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  • 1. LESSON PLAN GUIDEYour name: Emily WardDate: Aug. 3, 2011Lesson Title: Using Library Resources to ResearchGrade level: 5th Grade Length of lesson: 10 min. instruction; 20 min. researchPurpose: (“why” of the lesson; where and how does it fit in the curriculum?)As students are preparing to exit elementary school and enter middle school, they need to beprepared to conduct research on their own and in collaboration with others. This lesson will allowstudents to practice using multiple formats in researching, including the internet, electronicdatabases, print encyclopedias, magazines, and books. The lesson will also remind students of theimportance of appropriately giving credit to authors, by instructing on how to cite sources in abibliography.Learning Outcome(s): (what will students be able to do/know by the end of the lesson?) Students will… Research using multiple sources in at least 3 formats Take notes about what they learn including the most critical information related to their topic Organize their information into appropriate categories Fully cite their sources according to the school’s standardsCommon Core Standard(s) Addressed: Reading Standards for Informational Text: 7. Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. 9. Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. Writing Standards: 7. Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.Illinois Professional Teaching Standards Addressed: 4G. Understands how to use various technological tools to access and manage information. 5C. Understands how to help students work cooperatively and productively in groups. 7E. Models accurate, effective communication when conveying ideas and information and when asking questions and responding to students. 7H. Communicates with and challenges students in a supportive manner and provides students with constructive feedback. 9D. Understands the collaborative process.Technology Standards for Students (NETS): 3. b. Students locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.9/7/06G. Burch
  • 2. 3.c. Students evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks. 5.a. Students advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.Materials: Needed by you: Bibliography of helpful websites and informational texts available to students to research the women’s suffrage movement Resource Matrix for keeping track of resources Needed by students: Computer accessInstructional procedures: Focusing event: (how will you get the students’ attention?) To gather students’ attention and prepare them to focus on their topic of choice, I will do very brief booktalks of the print materials available in the library media center regarding the women’s suffrage movement. Input from you: (what are you teaching & how are you delivering the content?) While students are at library tables in front of the projector screen, I will guide students through the online databases we have available, including Kids Search, KidsClick! and the Grolier Encyclopedia. I will demonstrate, first using KidsClick! to search for “women’s suffrage”. Selecting one the websites available (“Not For Ourselves Alone”) I will walk them through what type of information they can find on such a site. Next I will exhibit how I would cite this source, according to our school’s citation standards, which express that upper elementary students should cite sources in an abbreviated form of MLA: Author Last Name, First Name. “Title of article/webpage.” Title of book/website/resource. I will write this citation on the moveable dry erase board. Guided practice: (application of knowledge by students) To assess how students are understanding this research process, I will have them participate in going through the Grolier Encyclopedia. First I will ask for keywords from the students to use in the search. Then, I will have students choose the most appropriate article. Then I will have students come up to the white board to fill in each part of the citation. Closure (how will you end the lesson?) To end the lesson I will pass out the Resource Matrices to guide students through their research and invite them to use the computers or use the available print resources.Check for understanding (what questions will you ask and when to determine students’understanding?) During introductory booktalks Where can you find the index of a book?9/7/06G. Burch
  • 3. How do you find an article in the print encyclopedia? While we do walkthrough of KidsClick! What is a “keyword”? Where do you find the title of a webpage? Where do you look for an author on a website? During guided practice Give me an example of a keyword we can search. What kind of information can you find in a list of search results?What’s next? (another related lesson, review, end of unit?)Students will spend the next several days researching, before returning to the library to type uptheir results. Before typing their research, I will teach the following lesson, “Using MicrosoftWord to Produce Written Content.”9/7/06G. Burch
