Exploring The World!
- "Who here has ever been outside of the country? Where have you been?"
- "Did you know that there are 196 countries in the world, each with its own unique culture and government? Today we'll be researching foreign countries, and tomorrow we'll be working on putting that information into a share-able format, and then sharing it with the rest of the class!"
- Students raise hands and share where in the world they've visited.
- Students listen with the utmost respect and attention, of course
2 Direct Instruction
- "For this lesson we'll be using four different resources; a website that will choose your country for you, Google Earth, Wikipedia, and poster board (and writing utensils). You will need a computer or a tablet to access these tools."
- Students listen.
3 Guided Practice
- I'll instruct students to group together (in groups of five or so), and I'll pass out the task cards to each group. I'll tell them to read through the cards together, and talk about the tasks with one another to try and solve any problems that they have. I'll also, of course, be available during this time to field questions that can't be answered by the group.
- Students will group up and read through the task cards together.
4 Independent Practice
- I will provide enough task cards at the front of the class for each student to get one of each, as well as poster paper and markers for the final task (though they likely won't reach that step on day one). Day one will probably end around step 2 or step 3.
- Day 2 will begin where day one left off. Each student will have their task cards, and will have access to materials for the final task
This step is supported by ISTE standards 3, "research and information fluency," and 4, "critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making."
- Students will begin work with their task cards
- Students will continue work with the task cards
- I will instruct the students to put the finishing touches on their posters, and have them sit down in their seats. I'll then call them up one by one to share their country posters, and, after they present, they will hang the posters around the room.
This step is supported by ISTE standard 2a, "interact, collaborate and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environment and media," and 2b, "communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats."
- Students will come up one by one to present and hang up their posters.