Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The content that my lesson will be based on is the Utah standard for 6th grade social studies. It is standard 4, which states that students will understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world. Objective 1, Analyze how major world events of the 20th century affect the world today. However I would be focusing on indicator 1, which says, Identify key events, ideas, and leaders of the 20th century (e.g. World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts, dynamic Asian economies). This Google tour will take students to 4 major battles of WW II letting them see the landscape and the terrrain. Students will also have the opportunity to complete different activities at each battle location.

This Google tour will be especially a wondeful lesson activity for those that are visual learners. They will be able to actually see the places that we talked about and be able to gain more information about each site. Not only will they visually be able to see the sites there will be activities that the students will need to complete at each site. These activities will keep the students involved, and allow them to make connections.

The technology used to create this virtual tour is Google Earth. Students will use computers to view each location with Google Earth, access websites on the internet. Google Earth is a perfect fit for teaching about battles from WWII because students will be able to see the sites without leaving the classroom.

Location ActivityGoogle Earth Content
1. Battle of BritainCompare and contrast the two sides of the battle. (ex. the strengths of each side and the casualities of each side.)Terrain, Borders , Photo Overlay
2. Battle of the BulgeJournal Activity: Pretend that you are a member of the allied forces, write a journal entry as if you were in battle.Terrain, Borders, Photo Overlay
3. Battle at MidwayWrite a paragraph about the codebreakers and their impact on this battle.Terrain, Borders, Photo Overlay
4. Battle at Iwo JimaDraw a map of this battle.Terrain, Borders, Link to internet site.
Details of image overlay / path / polygon:Image overlays will show photos of each location and the battle site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Digital Storybook

The content I will use in my digital storybook lesson is based on the Utah Core Curriculum Standard 1, Objective 2 which states that students will "develop language through viewing media and presenting". The story I will present is called Where's My Bone?. It is a song and singing activity that I turned into a storybook. This story would be good for younger grade levels because of the simple text and repeating lines.

The pedagogy I am using is to help students use different media. This will allow students to experience new things. Students can eaisly see this story and since we live in the technology age if they wanted they could create their own digital storybook either as a class, in small groups or individually. It is also good because they learn about working together and responsibility.

The technology that I will use is creating a digital storybook, because this is digital I will have to use technology on many levels. I will have to take picture of the story pages, record me reading the story and then combining both aspects of picture and sound. This works really well for teaching about language because when reading stories you focus on language and this is just a fun, interactive and a very new age way to do it.