher. Student operates basic technology tools and applications with little help from teacher.  
 7th Grade Language Arts - Objective 7.70
Produces various types of writing
Student presentation contains less than three of the required elements. Student presentation contains four of the required elements. Student presentation contains all 
of the required elements.
 
7th Grade Language Arts - Objective 7.76
Uses available electronic communications and technology in writing
Student presentation is prepared completely by conventional means; no evidence of use of technology.
Student presentation is prepared partly by conventional means and partly on the computer, including charts and/or graphs.
Student presentation is completely prepared on computer, including charts and/or graphs.
 


 
 

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