After examining a lesson plan provided through Verizon Thinkfinity partners and rating it using the Technology Integration Matrix, suggest one or more activities that could be added to the lesson plan to improve it. What change(s) do you suggest that would move the lesson across TIM levels? Please include a link to the original lesson plan.
Here is a nice interactive site. http://www.thinkfinity.org/chain-game-short-e
This lesson falls under the constructive-adaptation category on the TIMS. You could push this lesson into the authentic category by having the students search the internet for real world linear situations and relate them to the findings that they found using the simulation.
This lesson plan needs some animation and attention grabbers for the students. I would include a movie or some type of audio introduction for the students right at the beginning.
This lesson plan is great for the beginning year. Students can create classroom comic books about their classroom procedures/rules and print them once they are completed.
Love this lesson and plan to use it the first two-three weeks of school. It will be a great way for me to get to know my students and for them to learn new things about each other.
This website offered a good lesson plan to introduce multiplication by exploring patterns and skip counting. I would suggest as an addition to this lesson that the educator uses a hands on activity to reinforce the material. For example, having the students create arrays using candy, colored squares, etc. will present the material in a different light.
This lesson focuses on the counting model for addition and begins with reading a counting book. Students model the numbers with counters as the book is read. Then they count the spots on each side of a domino and write, in vertical and horizontal format, the sums suggested by dominoes. Finally, the students illustrate a domino and record a sum it represents. There are extensions to this lesson, however it is not interactive at all. All of the group instruction with the teacher would simply be done using a document camera. You could very easily make this interactive by using interactive software that we have available. In the TIM's Matrix this lesson plan would be under the Constructive/Entry level.
This link is a chart/worksheet on 3D shapes. The students count and tally the number of shapes they see around the room. As they input the data, it creates a chart. Would be a useful tool for math. On the TIMS chart it falls under active adaptation as there is some student choice and they are exploring.
This is a catchy video on respect with audio that could be used as as part of a social studies citizenship lesson. Useful for beginning of the year. The graphics would appeal to a young audience.
I found an interactive website for the students to be interactive with the cell and with audio gives the name of each organelle with the printed word.
I work with high school students. This is an interesting website from the Thinkfinity partner, National Geographic. Students can have a discussion about oceans and who owns them. This is a hot topic currently, especially on who should take care of the ocean; as it is a growing problem with the destruction of the ocean and ocean species. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/activity/protecting-the-ocean/?ar_a=1&ar_r=999 I think higher level students will really enjoy having a debate. I would also add that students might enjoy creating a "save the ocean" poster.
Even though I work with low readers, this would be a good biology assignment.
I found an interesting sight that covers guiding students through the scientific method. The site also provides information for science fair projects.
Here is a great first week exercise. The kids not only get to learn about other students in the class they also get to tell everyone things about their life that they normally would not think of. I would use this for 7th grade or higher.
I would probably change it and instead of doing every letter of the alphabet I would use their first and last names or just first names...it just depends on how indepth you want to make it.
This lesson covers all the aspects of letter writing from form to informal to business. It is a fantastic lesson that describes each style of lettering writing very well. It uses the power of the "example" to instruct students on structure, format, and reasons for writing. Students are given examples of the different formats of letter writing to read and discuss. However, I did not find anywhere in the lesson that the students were actually writing. I would add an actual writing portion to the lesson. Love the lesson, just think that the students would benefit more if they practice the writing as well.
Nice site for the book Esperanza Rising, offering comprehension questions and classroom activities for teacher use. Many of these could be put into a presentation for student use, (especially the links to photos and informational sites).
Written for teacher use only, it remains at entry level on the TIM rubric, but any activities/presentations/etc created for student use through the use of those suggested in the site could, of course, bring it into higher levels, depending on which are used.
This site is a worksheet that asks students to analyze informational text, looking for specific bits of information. It's a good beginning activity for introducing this type of text. It might be a place to add a PowerPoint or video to introduce terms, such as author's purpose, main idea, etc.
Improvements can be made to this lesson by adding audio to the lyrics, not just visiting the website and reading them. Have the kids sing along during presentation. http://jamestaylor.lyrics.info/rainydayman.html
Good Lesson Plan. It is a historial representation of events by tearing apart the Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire". It had the students doing research and further projects which were really cool.
This lesson is awesome! Would be wonderful to use when studying planets, constellations, and the solar system in general. It has wonderful interactives for your students.
This is a simple explanation with a few really basic worksheets/posters about speedwriting, which is a writing technique for to help brainstorm for writing assignment and to help students focus just on ideas and endurance, not grammar.
I think this falls under the entry and active box in the matrix because the students are not actively using technology, but the teacher is using it as a presentation of the explanation for speedwriting.
Here is a site that can be used in class:
It is about growing plants using hydroponics. On this specific lesson there isn't anything the student fills out or writes down their ideas and thoughts about the experiment. This particular lessons needs to have a lab sheet or something that the students actively fill out as they progress through the lesson. But that is something a teacher could do easily.
This is a site found from the Thinkfinity lesson plans. This is a neat site than can be used when discussing character development with your students. The site gives a list of books that can be used in the classroom to teach about issues such as bullying. There is a podcast that features one of the books on the site. As a teacher that will be implementing the 7 Habits of Happy Kids I find this to be a resourceful site. I would currently place this lesson on the entry and constructive level of the TIMs. The increase the level of this activity I would show the students the Reading Rainbow episode of Enemy Pie and discuss how this book may relate to the ones seen on the Thinkfinity site. I would then have students create their own stories against bullying or about being a good friend. The students could then turn that story into a digital story.
...Just and idea
Here is a wonderful site for K-12 called Parts of a Plants http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.php?DocID=343. It gives students information about parts of a plant, has an interactive component for them to build a salad while determining the parts of each ingredient (carrot - root). In addition, there is an assessment, a scavenger hunt activity, and a home activity to build their own salad at home. I feel this lesson is Adaptation and Authentic on the TIMs.
This is an interactive site that asks "reporter" questions to the students about a character in a book they have just finished reading. I like this because it makes them analyze the characters a little more and think outside of the story. It can help them with their inferring, summarizing, and more.
This link is for a K-2 lesson about planting seeds and watching them grow. It contains links to other websites and has students using an enhanced word document. It can be moved further along the TIMS by perhaps letting students search for their own graphics online to print and include in a folder about their project.
Bobbie Bear Interactive
This would be a higher level thinking activity for students to determine different possibilites.
I looked for a beginning of the year fun activity but wanted one that would show me a skill level on the students. The following was a great group of activities:
This is a multi-part unit that includes:
**Playing the Product Game
**Making their own Product Game
**Various connections and extensions
I feel like it moves through a lot of different levels on the matrix because the different parts of the lesson are built upon starting at the entry level and moving to the highest levels.
I thought this book would be a great resource for "researched based" strategies that we look for often! It also links to a Henry and Mudge lesson plan that looks interesting!
This is a great lesson dealing with reading strategies and use of graphic organizers. The lesson could be enhanced by making the graphic organizers interactive and therefore easily used by the instructor or students.
Fun With Pattern Block Fractions
This lesson focuses on practicing parts to a whole using pattern blocks. This lesson includes a problem solving aspect for student discovery, students working in pairs or small groups, an activity/ data sheet for students to collect their data, and a website component where students can take what they have learned to build their our fraction patterns. One of the extensions ideas for this lesson includes a real life example using candy bars. Something to add to this lesson could be to have students create a picture using fractions pattern block either online or with manipulatives. Then have a partner create the same picture using fractional equivalent pattern blocks.