Predators in the Big Woods Teacher's Page
A  WebQuest for Grades 3-5, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

Just like the Ingalls family had to deal with predators so do farmers today. This WebQuest provides an excellent opportunity for students to use their critical thinking skills to address difficult decisions that farmers and ranchers sometimes have to face.

The Cause-Effect activity is certainly appropriate. You may need to explain the Cause-Effect and Venn Diagram graphic organizers before students begin these activities.


NS.K-4.3 Life Science

Students should develop understanding of the characteristics of organisms, life cycles of organisms, and organisms and their environments.

NS.K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives

Students should develop an understanding of types of resources, changes in environments, and science and technology in local challenges.

NL-ENG.k-12.3 Evaluation Strategies

Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of the word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features.

NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies

Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge

Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions, media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.

NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data

Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills

Students use a variety of technological and information resources to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes.

NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts

Students will demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems. Students are proficient in the use of technology.

NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity Tools

Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.

NT.K-12.4 Technology Communication Tools

Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

NT.K-12.5 Technology Research Tools

Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. Students use technology tools to process data and report results. Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

NT.K-12.6 Technology Problem Solving and Decision-Making Tools

Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions. Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.


Science: Strand 7, Sec. 1C&D
Language Arts: Writing Sec. 8


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Holly Bears Den Cam

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Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.