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Elementary Lesson Plans


Objective

1. Students will be able to navigate through a Ning page.
2. Students will acquire knowledge of a certain career they are interested in, this includes the positives and negatives of the career.
3. Students will interact with other students by posting their discoveries on the classroom's Ning page, while responding to others discoveries.

Learning environment

The students would be in an elementary computer lab environment.  Each student will work quietly and diligently at their own computer to accomplish the objectives.

Description of students

Students 4th-6th 

Standards

1a,1b,2a

Materials

One computer per student with internet access.

Procedure

1. Instructor will first hand out links to pages on specific careers for the students.
2.  The instructor will lecture the students on being productive and the importance of finding factual information.
3. Finally, the instructor will stress the importance of the students posting their discoveries on the class' Ning site and also the importance of responding to other students' findings.
4. Instructor should make it apparent that they will be checking up on the postings by each student on the class' Ning page.

Application

Students will be asked to research a future career they are interested in through Ning pages.  They will be required to use the Ning pages that the teacher provides to find factual information.  After the students have attained a quality/thorough amount of information on their specific career, they will then post their findings on the class' Ning page.  They are to post at least 5 positives of the career and 1-2 negatives or downfalls of the career.  After posting their information each student should read the discoveries of other students and respond to their findings.  Some questions that the students can research about their specific career are listed below.

1. What duties would be required?
2. Will you be working with people or sitting at a desk?
3. How much will you get paid?
4. Are you required to travel?
5. How many years of schooling do you need?
6. How many hours a week are you going to be required to work?
7. What are some negatives to your career choice?

Evaluation

The instructor will evaluate the class' Ning page to make sure each student has posted the correct number of positives and negatives about their future career paths.  They will also check back to make sure students are commenting on other students' discoveries.

 



Objective

1. Students will be able to navigate through a Ning page.
2. Students will acquire knowledge of a certain culture/country that they are interested in by searching in Ning pages.
3. Students will interact with other students by posting their discoveries on the classroom's Ning page, while responding to others discoveries.

Learning environment

The students would be in an elementary computer lab environment.  Each student will work quietly and diligently at their own computer to accomplish the objectives.

Description of students

Students 4th-6th

Standards

1a,1b,2a

Materials

One computer per student with internet access.

Procedure

1. Instructor will first hand out links to pages on specific cultures/countries for the students.
2.  The instructor will lecture the students on being productive and the importance of finding factual information.
3. Finally, the instructor will stress the importance of the students posting their discoveries on the class' Ning site and also the importance of responding to other students' findings.
4. Instructor should make it apparent that they will be checking up on the postings by each student on the class' Ning page.

Application

Students will be asked to research a culture/country that they are interested in through Ning pages.  They will be required to use the Ning pages that the teacher provides to find factual information.  After the students have attained a quality/thorough amount of information on their specific culture or country, they will then post their findings on the class' Ning page.  They are to post at least 5 facts that they discovered that they did not know before.  After posting their information each student should read the discoveries of other students and respond to their findings.  Some questions that the students can research about their specific career are listed below.
1. Where is this culture located?
2. What kind of foods do they eat?
3. What is a typical day like for a student in this culture?
4. What traditions do they have?
5. What is the history of this culture or country?
With the instructors discretion, students could even take this further by setting up a pen-pal through Ning to update each other on their lives and learn even more about each others cultures.

Evaluation

The instructor will evaluate the class' Ning page to make sure each student has posted the correct number of facts about their researched culture or country.  They will also check back to make sure students are commenting on other students' discoveries.


Objective

1. Students will be able to navigate through a Ning page.
2. Students will acquire biographical knowledge about David Shannon the author and acquire information as to why he created the story and his process of creating it.
3. Students will transfer what they learned from David Shannon on his Ning site to their own personal young authors books that they will create.

Learning environment

The students would first be in an elementary computer lab environment.  Each student will work quietly to view a short videos on Ning.  Secondly, the students will each be at their desks in their regular classroom working diligently to complete their own personal young authors books.

Description of students

Students 4th-6th

Standards

1a,1b,2a

Materials

One computer per student with internet access.  A desk for each student along with a blank book.  Markers, crayons, and color pencils should also be provided  for the creation of each students own personal book.

Procedure

1. Instructor will first hand out the link to a Ning page that evolves around David Shannon.
2.  The instructor will lecture the students on being productive and the importance of learning about how Shannon came up with his idea for his book and the process he went through to create his book.
3. Finally, the instructor will stress to the students the importance of using the process that Shannon did to create his book on their own books that they will be creating.
4. Instructor should make it apparent that they will be checking that students followed a similar process as Shannon and that they will be checking on each students' progress/creation of their book.

Application

Students will be asked to watch a short video that visual reads to them the short story A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.  They will then watch a short video of Shannon talking about his creative process for his book along with the process of how he wrote it.  Students will take notes on his creative writing process while watching the video.  Students will then take what they learned and apply it to creating their own personal story.

Evaluation

The instructor will check notes from video for completion.  The instructor will also evaluate the use of Shannon's creative writing process on each student's personal book.  Finally, each book will be graded on creativeness, completeness, and neatness.

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High School Lesson Plan


Objective

1. Students will be able to navigate through a Ning page.
2. Students will discuss and debate topics with classmates through a Ning discussion.

Learning environment

The students would be in a secondary computer lab environment.  Each student will work quietly and diligently at their own computer to accomplish the objectives.  If computers are available at home fore each student part of the discussion can also be done at home computers.

Description of students

Secondary Students

Standards

1a,1b,2a

Materials

One computer per student with internet access.

Procedure

  1. The instructor will lecture the students on being productive and the importance of presenting factual information during the discussion/debate.
  2. Instructor will divide class into two groups.  Each group will be assigned a side of the Nurture vs. Nature debate.

Application

Students will be asked to research their specific side and post their information on the class' Ning page.  They will also be commenting on the opposing sides information to debate the topics.  Each side wants to fight for why their argument is better than the other.  Students should present factual information and participate equally in researching and the discussion portion on Ning.

Evaluation

The instructor will periodically check the Ning page to make sure research is quality and that each group member is equally participated.  Overall students will be graded on their participation in the project both within the research and discussion sections.

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