Reflection 5

Initial Ideas for Lesson Project

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Grade: 3rd grade

Topic: Social studies

Lesson 1:

Objectives:

  • Students will take notes on the multimedia presentation about New England and Massachusetts (e.g. labeling their maps) when given a blank handout of some of the slides from the presentation.
  • Students will begin researching with a partner about a certain city/landmark in Massachusetts on mrnussbaum.com for their Prezi project.
  • Students will complete an Exit Ticket in which they have to state three facts that they have learned about Massachusetts or New England with reference to their notes.

MA Curriculum Frameworks:

NEW ENGLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS

3.1 On a map of the United States, locate the New England states (Connecticut, Rhode

Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine) and the Atlantic Ocean.

On a map of Massachusetts, locate major cities and towns, Cape Ann, Cape Cod, the

Connecticut River, the Merrimack River, the Charles River, and the Berkshire Hills.(G)

Essential questions:

  • Why is it important to know about the region and state that we live in?
  • What are the most important landmarks in Massachusetts?

Assessment plan:

            Since this lesson will be mainly a multimedia presentation given by the teacher and student investigation, the assessments will be primarily informal. The teacher should observe and make sure students are labeling their blank maps based on the presentation so they can have them as a reference. The teacher should also make sure students are staying on track while they are investigating about a city/landmark online with their partner for their project. The teacher should assist the students in their research online and make sure they are using the right website(s) for investigation.

            As a formal assessment, the teacher can give an Exit Ticket (maybe online?) where the students must list three facts they have learned about New England or Massachusetts to make sure they were taking good notes and paying attention to the presentation and their research. The teacher will grade this with a check plus, check, or check minus.

Lesson 2:

Objectives:

MA Curriculum Frameworks:

NEW ENGLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS

3.1 On a map of the United States, locate the New England states (Connecticut, Rhode

Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine) and the Atlantic Ocean.

On a map of Massachusetts, locate major cities and towns, Cape Ann, Cape Cod, the

Connecticut River, the Merrimack River, the Charles River, and the Berkshire Hills.(G)

Essential questions:

  • How can we present our Massachusetts landmark/city through Prezi most effectively?
  • What are some of the features of the Massachusetts landmark/city that make it so important and special?

Assessment plan:

            As a form of formative assessment, the teacher will help students with their Prezi projects (even though they already know how to use Prezi). The teacher should make sure students are putting accurate information into their projects through observation and conversation about their landmark/city.

            The formal assessment will be the online quiz about New England/Massachusetts that the students will take. I will choose an online assessment tool that will give instant feedback to the students and the teacher. This will mostly likely be a short quiz, seeing as the students have only had one lesson with a brief presentation on the topic.

Technology Ideas/Plan:

  • Students could create a Prezi for the student project with a partner or two about a certain landmark or city in Massachusetts based off a rubric (students can reference the mrnussbaum.com page for these landmarks).
  • Lesson 1 will contain the multimedia presentation (PowerPoint or Prezi) about New England and Massachusetts given by the teacher.
  • The multimedia presentation in Lesson 1 will most likely be short so the students can do most of the research about Massachusetts and its features online themselves.
  • The assessment in Lesson 2 can be done through Easy Test Maker, or the website we used in class as a quiz for the tools in the classroom to get instant feedback (need a website where I can add photos).
  • The interdisciplinary part of the lesson could be making sure students are using proper spelling and punctuation when labeling their maps and creating their presentations (interdisciplinary with ELA? Not sure yet). OR—on mrnussbaum.com I found a game where the students have to label what fraction of the states in the US is a certain color (interdisciplinary with math).

Here are some of the websites I found that may be useful to me in my lessons:

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