Citizens for the_new_zoo revised


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Citizens for the_new_zoo revised

  1. 1. By Alicia Hawari and Kristen Conley Citizens For the New Zoo
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Literacy is a continually developing process; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>therefore, it can always be perfected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since new technology is always being developed, there is a need to continually develop new literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is the role of teachers to help students understand the importance of visual images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The value of teaching proper fingering of the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QWERTY keyboard is debated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Arts is especially hard to learn for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students who are learning English as their second language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading helps students develop their language and writing skills </li></ul></ul>Issues and Problems with Language Arts
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>According to the International Reading Association, Students have the right to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skilled teachers who use technology effectively </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An instructional program that includes integration of new literacies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy assessment using technology tools for reading and writing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be offered instruction in the safe and responsible use of communication and information technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To have equal access to technology </li></ul></ul></ul>Issues and Problems with Language Arts
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, our society is lacking talented individuals to lead initiatives in science, technology, math, and engineering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is critical for American citizens to be scientifically literate in order to help make future decisions concerning our country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research indicates that teachers need more professional development in science, math, and technology </li></ul></ul>Issues and Problems in Science Instruction
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Technology is especially valuable because it promotes the process of scientific inquiry, which is the process of approaching and solving problems scientifically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a lot of controversy over teaching through scientific inquiry though. Studies show that students who were taught through direct instruction instead of inquiry are more likely to become “experts” when it comes to designing and carrying out scientific experiments </li></ul></ul>Issues and Problems in Science Instruction
  6. 6. Without technology, this lesson would be much more difficult to perform because students would have to probably borrow a book from the library to conduct their animal research. The library sources would be limited, and a trip to the library would probably take up a class period in itself; therefore, the Internet information would be much faster to access. Also, when the students draw out their habitat using their researched information, the visual aspect of it will allow concepts to be made more concrete. Finally, when students type up their persuasive letters, the typing practice will help students prepare for future education. Technology Integration Strategies- Relevant Advantage
  7. 7. <ul><li>Pair students with weak computer skills, with a more experienced partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Students with disabilities can be offered assistive devices or software. </li></ul><ul><li>Assist students who are having trouble using the internet search engine. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students who are having too much trouble typing their letter to write it by hand. </li></ul>Special Considerations for Students with Disabilities and Gifted Students
  8. 8. Since this project is completed in partners, it may be difficult to assess each student individually. Also, some students may have trouble getting up in front of the class to present their animal, which according to the rubric, would impact their grade, even if their actual project is without errors. Assessment Issues
  9. 9. Overview of lesson <ul><ul><li>The task: Students have been appointed to a committee, “Citizens of the School Zoo”, responsible for researching the needs and habitat of an animal and making recommendations for including it in an imaginary zoo. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The procedure <ul><ul><li>Students will work in pairs and choose an animal to research. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They will be directed to 2 websites: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Students will search for the following information: <ul><ul><li>Physical characteristics (size, color, hair, feathers, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Habitat information (What environment is it best suited for) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diet of the animal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any other important facts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students write down this information on their notebook paper. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Drawing the habitats <ul><ul><li>The students will draw out the ideal habitats for their animals using paper and colored pencils. This can be done during the students’ art period. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Writing a letter <ul><li>Students will write out a persuasive letter to the class (one letter per pair of students) This letter should be outlined as follows: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First paragraph should include the name of the animal and it’s characteristics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second paragraph should include the dietary information for the animal (what kind of food, how much, how often, etc.). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third paragraph should include a description of the natural habitat and how the zoo can accommodate it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The last paragraph should describe why the animal should be included in the zoo (give at least three reasons why). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The letter should be typed on word processing software for final revisions. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The presentation <ul><ul><li>Each pair of students will go up in front of the class to present their animal. One student will read the persuasive letter, and then have the other student share their ideal zoo habitat. </li></ul></ul>