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Students participate in a collaborative project with another class and view their process of creating the project using technology. Then they use a digital camera and send pictures electronically, saving the pictures to the school's website. Finally, students create models made from marshmallows and use a digital camera to send electronic pictures of their creations.
Upper graders and middle schoolers make up a scenario of planning outdoor concert locations for their favorite musical group. They do this by looking into the weather patterns in a variety of tropical regions. They research where and when severe weather happens in these regions, and work together to come up with a proposed itinerary for their band that should keep them "dry" during their performances. A great teaching idea, and a wonderful lesson plan!
Explore the concept of electrical cars through technology and language arts activities. Learners will research advancements in car building and watch "Electric Car: American Industry and Innovation." They will then create marketing campaigns to sell the cars. Handouts and resources are included.
Young scholars utilize Google Earth along with various multimedia to create a virtual tour across the world. In this geography and technology lesson, students choose a location to research. They showcase the location by including narration, pictures, links, audio, etc, using a wide variety of technology. All of the young scholars' "place marks" will be linked together to form a worldwide tour. Classes will have the opportunity to share tours with each other via Skype chat.
Bring global awareness into the classroom. Young politically minded learners read an article about the ban on arms sales to China and discuss political concerns about this issue. They research other embargos on foreign trade and use a graphic organizer to consider the impact of having it lifted would produce.
Introduce your class to technology tools that allow them to communicate with other classes. Using the Internet, they will send pictures of their class along with the school website to another class. To end the lesson, they practice using a digital camera. Extension: Continue this interaction with a blog that both classes participate in.
After completing a how-to paper and a story about about how to eat an Oreo cookie, your writers must record themselves following each step. This activity will allow them to practice writing a descriptive and instructional paper, as well as outlining four main elements of this video. Note: Using a flip camera is suggested, you can modify this instruction by using any type of video recording device.
The Boy Scouts of America need to know their stuff to get an entrepreneurship merit badge. Test your class or use some of the questions from this eight page packet. They'll fill out short answer questions about entrepreneurship in order to get a merit badge, or to show what they know.
Students identify and evaluate Korea's role in inventions in Asia. In this Korean Invention lesson, students complete a chart of innovations and discuss where they are from. Students read about Korean inventions and complete a chart. Students discuss their findings and create a timeline of Korean inventions.
Looking for an innovative way to teach descriptive letter writing? Then, this lesson is for you! Fourth graders who have read the book Dear Mrs. LaRue, respond to the literature by composing a letter from the perspective of Mrs. LaRue's dog, Ike. Additionally, they create an imovie that includes an original illustration, and a recording of their letter. Outstanding lesson!
The 2010 immigration bill passed in Arizona provides class members with an opportunity to examine various perspectives of the immigration debate by watching news videos, reading interview, editorials, and viewing images. Discussion questions, activities, and assessment strategies are included in the richly detailed plan.
What is the difference between a bystander and an upstander? A collaborative project created through digital media will help the class understand that they can participate in an online community respectfully and responsibly. They consider the impact of cyberbullying and how their language or actions can impact others. Then, in small groups, they create surveys to distribute, collect, and evaluate. They use the data they collected to create a campaign to stop cyberbullies. Note: The lesson is great, but it needs to extend to applications in the real world, bullying happens everywhere, not just in cyberspace.
Use this project-based lesson to help your young mathematicians learn about shapes in their environment. Using everyday technology, learners must find shapes such as squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles. They use digital cameras to capture shapes in the environment, and produce a book of shapes which features their photographs. A terrific teaching idea!