November 17, 2013
Analyzethe Learners: I will be teaching a class of twenty-five fifth grade students
who are between ten and eleven years old. There are twelve girls and thirteen
boys, four of whom are African Americans. Overall, there are numerous ways that
my students learn. Thus, I will be incorporating a variety of teaching strategies in
order to ensure that all of my students can easily comprehend the material.
State Objectives:My fifth grade students will summarize the final battle of the Civil
War and describe the aftermath of the war itself by utilizing cooperative learning
groups,online research, Facebook,images, and interactive battle mapsby the end
of the day with 95% accuracy.
Select Methods, Media, and Materials: In order to appeal to a variety of learning
styles,I will be utilizing the following media, methods, and materials throughout
Computer Lab: The students will be using computers to research information
regarding group projects.
Facebook:The assignment instructions will be posted on Facebook, stating
that each group will post a comment regarding a particular battle strategy.
Interactive Battle Maps:The students will be researching Northern and
southern battle strategies using these virtual maps.
Cooperative Learning Groups:The students will be divided into groups of four
to complete an assigned project.
Images: I will display pictures of areas that received the most damage during the
Google Drive PowerPoint: As a final project, each student will create a different page
on the Google Drive PowerPoint to summarize the Civil War.
Utilize Media and Material: Prior to class, I will preview all materials and
electronic devices that will be used throughout the lesson. Thus, I will make sure
all of my digital materials and websites are working properly. Also, I will reserve
the computer lab for my students to research information and to complete their
group projects. I will also post the assignment instructions and grading criteria for
these projects on the classroom Facebook page. This will allow students to know
what is required in their projects. Furthermore, I will have a list posted on the
bulletin board, dividing the class into groups of four
Require Learner Participation: At the beginning of class, I will display images of
the location where the final Civil War battle took place (in Appomattox, Virginia). I
will also show a few pictures revealing the devastation of that region after the war.
Upon discussing this battle and the terms of surrender, the class will be divided
into groups of four to research the battle strategies utilized on either side that
resulted in a Northern victory. To accomplish this task, students will utilize a virtual
battle map. They will then deduce what strategies may have contributed to a Southern
surrender. During this research, the students will record their thoughts which will enable
my categorical learners to better organize the information. Each group will then post a
brief comment describing their ideas on the classroom Facebook page. After determining
possible reasons for this final Union victory, the students will then create a plan for
Reconstruction, assessing some of the damage caused by the Civil War. To do this, each
group will collaboratively determine a budget that will be set aside for reconstruction and
a plan describing how the country could raise the money needed to rebuild the war-torn
areas. To complete this assignment, the students will research the typical yearly salary of
individuals during this time period, the cost of building supplies, and the amount of money
set aside for the original Reconstruction Plan. The students will utilize a Civil War
interactive website in order to gather this information.
As a final project, each student will create one slide that they will attach to the
classroom PowerPoint on Google Drive. Each page must be about either a cause of
the war, a specific battle, or an important individual. (No two slides should be the
same.) This assignment will allow the students to reflect on each topic we have
discussed in class.
Evaluate and Revise: To evaluate my students and check for comprehension, I will:
Circulate throughout the room asking questions,
Check for student participation in group projects,
Grade comments left on Facebook,
Collect each groups budget/damage report
Grade Final Project (Google Drive PowerPoint)