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29 September 2013
Day One: Introduction to the Colonies
I. Analyze the Learners: Overall,there are twenty-two students in my fourth grade class
(nineteen are Caucasian and three are African American). Overall, nine of my students
are boys, and the other nine are girls. In addition, all of my students are between the
ages of eight and nine.Ultimately, 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 play, etc.).
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 with the
culture of the present day through the utilization of maps, Second Life,visual aids, and
group projects by 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:
Second Life:The students will utilize the computer lab to access a colonial settlement
that I will create on Second Life.
Maps: I will utilize the smart board to display maps of England and the thirteen
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, and I will 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 the 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