Monday, July 28, 2008

Final Project: Lesson Plan

Comprehensive Unit Plan for Supervisor Gura
Final Project:
Unit/Lesson Plan

Unit: Historical Monuments in our Nation’s Capitol
Grades: 3-5
Language Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives
Students will:
*Learn about Washington, D.C.
*Demonstrate their creativity by making a podcast tour of D.C.
*Develop their writing skills by generating scripts about the monuments and historical sights.

Students will:
1. Listen, speak, read, and write in English for information and understanding.
2. Listen, speak, read, and write in English for literary response, enjoyment, and expression.
3. Listen, speak, read, and write in English for classroom and social interaction.

1. Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
2. Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
4. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Students will have a chance to engage in social interaction and collaborative efforts with their classmates. They will be able to express their creative energies and technological personalities through the production of a podcast. Prior to this, students will have already been familiarized with the production of podcasts.

Web Browser
Mapr of U.S. and Washington, D.C.
Audio Recording Software (ie: Audacity)
Chart Paper

Session 1: Intro to Washington, D.C./Overview of Project

• Locate Washington, D.C. on a map of the U.S. and discuss the areas where major landmarks are located.
• As a class, complete the KWL (what you know, what you want to know, what you learned) chart about Washington, D.C.

Session 2:

• Divide class into small groups. In small-group setting, use Web Browser to take a virtual tour of suggested links for landmarks.
• Instruct students to look for information and pictures of important their important building/monument.
• Students will be required to keep a learning log documenting URLs and important monuments sighted.

Session 3:
• Consult the KWL chart completed in Session 1. Using learning logs, ask students to fill in on the chart what they have learned about Washington, D.C.
• Discuss the chart and student findings. Discuss websites and hyperlinks for documenting findings.
• Each small group should write a script describing the physical features of the monument and the historical details. Students will complete this in their learning logs.

Session 4:
• Students will record their scripts.
• Have student listen to their recordings and rerecord if necessary.

Session 5: Presentation
• Students will share their podcast with the whole class.
• Teacher will combine all podcasts to make a comprehensive podcast tour of Washington, D.C.

Rubric that accounts for depth of the internet research; strength of group/partner work; as well as quality, mechanics, and creativity of the script and production.

What is a KWL? Click Here to Find Out!

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