This WebQuest teaches the differences between different types
of animals and how basic observation of an animal can give clues
to what type it is.
It also teaches critical thinking by allowing the students to
evaluate different aspects of a problem in relation to a set of
criteria, and to then extrapolate further unobserved informaton
based on observed information. For example, knowing a hamster
is a mammal will allow them to make a number of assumptions about
what baby hamsters look like and what they need without actually
having to see baby hamsters.
Finally, the students will be asked to put the information they've
acquired to practical use by going "shopping" for the
best available hamster accessories based on what they know the
hamster's needs to be.
Although not an explicit part of the WebQuest, there are components
of it that touch on information related to reproduction, geography,
environmental issues, finances, etc. Indirectly the students will
also be exposed to a wide variety of different animal types that
are not the specific target of this WebQuest.
Hopefully, the students will also develop an appreciation of
the complexity and amazing variety of animals in the world, and
will enjoy exploring the world of hamsters and their care.