29 September 2013
Day One: Introduction to the Colonies
I. Analyze the Learners: There are twenty-two students in my fourth grade class (three of
whom are African American). Overall, thirteen of my students are girls, and the other
nine are boys. In addition, all of my students are between the ages of eight and nine. In
order to accommodate for the learning styles of each of my students, I will incorporate a
variety of teaching methods (such as: cooperative group projects, visual aids, songs, role
II. State Objectives:My fourth grade students will describe aspects of colonial life and
willcompare and contrast specific cultural elements of the colonial time period through
the utilization of maps, Second Life,visual aids, and group projectsby the end of the day
with 95% accuracy.
III. Selecting Methods, Material, and Media:In order to complement the different learning
styles of my students, I will utilize the following methods, media, and materials
throughout this lesson:
Smart Board: I will utilize the smartboard throughout this lesson to display
pictures, maps, and other visual aids
Second Life:The students will utilize the computer lab to access a colonial settlement
that I will create on Second Life.
Google Images: I will utilize Google Images to display maps of England and the
thirteen colonies to my class.
Pinterest: I will display images of colonial attire retrieved from my Pinterest
Poster Materials (markers, poster board, glue scissors): The students will work
together to create a collage that depicts the aspects of colonial life.
Facebook: For homework, the students will access the class Facebook page to
leave a brief comment regarding their experience with Second Life.
IV. Utilizing Media and Materials:Before the lesson, I will check that all electronic devices
are working properly (such as the smart board, class computers, etc.). In addition, I will
also preview all websites that will be utilized (such as: my colonial settlement on Second
Life). Furthermore, I will place all of my visual aids in an area that is easily accessible, and
I will arrange the desks into pods so that the children will be able to work in cooperative
learning groups. In addition, I will also store the poster supplies on a table in the back of
the room (which should ultimately function to minimize distractions during the lesson).
Finally, I will reserve the computer lab so that each student will be able to participate in
the virtual tour of a colonial settlement on Second Life.
V. Require Learner Participation:In order to capture the interest of my students, I will
inform the children that the class will be traveling “back in time” to visit the thirteen
original colonies. At this point, I will provide my students with background information
regarding England and the thirteen colonies; thus, I will utilize Google Images to display
maps of these regions.
Once these maps have been presented to the class, I will inform the students
that the culture of the colonists greatly differ from our culture today. To illustrate this
fact, I will display pictures of colonial attire that I have achieved from my Pinterest
account. I will then engage my students in a class discussion regarding the differences
between colonial attire and modern-day apparel.Finally, in order to complete our
journey back in time, the class will utilize the computer lab so that each student can
access a colonial settlement that I will create on Second Life. Once the students have
explored this site, I will begin a class discussion concerning colonial life. (Possible
discussion questions could include the following: How did the colonists dress? Was their
attire similar to today’s clothing styles? What did the colonists eat? What were the
typical occupations of the colonists? Are these occupations still around today? What
was their typical mode of transportation?)Finally, I will divide the students into groups
so that the children can complete their “Then and Now” collages. For this assignment,
each group will be assigned a particular topic and will be required to create a collage
that compares and contrasts a specific aspect of colonial society with that of today’s
culture (by utilizing information gathered from class discussions, visual aids, and virtual
tours). Group topics may include: transportation differences, clothing differences,
occupational differences, and entertainment differences. Once the children have
successfully completed these group projects, each group will be asked to briefly
describe their findings to the class. For homework, the students will be instructed to
access the class Facebook page in order to post a brief comment regarding their
experience with Second Life. This will provide me with feedback concerning student
interest and involvement.
VI. Evaluate and Revise:In order to assess learner comprehension and achievement, I will:
Stimulate class discussion.
Walk around the room to ask questions regarding similarities and differences
between our culture and the culture of the colonies.
Check that all collages contain a minimum of 5-6 facts regarding the
similarities and differences of colonial culture and present-day life.
Require that all students within a group actively participate during group