From the videos, it allows students to get a better idea of the importance of estuaries. They will be able to visit educational websites to give them a better understanding of what an estuary is and why they are so important. Educational information about estuaries can be found at websites like estuaries.noaa.gov and www.epa.gov. Left video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLumSN4G5P4Left picture: http://www.google.com/search?q=noaa+estuary+pictures&hl=en&tbo=d&rlz=1C1SKPC_enUS377&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=7IMWUeaMLvOt0AGO8YG4AQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAA&biw=1280&bih=685#hl=en&tbo=d&rlz=1C1SKPC_enUS377&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=estuary+pictures&oq=estuary+pictures&gs_l=img.3..0j0i24.2983.5261.0.56126.96.36.199.0.0.0.190.606.0j4.4.0...0.0...1c.1.2.img._wyINnpkusA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42080656,d.dmQ&fp=aed2b1e290830080&biw=1280&bih=685&imgrc=K5clu62bmJ46KM%3A%3BzlfQc5HNREnKoM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcelebrating200years.noaa.gov%252Ftransformations%252Fcoastal_research%252Festuary650.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcelebrating200years.noaa.gov%252Ftransformations%252Fcoastal_research%252Festuary.html%3B650%3B429Right video: http://estuaries.noaa.gov/EstuaryLive/VideoGallery.aspx?ID=60Right picture: http://www.google.com/search?q=noaa+estuary+pictures&hl=en&tbo=d&rlz=1C1SKPC_enUS377&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=7IMWUeaMLvOt0AGO8YG4AQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAA&biw=1280&bih=685#hl=en&tbo=d&rlz=1C1SKPC_enUS377&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=estuary+united+states&oq=estuary+u&gs_l=img.3.1.0i24l4.3399.5638.5.7188.8.131.52.0.0.0.97.2184.108.40.206...0.0...1c.1.2.img.9pSQPjGt1Uo&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42080656,d.dmQ&fp=aed2b1e290830080&biw=1280&bih=642&imgrc=WhazhVnNUEvhFM%3A%3BKHVs9gzsIlhrNM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftrnerr.org%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2010%252F07%252FNERRS_map.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftrnerr.org%252F%253Fpage_id%253D1334%3B958%3B561
Podcasts are another way to incorporate technology in the classroom. Although this podcast is longer, it can be stopped at certain moments to discuss with the students. There is no need to listen to the entire podcast, just the parts that are important for the students to learn.
This Graphic Organizer was created using the program Inspiration. It has a list of terms that are often used in regards to estuaries. How is this diagram going to be used during a lesson? This graphic organizer will list terms that the class will become familiar with while learning about estuaries. The expectation is that the students will know these terms and be able to define them. How does this visual enhance student understanding of the topic? This organizer is a great list to have when learning a new topic. The students can use the organizer to help them study. I will give them photos to have them match the vocabulary words. This way it allows them to match a picture with the word to help them better understand.
This is made using program Inspiration. The objective is to have the students fill in the blanks. 1) How would this diagram be used in an actual lesson? This graphic organizer will enable students practice using the terms that go along with estuaries. This worksheet will be a follow up of the previous inspiration organizer. The purpose is to assess the students knowledge of estuaries. The students can also use this as a study guide if they want. 2)How does this visual enhance student understanding of the topic? This organizer can be a great tool to have when learning a new subject. Students can pair up with other students to see what other words they could have used. The students have the opportunity to pick which words to use instead of being told. The students feel like they have more freedom this way. The boxes are numbered to it is easier for them to go back and refer to a specific box when discussing with a friend.
Technology Integration• Rational: – Although estuaries are not discussed as often as other forms of water, they are still important. It is important to understand how to protect our environment and wild life. Through the use of technology, we will be able to learn more about these estuaries and all that inhabit them. – The goal is to use technology to bring knowledge about estuaries to both students and teachers. – With the use of technology, students will be able to get first hand videos of estuaries, collect information on estuaries, and learn more about where estuaries are located. – Click Here to Watch Video
Internet Content• The internet will allow students to watch videos, read information blogs, and discuss estuaries with others• The internet gives students the opportunity to talk with experts, access photographs, and search educational websites that provide information specific to estuaries
Internet Blog http://nerrablog.blogspot.com/This blog shows pictures from estuaries andposts events to help save or work in estuaries.There are updates on legislation about helpingsaving these habitats. There is also the option to post a question and get it answered by the professionals in the field.
Internet Podcasts http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/599 (click link above to visit website) This podcasts has researchers discuss the climate changes in California and how thesechanges threaten the estuaries. Students willhear about the problems that estuaries face due to climate change.
Internet Resource #1• United States Environmental Protection Agency (click here for website)• This website provides information on what estuaries are, why are they important, problems estuaries face, and how people can help. Also, there is a glossary of terms associated with estuaries.
Internet Resource #2• National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (click link for website)• The website provides videos, data, pictures, and information about estuaries. There are also ways to get involved to help protect the estuaries. The information is presented in a colorful and child oriented way so that children can get the most out of the information.
Internet Resource #3• World Biomes (click link for website)• The website is full of information about estuaries and is presented in a kid friendly manner. The students can play games, watch videos, and learn how to help protect the estuaries.
Inspiration Diagram #2Fill in the blanks with words relating to estuaries. Then use the word in a sentence.
Teaching Materials #1• Estuary Worksheet (Click to Access) – Allows students to work on learning and using words that are associated with estuaries.• Estuary Quiz (Click to Access) – This lets the students practice their knowledge and encourages them to learn more about estuaries.
Teaching Materials #2• Estuary Game (Click to Play) – Students can work to save the estuary. The game provides information about estuaries and how to help save them by cleaning up the pollution.• About Estuaries (Click to View) – Provides information about estuaries and also have links that the students can click on to further their learning.
Subject-Specific Resource• Estuary Real Time Data (Click to Access) – This is real time data on estuaries being tracked currently. The students can use the information to graph the estuaries around the country or they can graph the differences in estuaries based on the day and time. – The website gives the water quality and weather for the estuaries in real time
Uses of the Internet• Online Programs – NERRA (Click to Access) • National Estuarine Research Reserve Association • This is where students can come and see what different projects are happening. These projects help preserve the estuaries. Provides numerous contacts both local and national for people to get involved with.
Uses of the Internet 2• Talk to an Expert – Get to Know the Experts (Click to discover) • The link provides links to profiles of experts in the field of estuaries. There are biographies and they answer questions about their specific field in which they work and their greatest accomplishment.
Web 2.0• Estuaries on Facebook (Click to Access)• This provides information on the protection and conservation of the United States Estuaries.• Google Docs (Click to Access) – This is a way for the students to access their documents at home and at school.
Rubrics• Create Rubrics (Click to Access)• This is a way to create a rubric that is specific to the assignment. It allows the teacher to assess specifically based on the objective of the assignment.• Completed Rubrics (Click to Access) – These rubrics are already premade and can be adapted to fit the assessment needs.