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Backyard Bonanza: A Different Kind of Game Show: Task

This guide presents a sample unit illustrating the use of collaborative components in Destiny© and LibGuides for an elementary-grade research project about common backyard insects and spiders.

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Survey Says....!

Could you guess a common backyard insect (such as a dragonfly, butterfly, grasshopper, or moth) or spider from a classmate's scientific description? That's the object of Backyard Bonanza: A Different Kind of Game Show.

Here's how it will work:


Each student will pick a "contestant" --  a type of insect or spider -- to study. Some samples are shown on the Contestant page. Students will select and utilize resources from RICAT to conduct research. See instructions on the Research page.



After completing research, each student will read to the class a list of the most intriguing scientific information about his or her contestant. Lists will be read in the form of, "My contestant is / has / does / can ______________". The class will have the chance to guess which insect or spider the student researched. See the guidelines on the Participate page



Each student will pick one research resource to create one of the following projects to share with the class:

(1) Write a detailed book review about the resource OR

(2) Create a home-made book trailer about the resource

Book reviews and book trailers will be posted to RICAT and/or LibGuides.

More guidelines are on the Share page.