Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blog Post #2 Lesson/Unit Plan

The Board of Education of the City of New York has put together in clear language a Standards-Based Scope & Sequence for Learning (SBSSL). This document is a set of specific learning goals that outlines what students should know by the end of each grade. I used the SBSSL as a guide to create this assignment. This project is designed for 3rd grade students who are studing the theme "Communities Around the World."

Task: In groups of three, students will choose one country in Africa and research specific information about that country (The questions are listed in the directions of the project). They will then analyze, discuss, evaluate, and present their findings by creating a slide show on Photo Story Three. The students will also present their presentation to the class and engage in some accountable talk about their project.


Students will be able to (SWBAT) locate countries on maps and globes by using latitude and longitude.

SWBAT participate in group planning and decision-making discussion, recognizing that others have different but equally valid, points of view.

SWBAT demonstrate, through digital media and writing, an understanding of holidays and traditions celebrated by different cultures in Africa.

SWBAT prepare a group presentation on an African country by using a variety of media and visuals.

SWBAT discuss the impact of geography on different Aftican countries.

SWBAT describe how natural resources affect various world communites.

SWBAT explore how people in other cultures meet their needs for shelter, clothing, and food.

ELA Standards:

Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.
Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.

Social Studies Standards

Standard 3
Standard 4
Standard 5

Math Science and Technology

(Science) Standard 4 - The Living Environment (6,7)

(Technology) Standard 5 - (1,2,3,4,5,6)

Motivation: Students will have a chance to work collaboratively with their peers which will stimulate their minds. They have a lot of choice in their project which allows them to express themeselves while learnng. They can openly engage in active discussion and present their discoveries to the class

Materials: computers, access to the Internet, blog tools, Photo Story 3,

Timeflow: This will be a 5 day project where the stdents have the whole period to work and collaborate.
Day one: Overview of project
Day two: class demonstration on how to use Photo Story 3
Day three: Work in groups on project
Day four: Work in groups on project
Day five: Publish work by presenting to the class on a smartboard big screen

Presentation: On day five the students will present their project to the class and engage in accountable talk to share, discuss, and defend their choices for the slide show.

Assessment: The rubric describes the details of the assessment.

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