  • 4. Your name: Emily WardDate: Aug. 3, 2011Lesson Title: Using Microsoft Word to Produce Written ContentGrade level: 5th Grade Length of lesson: 10 min. instruction; 20 min. practicePurpose: (“why” of the lesson; where and how does it fit in the curriculum?)After conducting research, students must learn how to present it and share it with others. Tobecome successful in the modern educational realm and workplace, students need to be able to usebasic computer authoring tools, the most widely-used of which is Microsoft Word. In this lesson,students will be taught the basics of using Microsoft Word, and will be provided with ample time topractice using this application with assistance available.Learning Outcome(s): (what will students be able to do/know by the end of the lesson?) Students will… Have practiced their typing skills Know how to change font styles and sizes, margins, and text widths Know how to save and print their workCommon Core Standard(s) Addressed: Writing Standards: 6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology including the Internet to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others Language Standards: 1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.Illinois Professional Teaching Standards Addressed: 4G. Understands how to use various technological tools to access and manage information. 5C. Understands how to help students work cooperatively and productively in groups. 7E. Models accurate, effective communication when conveying ideas and information and when asking questions and responding to students. 7H. Communicates with and challenges students in a supportive manner and provides students with constructive feedback. 9D. Understands the collaborative process.Technology Standards for Students (NETS): 1.b. Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students create original works by means of personal or group expression. 2.a. Students interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. 6.b. Students select and use applications effectively and productively.9/7/06G. Burch
  • 5. Materials: Needed by you: Exit Slip Bad Microsoft Word examples Needed by students: Computer access Hand-written text to be typed Citation list of resources Classroom zip-drivesInstructional procedures: Focusing event: (how will you get the students’ attention?) I will have students sit at the tables in front of the projector and show my Bad Microsoft Word examples. Students will volunteer reasons why these are examples of how they shouldn’t use Word to type their work. This will lead us into conversations of what are good ways to use Word to type their work. Input from you: (what are you teaching & how are you delivering the content?) Over the projector, I will type a paragraph in Microsoft Word, making sure to use correct spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. I will then manipulate the paragraph in different ways to show students how to change the font, the text width, and the spacing. Then I will show how to save the document to their classroom zip drive and remind them to raise their hands for my go-ahead before printing the document. Guided practice: (application of knowledge by students) Students will then move over to the computers with their partners, to practice typing the first paragraph they have written for their project. I will then encourage the typist to read over his/her own work. Next, I will encourage the partner to read over the text, looking for and correcting errors. With my coaching, they will then change the font, the font size, the spacing, and the text width. When they get their text in the correct format, they will save it to their zip drive, and continue on with their typing. Closure (how will you end the lesson?) Students will be busy continuing with their work, so I will just encourage them to keep working and raise their hands with any questions (or when they’re ready to print). I will continue to circulate, helping students when necessary. I will remind students of the fact that if they choose to print images from the internet (which they can get from searching on CreativeCommons.org), they will print in black and white.Check for understanding (what questions will you ask and when to determine students’understanding?) During Focusing Event: What makes this example difficult to read? During Example Paragraph:9/7/06G. Burch
  • 6. What are some examples of easy-to-read fonts? How wide would I want to set the text to fit in a pamphlet? Who can tell me the library policy for printing? During Guided Practice: Why do we have your partner read over the text, too? How do you change the font size? Where do you go to save the document?What’s next? (another related lesson, review, end of unit?)Students will use the text they type during this lesson to create a pamphlet or poster promotingtheir topic. This will be done in the classroom with support of their classroom teacher.9/7/06G. Burch
  • 7. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:Evaluation plans:To evaluate these lessons, I will gather and review the two formative assessments I provided thestudents with following each lesson. The first lesson’s assessment, the resource matrix, will allowme to judge whether students were able to successfully find and understand a variety of resourcesand whether they were able to cite these resources correctly. The exit pass following the secondlesson, while mostly for the students’ self-assessment and planning capabilities, will allow me to seewhat problems students are running into, information I will be able to pass on to their classroomteacher. Further, although I will not be providing students with the final assessment checklist(this will come from their classroom teacher), I will review these with the teacher and contributecomments to the forms. Finally, I will meet with the classroom teacher to go over what wassuccessful about our collaboration, what didn’t go well, and how we can improve for our nextcollaboration.Differentiated Learning Opportunities:The basics of the