The Plant Castle Technology Integration Project Emily Blaisdell IP&T 287
Students will use structural analysis and context clues to determine the meanings of words.
Students will be able to identify and recognize six unfamiliar vocabulary words in the story (arboretum, cacti, succulents, orchid, papayas, and cacao).
The Technology I Used
I created a PowerPoint that corresponded with the story of the week, “The Plant Castle.”
The slide topics were:
Four Reading Strategies
Vocabulary Word Slides
Four Reading Strategies Slides
Context Sentence, Word & Definition Slide Examples
How I Used Technology
I used my PowerPoint to show my students the vocabulary words and four reading strategies before I read them the story.
How I Used Technology
As I read the story, I stopped and showed the slide with the sentence that contained one of the vocabulary words. The students guessed the vocabulary word that belonged in the sentence. After they guessed, I showed the correct word on a slide. Then I showed my students the word definition slide.
What Went Well
My students really enjoyed seeing the PowerPoint slides.
My students liked guessing which vocabulary word would go in the sentence and checking to see if they were right or not by the word that came up on the next slide.
The PowerPoint also helped them learn the vocabulary word definitions.
What Went Not So Well…
My mentor teacher wouldn’t allow me to use the LCD projector like I had planned and I had to show my students the PowerPoint from my personal laptop. Because of this, not all of the students could see the PowerPoint clearly.
What I Would Do Differently
If I could teach this lesson again, I would definitely use the LCD projector so that all of my students could see the PowerPoint.
I would also use the Technology Cart (along with the LCD projector) so that my students could be involved in the technology by pressing enter to transition the slides.
Student Use of Technology
For this lesson, I was the only one actually working the technology. However, the students were actively engaged in the lesson because the PowerPoint was interactive—they had to guess the vocabulary word and check their guess by the next slide that appeared.
Technology Use Is Essential
Technology was essential in this lesson. I created the PowerPoint to help my students guess the correct vocabulary word for the sentence and to see and learn the vocabulary word definitions. The only way my students could see the story sentence, the vocabulary words, and the definitions was on the PowerPoint because the book itself did not have large text or a definitions page.
Focus on the Learning Task
Using the PowerPoint helped the students achieve the learning objective. The students guessed the vocabulary word that fit correctly in the context sentence displayed on the slide. In addition, the PowerPoint also helped the students see and learn the vocabulary word definitions.
This lesson would have been a lot harder without technology. Without the PowerPoint, my students wouldn’t have been able to see the context sentences, the vocabulary words, or the word definitions. In addition, the PowerPoint allowed me to color coordinate the vocabulary word color with the definition color so the students had an extra connection between the word and the definition.