Lesson Plan

Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation

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Boost observational skills with an inquiry-based lesson that takes scholars on a virtual field trip. With help from webcams, learners observe animals in a zoo or aquarium. Observations go into a journal and a discussion is held to review what the class has seen.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create an anchor chart that details observational skills, display the chart where learners can view it while working 
  • Search for additional webcams the class will find interesting and allow pupils to take a look when they complete other tasks
Classroom Considerations
  • Each participant needs a digital learning device, a composition notebook, and worksheet copies
  • Webcams require specific media players 
  • Allows your class to discover faraway places that they otherwise would not be able to visit 
  • Provides several extension activities 
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