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Young mathematicians use bags of Skittles to help them gain practice in graphing and organizing data. They work in pairs, and after they have counted and organized their Skittles, they access a computer program which allows them to print a colorful version of their results in graph form. Of course, they finish by eating the Skittles!
Life science learners view an online animated mini textbook comparing two types of cell division. Working in groups, they use a digital microscope to capture images of cells in different stages of mitosis and meiosis. Then they create an informational brochure for each process. If you have the laboratory equipment and computer software required to carry out this lesson plan, it is sure to produce educated cell biologists!
Students run a computer simulation. They collect data as they work and use the data to create an annual report for their business. Several different simulations could be used for this project. It is desirable for students to do this project individually, but it could be done as a class using a large screen monitor.
Young computer users utilize a CD-ROM which features an episode from the Arthur series in order to learn how to appropriately-use computers, and how to NOT use them. The CD-ROM also has five activities that learners can engage in which reinforce the things they learned while watching the Arthur episode. This excellent lesson has worksheets embedded, and a nice at-home activity. Very good!
Students discover the different terms and parts of a computer's body. In this computer basics lesson, students become familiar with the parts of the computer, starting in kindergarten and increasing their knowledge through school. Students are assessed on the parts of a computer using visual images and word banks.
An important lesson on cybercrimes is here for you. In it, young computer users learn about how people commit crimes on computers by hacking into accounts, and stealing personal information from people. Some excellent discussion questions and activities are embedded in this plan, which should be taught to all children at some point.
Middle schoolers examine different parts of the computer and utilize the keyboard, mouse, printer drives, disks and CD's. They explore an Operating System which allows them to locate, open and close files and they are introduced to word processing and spreadsheets. They research the Internet and write a letter via E-mail.
Students learn and practice using a computer. They complete a checklist as they complete each item on the list. During the first session, students demonstrate competency with a mouse, identify icons and menus on the desk top as well as launch programs. Students create and print a greeting card.
Here is a set of cards explaining the meanings of a variety of different parts of a computer. While not exactly a lesson per se, these cards could be printed out and used quite easily in a formatted lesson. For this time of computers, it's important for learners to know this vocabulary. There are 24 cards all in all, and each one has a good photograph associated with it.
Students compare computer hardware and software by engaging in a PowerPoint presentation and looking at newspaper advertisements. They enter their data into handheld computers and share it with classmate by beaming it to their handhelds. They work in groups to design a poster of the computer they would chose.