ZachLMMS, PA, United States
ColbyLMMS, PA, United States
KevinLMMS, PA, United States
CarterLMMS, PA, United States
15 & under
Vicky RomagnoliLMMS, PA, United States
Joan KeiperLower Macungie Middle School, PA, United States
Science & Technology > Life Science > Animals > Marine Life > Fish
Ages 9 and up
When our group started out, we had a little bit of a hard time determining our topic. At first, some of our group members wanted to do the clownfish. Almost all of us disagreed, so we had to find a new topic. Soon after that, we chose to do jellyfish. We started out by breaking into subtopics, and we got some good research, but this was a very vague topic.
Finally, we did some searching. In about five minutes,we realized we wanted to do the butterflyfish. We all pretty much agreed with this topic, and found this an interesting fish.
In the beginning of our butterflyfish research, we had a hard time getting good information from Nettrekker. When we met as a class in the library, we had some trouble finding basically any information! We tried several teacher-approved sites, and only found a couple of sites that only had a small paragraph of information. We took what we could from those small paragraphs.
Then, in early December, Kevin got some very good information from Google. He filled out an evaluation form, and it turned out to be a very nice website. Some great information was received from that site.
After that, in late January and early February, we all did a little independent research and some of us got some solid information. Every little bit helps!
Later on in February, we met as a group and discussed our storyboard and website design. We discussed possible games, video, and graphics. Things were looking very nice!
Finally, we typed up our notes and were ready to make our webpages. We had some tough decisions to make, and overcame several things, but eventually, we pulled together and made things work!
We all are different as human beings. Some, like Carter, are very creative with web and art design. Others, like Kevin, are highly intrigued with the research that is involved. For some, Zach is more on the lazy side, and wants to do the least work possible. Colby has a bit more of a habit to procrastinate on just about everything. However, whatever work we do, we all seem, just like ourselves, to be different.
When we spilt up our work, Kevin was very organized, and, got started on his topic, the habitat on the Butterfly fish. He was very on top of everything, and was extremely up to date with the website. He tried to help us keep up with our work, for some of us; it was easier for us to get what we were going to put on our website. For others though, it took them a bit longer to get on track and finish our work. Not only has Kevin made us stay on task, he also was a great leader to us all.
After Carter received his work, he wanted to skip the research he was assigned that was the predators of the Butterfly Fish and go straight to the website design. Unfortunately, he had to get the research done before he could go start the web design. He was on track most of the time, only falling behind here and there. Eventually, the research for Carter was finished, and went right away with the web design he had been longing for.
Colby started a little later on his part of the project than everyone else did because of his habit of procrastination. Once he started to work on the project, however, the topic he had which consisted of species of the Butterfly fish, was vital to the website, he finished his information slowly but surely, and quickly typed it on the computer. Colby got some information for another fellow member of the group from accidentally forgetting what topic he was supposed to do. Colby was unorganized but once he put his mind to it, the task became done. Without Colby, a vital part of the project would be incomplete.
Zach was particularly lazy when it came to finding his part for the website, which was what Butterfly Fish eat. Not being the greatest motive in the group, he probably did the least amount of information at first. As the weeks went on however, he felt more pressured to finish up the work he had barely started. Just a few days before our group needed to get the work done, Zach spent a lot of time on it. Just before we needed it done, he showed up in school that day with all the information we needed. Luckily, he finished on time, because without it, we would have lost the one of the most important pieces of the website.