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By: Dora Salinas
Content Area: Social Studies
Fourth Grade Geography
1. Use several types of geographic tools to answer questions about the geography of Colorado
a. Answer questions about Colorado regions using maps and other geographic tools (DOK 1-2)
b. Use geographic grids to locate places on maps and images to answer questions (DOK 1-2)
c. Create and investigate geographic questions about Colorado in relation to other places
d. Illustrate, using geographic tools, how places in Colorado have changed and developed over time due to human activity (DOK 1-4)
2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS·S.
a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments. aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
21st Century Skills and Bloom’s:
Knowledge: Recalling data from Google Earth.
Comprehension: They have to understand how to use the tools in Google Earth. They must be able to create different pins and edit information.
Analysis: analyze data that has been collected.
Evaluations: evaluate their work and discuss about their findings.
Audience: Fourth grade Students
Behavior: Students will create a visual map by using Google Earth of the region Colorado.
Conditions: Using variety of resources such as the internet, Google Earth, etc…
Degree: Include five major cities of Colorado and different characteristics that stands out the most in these particular cities. Must include the capital of Colorado as well.
Lesson Plan Outline
Students will be creating a visual tour/map on the state of Colorado. The tool they will be using is Google Earth. They must identify five different major cities including the capital of Colorado. Student must write a description for the cities, describing the characteristics that stand out the most.
I will the students to use Google Earth for this project. Google earth is a virtual globe, map, and geographical information map. Google Earth allows a person to travel the world through a virtual globe and view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings. To create a visual tour in Google earth, you must download it into your computer and create an account. Its free and no payment is necessary. Below I provided a link that takes you to the website where you can download it, and a link that has a tutorial of Google Earth.
Narrative Lesson Plan:
1. Make sure the students have Google Earth on their computers. If not, make sure they download the app of Google Earth into the computer. Explain to the class about what would they be doing for this project. Explain what is Google Earth, and why is it helpful to use it for this project. Give them a detail tutorial about how they can edit, add pictures, add pins, and how to create a video.
2. Have a class discussion about the different cities the students can choose from. Give them ideas, and time to think about what would they like to do for their project. Set up an example on Google Earth, to give the students an idea to what they are being ask to do.
3. Discuss about the project they are going to work on. Students must choose at least five or more major cities in Colorado, including the state capital of Colorado. Students must write about the city they chose to do. They must include Why is the city important? Who was the founder? What is unique about it? and talk about the people who live there. What is their culture?
4. Students must work individually on this project. They need to learn and get familiar about this specific tool they are using.
5. Set enough time for students to work on their projects during class time. This project might take at least two to three weeks to be completed. They will need time to research and create their projects.
6. Make sure to go around and help students with their projects. Answer their question or help them with anything they need.
7. When students are done with their projects, they must present their presentation to the class. They must explain the cities they chose to do and talk about their findings.
This will add value to the classroom because it is an hands on activity where they can different aspect of the globe. What they learn during class about geography, they can apply it and create a map with all the information they learn on to Google Earth, and make a tour to teach their fellow classmates.
What I Learned:
I learned that they are many different tools for teachers to use for their classroom. It is very important for students to get comfortable with technology, learn about different tools, and to be exposed to this kinds of tools at an early age. It is important for teachers to guide their student into the right direction of technology. Technology plays a huge role in our education, it is our job as teachers to teach our students about technology as soon as possible.
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