Lesson Plan

Vacation Imagination

Find a place you dream of getting to and research it, and annotate a picture!
Audra B.
Technology coordinator
Wheatley School
Old Westbury, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...

Find a high quality image in Google Images

Use ThingLink to Research and Annotate a beautiful Picture

Research Using Google additional important Facts and information about their spot. To annotate the picture.

ThingLink interactive images help students develop 21st century skills and enrich their enthusiasm for learning.

ThingLink works on all modern web browsers as well as iPad, iPhone and Android.

Subjects
English Language Arts
reading
reading comprehension
text analysis
using supporting evidence
vocabulary
writing
writing clearly
Social Studies
cultural understanding
exploration
geography
Grades 7
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

Teacher discusses a dream vacation or a "bucket list" destination they have.

"Think of a place you've dreamed of going - but have never been. Paris. Africa. Australia. The Galapagos. Antarctica. (Dream BIG)"

Go to Thinglink.com  Show a sample. Make it a good one!

They can show images of this place, play music of the land, show native animals, indigienous peoples etc.

Expect responses like Hawaii, Safaris, Mars, etc.

Student Instructions

Students will contribute to the conversation by discussing places they dream they will go one day, but have not yet been.

They can dream as big as they want, money (and reality) is no object on this trip!

 

2 Direct Instruction

Discuss the Assignment. All details will be posted to Google Classroom (if available). This includes assignment forms, rubric, etc.

ThingLink interactive images help students develop 21st century skills and enrich their enthusiasm for learning.

ThingLink works on all modern web browsers as well as iPad, iPhone and Android.

Search Google Images for a HIGH QUALITY picture!

Go to Google.
Click Images
Click Search Tools
Click Size
Click Larger Than
Choose 1024 x 768 

 

Student Instructions

Students will access Google Classroom and Use the Assignment sheet to answer questions about their dream spot doing research in Google or Thing Link

You will also access the Rubric  to determine your grade.

Name of Place:_________________________________________________

History: _________________________________________________

Founded or Discovered by: _________________________________________________

Founded or Discovered (dates): _________________________________________________

What Country is it in: _________________________________________________

What language(s) is/are spoken? _________________________________________________

Currency? _________________________________________________

Population? _________________________________________________

Industry: _________________________________________________

Exports: _________________________________________________

Fun stuff to do there: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Find several Videos to add

Are there any songs about this place? If so, find them!.

Search Google Images for a HIGH QUALITY picture of your SPOT! 
Go to Google. 
​Click Images
Click Search Tools
Click Size
Click Larger Than
Choose 1024 x 768

Save in Google Drive.

3 DIRECT INSTRUCTION

ThingLink
Free, Paid

Students will sign Up for ThingLink using my access code.

Students upload their picture to ThingLink. 

Students add the content "annotations"  from their research.

Demonstrate adding icons and linking information from outside of ThingLink's research tools.

Demonstrate Thinglink.

Student Instructions

Go to www.thinglink.com

Go to Thing Link... use this code: DHTXEX to get into my class

Begin "THINGLINKING" by choosing info and icons and adding them to your picture.  You may do this in whatever order you wish, and that makes sense to how you wish to present them to the class.

Use music, video and pictures as well as text.

4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Activity: Creating

Be available for questions and help.

I allowed 4 - 40 minute periods.

Student Instructions

Students will work on their Thinglink for as long as you allow.

5 Wrap Up

ThingLink
Free, Paid

Using a rubric you create (or the one below that I use), observe students presenting their Thinglink.

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1-0
         
Photo - Relevant and Cited Photo(s) is/are relevant and show thorough understanding of the topic and is/are properly cited. Photo(s) is/are relevant and show considerable understanding of the topic and are properly cited. Photo(s) is/are relevant to the topic and show some understanding topic and are properly cited. Photo(s) is/are not relevant or show limited or no understanding to the topic and/or are not properly cited.
Required Elements Thinglink includes all required elements and shows a thorough understanding of the topic. Thinglink includes all required elements and shows considerable understanding of the topic. Thinglink includes all required elements and shows some understanding of the topic OR includes most required elements. Thinglink includes some required elements and shows limited or no understanding of the topic OR Several required elements were missing.
Content - Factual Accuracy At least 10 accurate facts are displayed on the Thinglink, showing thorough knowledge of each fact, and are linked to the web source of information. Less than 10 accurate facts are displayed on the Thinglink and are linked to the web source of information. Less than 6 accurate facts are displayed on the Thinglink.
 
Less than 3 accurate facts are displayed on the Thinglink.
Complete Sentences Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the Thinglink. The sentences are complete and make sense. There is 1 error in capitalization or punctuation; otherwise the sentences are complete and make sense. There are 2 or more errors in capitalization or punctuation or there are incomplete or nonsensical sentences. There are several errors in capitalization or punctuation or several incomplete or nonsense sentences.
Attractiveness The overall look of the Thinglink is very attractive and appealing. It is evident that the creator showed thorough care for the neatness and presentation of the Thinglink. The overall look of the Thinglink is attractive and appealing. It is evident that the creator showed considerable care for the neatness and presentation of the Thinglink. The overall look of the Thinglink is somewhat attractive and appealing. It is evident that the creator showed some care for the neatness and presentation of the Thinglink. The overall look of the Thinglink is not attractive and appealing. It is evident that the creator showed limited or no care for the neatness and presentation of the Thinglink.

Grade based on rubric and self evaluation.

Student Instructions

Present your Thinglink to the class.

Answer questions.

Fill out Self evaluation. and Rubric