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  • 1. Amazing AnimalsBy: David Harvey
  • 2. Level: 4th Grade
    Number of students: 25
    Subject areas: Science and Language Arts
    • Rural school district
    White- 92%
    Black- 4%
    Hispanic- 3%
    Asian- 1%
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  • 3. Assignment Task: Explain/show how technology is used to support the curriculum in this lesson.
    Response: This project focuses on the integration of the Internet and PowerPoint® into the fourth grade science curriculum. The project consists of the development of a research report and a Power Point presentation on an animal of the student’s choice. The project was designed to integrate district software with current science curricula. Students will need to use higher-order thinking to synthesize, generalize, and explain the information they find through research. Students will research using the Internet and record information into a grid. They will then draft, edit, revise, and type their final draft as a Microsoft Word document. They will also create a PowerPoint® presentation to share with the class. It is hoped that students will learn important technological skills while expanding their understanding of science.
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  • 4. Question: What differences has the educator seen in the learning of the students because of this integration?
    Answer: The animal research project proved to be motivating as well as challenging for the students. Students were able to use the Internet in a real- life way to find the needed information about their animal. The project provided a meaningful way to practice the organization of information necessary to present information to a group of peers. Valuable note taking skills were used to keep research organized. It was also necessary to utilize the outcomes we were studying in our science animal unit. Students demonstrated mastery of disciplinary content as they shared the information with others.
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  • 5. Technology improved this lesson by giving students current information through the Internet. It also increased student motivation as they used technology to create clean, neat, and creative final products. The presentations were much more refined through the use of PowerPoint. The project required discipline, creativity, and elaborated written communication. Students took pride in their work and used the writing cycle to create a good, solid report. This project proved to be motivating and students were rewarded with polished final projects they could be proud of.
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  • 6. Question: What sort of support issues has the educator experienced? (in-service, lack of software, equipment failure, maintenance, etc?)
    Answer: For the most part the lesson went off “without a hitch”. Hardware and software seemed to be working just fine.
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  • 7. Timeline :
    It took the teacher approximately five hours to prepare for and work on the project.
    This project took about eighteen (45-60 minute) class periods for this particular teacher’s class.
    It is of course up to the teacher to determine the number of class periods he/she would like to devote to the project per day.
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  • 8. Materials/Hardware/Software :
    Access to the Internet – Yahooligans is the recommended search engine.
    Microsoft™ PowerPoint® 2000
    Microsoft™ Word® 2000
    Draft books/pencils
    Computer projector to give student presentations
    Overhead projector to model process
    Informational books about the animals
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  • 9. Activities/Procedures:
    Animal Research Report
    Objective: The learner will research and write a report about an animal.
    Rationale: Students need to learn to research a topic and efficiently organize that information to communicate it in writing. Students will need to problem solve and be self-directed along the way. One main goal is to use technology to become a quality producer.
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  • 10. Anticipatory Set: I will show them three examples of quality reports that students in previous years have written. This will get them excited and give them a standard to shoot for.
    Input and Modeling: This will be done through several lessons. In the computer lab I will show them how to access the Internet sites to find information. I will also model how to organize information in my research grid. When my grid is complete, I will model a draft as well as the proofreading stages. We will return to the computer lab to publish on Microsoft™ Word®. Students need to see me think aloud each step so they will clearly know what is expected.
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  • 11. Checking for Understanding: This will be done throughout the modeling stages through questions to clarify student understanding.
    Guided and Independent Practice: Students will have time after each lesson to work on their reports. As time progresses, students will be at various stages in the process. Many of them will need to use independent work times throughout the day to finish the paper on time.
    Closure: We will be sharing our reports through our PowerPoint® presentations. We will also display our published reports in the hall to share them with others in the building.
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