REVIEW: Glossary of Sample Model Lessons

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A-B-C Searching and Learning

by Ruth Litman-Block - Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 10:31 AM
In this lesson students will be searching online for animal pictures that begin with each letter of the alphabet. It is researching on a web page, locating letters, and connecting the letters of the alphabet with pictures of animals that begin with each letter. For this lesson, the students can research several letters and animals, but for printing, they will need to choose one.
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Acceleration vs. Velocity Science Lesson

by Martha Bogart - Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 10:55 AM
This is a 9th grade science lesson on acceleration vs. velocity that uses multiple types of technology tools and several Marzano strategies. Created in the tele class, Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works.
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Autobiography of a Plant

by Martha Bogart - Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 11:03 AM
In this third grade lesson, students show their understanding of the life cycle of a plant by creating an illustrated and narrated autobiography video. The project involves the use of Paint to create illustrations and PhotoStory3 to compile the pictures into a video.


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Being Online Smart

by Ruth Litman-Block - Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 2:54 PM
Students will learn parts of the computer, how and why we use computers, and that part of having computers is having access to the internet. The students will watch a videos of a character named Clicky on how to be capable and safe computer users. The entire class will by Day 5 research on a specific topic. Day 6-7 will be spent on pairs of students researching using pre-approved websites and a checklist.
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by Ruth Litman-Block - Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:45 AM
In this lesson, students will create a book commercial (bookfomercial) using Voice Thread. Students will take pictures with a digital camera to go with their book. These pictures will be uploaded to Voice Thread, and students will record a book talk to help "sell" their book to others. As students determine the best method to use to "sell" their book, they will think about why they chose to read that book, why others may want to read the book, and how to convince others to read.
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Butterfly Picture Book

by Ruth Litman-Block - Thursday, May 27, 2010, 9:02 AM
Third graders will research the life cycle of butterflies from direct observation, United Streaming resources, and digital and text resources. They will work collaboratively to write a picture book that explains the life cycle of a butterfly for a younger audience. They will use digital cameras to take pictures of butterflies at different stages in their life cycle that will be used as instructive illustrations in picture books they create for a younger audience.

In this lesson, technology tools including digital cameras and Internet resources will be used to focus students' natural curiosity about the world around them, specifically butterflies. Students own questions will drive the unit's direction. The lesson contains connections to other subjects including art, library, and the literary genres of biography and autobiography. The lesson's culminating writing activity will focus learners' attention on the butterfly life cycle. Why do butterflies exist in different forms throughout their lifespan? What advantage does each stage give them for survival as a species? The rich, varied resour of the Internet will provide students experience in research, collaboration, and help them grow as critical thinkers and independent readers.


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Creating an Advertisement

by Martha Bogart - Thursday, July 11, 2013, 11:44 AM

In this 7th grade Common Core aligned lesson, students have an opportunity to discover the different ways that advertisers persuade us to purchase products and services and then create an ad of their own using different media--podcast, print, etc.



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Digital Story Telling

by Ruth Litman-Block - Thursday, May 27, 2010, 2:38 PM
This lesson will take the student on a journey from creating a book and then turning that book into a movie.
Lesson #1: Creating the book (In Kindergarten We Like...)
Lesson #2: Illustrating the book and organizing the text
Lesson #3: Recording the book
Through these three lessons the students will create a class book answering the question what do you like best about kindergarten? Next the students will then illustrate there response. The teacher will help the students scan in the illustrations and text and upload them into the Photo Story 3 program. Finally the students will record their response on their slide of the movie using the Photo Story 3 program.
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Director's Cut

by Ruth Litman-Block - Thursday, July 8, 2010, 11:17 AM
This lesson will be the final project in a unit on Aesop's Fables. Students will examine one of Aesop's Fables and modernize it. Students will create a movie of the modern fable.


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Final /k/ Book

by Ruth Litman-Block - Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:40 AM
The topic is about phonemic awareness, specifically final /k/. The main concept students will learn is the ability to discriminate the speech sound, and identify classroom-related items that have a target speech sound (e.g., block). I will introduce the sound, have students produce the sound, give line drawing examples of words containing target sound, and ask children to find items containing target speech sound in the classroom. We will take digital photos of the objects, then make a target phoneme book with one digital image on each page (e.g., It's a ___). We will use the book during classroom instruction (e.g., circle time), for speech sound practice (e.g., center time), and for take home activities. Multiple books and mini books can be made based on students' ability to recall words with final /k/ from the book, and speech production accuracy.

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