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Lesson Plan Assignment

You will apply what you have learned in class by designing a set of 5 lesson plans that include activities and resources that integrate technology into a specific content area and grade level. You may work in pairs or individually.

Step 1

Select a content area and grade level appropriate to your intended teaching practice. To help you get a picture of what content is taught at what grade levels you can examine the Nebraska State Teaching Standards and national standards for various disciplines, which can be viewed at the following sites:

Select specific content standards for the grade level that you want to teach from either the state and/or national standards. Be sure to copy and paste all standards you choose into your lesson plans.

Step 2

Using the Internet Teaching Strategies Page, find 5 activity types or structures that you could use to teach the specific content area and grade level that you chose in Step 1. You will include these in your set of content activities and resources. For each activity type or structure you will include the following things:

1. A description of the activity type or structure. Include the source of the activity type or structure. For example WebQuest is an activity type developed by Bernie Dodge. 

2. A description of how you would use this activity type or structure and why you chose it. 

  1. A specific example of an activity in your content area that has already been created and is available on the Internet. You will need to briefly describe this activity and give the URL. 
OR

There may not be an existing example of the activity type or structure that you want to use for a lesson. If you find a content site that is good quality and an appropriate source of information, you can use it to develop your own Internet activity for the content area and grade level you have chosen. For example, if you chose rain forests as your content area (this is part of 4th grade social studies) and you could not find a WebQuest about ancient rain forests you might include a web page about the Amazonian Rain Forest of Ecuador that you could use to develop your own Web Quest. For each site you will need to include the following things:

To help you find a resource site you may use resource pages available from Internet Teaching Strategies Page , the Educational Technology at CNC page (click on the section called "Technology in the Classroom") or any Internet Search Engine.

Step 3

Use Word or type the lesson plan directly onto the "plans.htm" page you prepared when you set up your web site. Prepare your Lesson Plan Set with attractive formatting and clip art. Use the following format:

Lesson Topic/Title (click here for form)

Author (you)

Introduction: 

Describe learners (age, characteristics, multicultural awareness issues)

Content Area(s) and Grade Level

Standard you chose and URL where you found that standard

Integrated disciplines

Objectives

What you want students to learn and do (at least 2, not more than 3)

Materials/Technologies

Materials, supplies, equipment, resources (books, URLs, CDs, videos, you need to teach the lesson

Materials, supplies, equipment, resources students need to complete the lesson

Procedures

Springboard (anticipatory set) - introduction to lesson "hook"

Specific details of what teacher is to do

Specific details of what students are to do

Closure

How you plan to end the lesson so that students retain learning

Assessment

How you will determine that students meet your objectives (rubrics are a possibility)

Explanation

In place of the reflection that is usually included at the end of completed lesson plans, you are to write an explanation of why you chose the specific Internet or other technology activities you did for the lesson.  This explanation should be a paragraph  in length and show thoughtful planning.

 

If you typed the plans directly to the "plans.htm" page, SAVE.

If you used WORD, save as lessonplans.htm.  In Front Page, insert file onto plans.htm on your web site.  Create an index and hyperlink within the document using bookmarks. SAVE.  

Bookmark each plan within the document and place a table of contents at the top of the page.  Link each lesson title in the table of contents to the title at the top of each plan. SAVE

Scoring

 

Item Description

Points Possible
Points Earned
Lesson plan set is attractively formatted with graphics, backgrounds, etc.
5
The introduction includes an overview of teaching with technology that is well written and demonstrates a critical evaluation of the pedagogical ideas of this lesson. The content area and grade level of the Content Activity Set is included.
10
The name and URL of the content standard(s) is included in each plan
5
Activity Structure Descriptions
There are 5 different lesson plans for the content area. Each of these are well written following the format and include:
  1. A description of the activity type or structure. 
  2. Source of the activity type or structure. For example WebQuest is an activity type developed by Bernie Dodge. 
  3. A description of how you would use each activity type or structure 
  4. Why you chose it the activity type or structure 
  5. A specific example of an activity in your content area that has already been created and is available on the Internet. You will need to briefly 

Activity/Lesson 1
6
Activity/Lesson 2
6
Activity/Lesson 3
6
Activity/Lesson 4
6
Activity/Lesson 5
6

Total Points

30

Spring Semester, 2001 Merryellen Towey Schulz, Ph.D. College of Saint Mary