Characteristic of Learning: Authentic

Level of Technology Infusion Into the Curriculum: Adaptation

Lesson Title: Public Service Announcements on Environmental Issues

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Grade Level: 5

Classroom Configuration

Small groups, using classroom computers or mobile laptops as rotating stations

or Small groups, in a computer lab setting

or Small groups, with individual student laptops

Handhelds, optional

Arizona State Content Standards

Science

      • Strand 3: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Grade 5

        • Concept 1: Changes in Environments
          • PO 2. Propose a solution, resource, or product that addresses a specific human, animal, or habitat need.
          • PO 3. Evaluate the possible strengths and weaknesses of a proposed solution to a specific problem relevant to human, animal, or habitat needs

Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)

  • Strand 2: Communications and Collaboration
    • Concept 2: Digital Solutions
      • PO 2. Contribute to cooperative learning project and demonstrate effective group behaviors while using digital collaborative resources
  • Strand 3: Research and Information Literacy
    • Concept 2: Processing
      • PO 5. Follow copyright laws when using text, images, videos, and/or other sources and obtain permission to use he work of others and cite resources appropriately.
  • Strand 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making
    • Concept 1: Investigation
      • PO 1. Write essential questions to investigate a topic or using digital tools and resources
    • Concept 2: Exploring Solutions
      • PO 1.Generate solutions from different perspectives using collected resources and data

Arizona Common Core State Standards: ELA

Text Types and Purposes*

5.W.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped.

5.W.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

a. introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g. headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful and aiding comprehension.

b. develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

c. Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially)

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

5.W.7

Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Comprehension and Collaboration

5.SL.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (One-on-one, in groups, and in teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts building on theirs’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

5.SL.5

Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)

  • Strand 2: Communications and Collaboration: Grade 5
    • Concept 2: Digital Solutions
      • PO 2. Contribute to cooperative learning project and demonstrate effective group behaviors while using digital collaborative resources
  • Strand 3: Research and Information Literacy: Grade 5
    • Concept 2: Processing
      • PO 5. Follow copyright laws when using text, images, videos, and/or other sources and obtain permission to use he work of others and cite resources appropriately.
  • Strand 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making: Grade 5
    • Concept 1: Investigation
      • PO 1. Write essential questions to investigate a topic or using digital tools and resources
    • Concept 2: Exploring Solutions
      • PO 1.Generate solutions from different perspectives using collected resources and data.

Objectives

      • TSW research an environmental issue by exploring websites on the topic and sharing collected information via Google Docs.
      • TSW generate solutions to environmental issues that impacts their community by creating a Public Service Announcement about their topic.

Procedure

    • Students and Teacher will watch 2 segments of The Green Earth Club: Get Activated
      • Segments: Get Active and Help Protect The Environment & Ideas for Things You Might Do.
    • Teacher and students will brainstorm ideas about environmental issues that affect their community using mindmapping software, such as Inspiration or Webspiration.
    • Students will be placed in collaborative groups of 2-4 to conduct research so they can learn about the issues that affect their community.
    • Students will conduct research using the following websites:
      • Students can also use the iPod touch app Wiki Tap to conduct research on Wikipedia
  • Groups will chose one topic to investigate further, and propose a feasible, measurable solution to positively impact their issue and an action plan to help them carry it out.
    • The team will create a response to the following questions.
      • Which environmental topic did your team select?
      • How does this topic affect your local community?
      • What caused this environmental problem?
      • Explain how this topic is important or meaningful to your team.
      • What can be done to protect the Earth against this environmental danger?
  • Students work together to create a public service announcement (PSA) about their plan of action.
      • Student teams could use iMovie, Movie Maker, GarageBand, Audacity, SonicPics iPod Touch App (http://sonicpics.com/public/index/php ) PowerPoint, Keynote, or Frames software to create their PSA.
      • Students will choose technology equipment to use when creating their PSA.
    • Students will chose whether they are making a movie, slide show, or podcast.
      • For example: digital cameras, digital video cameras, or flip cameras
    • Students will also have the opportunity to include clips in their PSA from such as Archive.org
  • Completed PSAs will be posted on a class blog.
    • Students will be required to comment on 2 group projects
      • Comments will answer these questions:
        • What new information did you learn about the environmental issue in the PSA?
        • What can you do to help with this environmentally issue?
        • Name one thing that you think this team did well, design-wise, when producing this PSA.

Materials

  • Google Document access and accounts for students

http://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount

Assessment

  • Students will be assessed on the answers to the discussion questions that they answered via Google Docs.
  • Team Public Service Announcements will also be assessed on content and design using a rubric created by the class using Rubistar (rubisat.4teachers.org/)

Technology Integration Matrix

Active

Collaborative

Constructive

Authentic

Goal Directed