project incorporate a variety of differentiated learning opportunities to allowfor multiple intelligences of students. Some of these opportunities are represented most clearly inthe final presentation of the project. For example, students can choose to brighten their poster orpamphlet either by finding usable images online or using their own art skills. Similarly, bypresenting this project as a partner team, students have built-in flexibility and support to succeedin areas they might struggle in typically. Additionally, students will be able to use any informationalresources in their research, which will allow more visual learners to use videos and more auditorylearners to use audio texts. In special cases, students will be allowed to visit the library mediacenter at additional points in time to continue research and/or word processing. This will allowstudents who work more slowly or who don’t have access to computers outside of school to finishtheir work successfully.Role of Classroom Teacher: The classroom teacher will be introducing the project, which will include two majorcomponents. First, the teacher will provide an introduction to the women’s suffrage movement,particularly sharing with students some examples of posters and pamphlets that were used topromote different sides of the issue during the time. Second, the teacher will lead the classthrough a brainstorming process using an idea web to come up with possible topics for research.Students will work in partners on this project, so after the brainstorm, students will choose whichtopic interests them (allowing two students for each topic). Before coming to the library mediacenter, the teacher will also instruct students on how to take notes while researching. After the first trip to the LMC, the classroom teacher will instruct students on how to turntheir research into a creative written product, which they will then type up during their secondtrip to the LMC. Following this second trip, the classroom teacher will lead students in constructingtheir final project.9/7/06G. Burch
  • 8. Assessment Forms: Resource MatrixMy Name___________________________________________________________________My Partner’s Name____________________________________________________________Our research topic___________________________________________________________Our research questions are______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The resources I think will be most helpful for our project are: Source of information Type of One answer I found in this source…(Author Last Name, First Name. “Title of information Article/Webpage.” Title of (Format) Book/Website/Resource.)The best resource we found was__________________________________________________________________________This is the best source because______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________9/7/06G. Burch
  • 9. Exit PassMy Name______________________________ Date________________________________Today I worked on ___________________________________________________________I learned that_______________________________________________________________One problem I had was_________________________________________________________Next I need to______________________________________________________________9/7/06G. Burch
  • 10. Final Assessment ChecklistTopic: ____________________________________________________________________My Name:__________________________ My Partner’s Name________________________ Assessing My Poster/PamphletDid We Complete All The Parts of theProject? Yes No Comments ResearchDid my partner and I choose a narrow topicrelated to the womens suffrage movementto research?Did we find information from at least 3 high-quality sources?Did we cite our sources fully and correctly?While researching, did I take notes in myown words? WritingDid we present the most importantinformation about our topic?Did we organize our information intosections that make sense?Did we use words that will convince ouraudience?Did we carefully check our spelling,grammar, and punctuation? Overall PresentationDid we use an authoring software (like MSWord) to type our information?Did we use formatting tools in thatsoftware, such as font, headings, word art,or columns, to arrange our information in away that will attract our audience?Did we include images from the internet orartwork to enhance our project?Did we include a bibliography on the backof our poster or final section of ourpamphlet?Is our poster or pamphlet attractive?Rating System for Checklist:9/7/06G. Burch
  • 11. ResearchExceeds Our research meets all four of the criteria.Meets Our research meets three of the criteria.Approaches Our research meets two of the criteria.Not met Our research meets one or none of the criteria.WritingExceeds Our writing meets all four of the criteria.Meets Our writing meets three of the criteria.Approaches Our writing meets two of the criteria.Not met Our writing meets one or none of the criteria.Overall PresentationExceeds Our presentation meets all five of the criteria.Meets Our presentation meets four of the criteria.Approaches Our presentation meets three of the criteria.Not met Our presentation meets two or fewer of the criteria.Bad Microsoft Word Examples: 1. The sun did not shine it was too wet to play so we sat in the house all that cold cold wet day I sat there with Sally we sat there we two and I said how I wish we had something to do 2. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. 3. dO YOU LIKE GREEN EGGS AND HAM? i DO NOT LIKE THEM sAM i AM.9/7/06G. Burch