Suggested Big Ideas:

Grades 1–2 (Ages 6–8)Q4

The following experiences with technology and digital resources are examples of learning activities students might engage in during grades 1-2 (ages 6–8):
    1. Identify, research, and collect data on an environmental issue using digital resources and propose a developmentally appropriate solution. (1,3,4)
    2. Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth, such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)
Monthly Themes
April
- Earth Day
- Arbor Day
May
- Bike to Work Month
June
- World Environment Day

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

  1. Identify, research, and collect data on an environmental issue using digital resources and propose a developmentally appropriate solution. (1,3,4)
  2. Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth, such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)
Lesson Title
Description/Learning Target
Application
Files
Animal Studies
Students will use internet to gather information about an animal
Students will complete a graphic organizer with factual information about an animal
Description:
This lesson describes how to use selected fiction and nonfiction literature and careful questioning techniques to help students identify factual information about animals. Children first identify possible factual information from works of fiction which are read aloud, then they listen to read-alouds of nonfiction texts to identify and confirm factual information. This information is then recorded on charts and graphic organizers. Finally, students use the Internet to gather additional information about the animal and then share their findings with the class. The lesson can be used as presented to find information about ants or can be easily adapted to focus on any animal of interest to students. Resources are included for ants, black bears, fish, frogs and toads, penguins, and polar bears.
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Animal Studies Lesson Plan
Insect Webquest
Students will:
1. Write in a letter
2. Design a poster

This webquest teaches that there are over 200,000 individual insects for every one human on earth. They are everywhere! Insects can be found anywhere from water to land, and swamps to mountain tops.

You will need to adapt the tasks to be more technology related. I would use Word or Google Docs to write the letter and Active Inspire to create the poster.
Web based
Word processor and Active Inspire or other program students can use to make a poster
Webquest




Creativity and Innovation

  1. Identify, research, and collect data on an environmental issue using digital resources and propose a developmentally appropriate solution. (1,3,4)
  2. Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth, such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)
Lesson Title
Description/Learning Target
Application
Files
Make The World a Better Place
This lesson can be completed in 1-2 sessions. The student will create an Earth Day Poem and then copy and paste it into Kerpoof to create and Earth Day Poster.
Generator
Kerpoof

Writing Reports in Kindergarten-Yes!
This lesson provides three types of reports that can be written and shared by kindergarten students. These reports allow young students to see themselves as writers with important information to share with others. In the first report, students report what they’ve learned about an apple using all five senses by completing a simple report form. In the second activity, they explore a variety of nonfiction media about animals of their choice. After they write journal pages recording simple information about the animals, completed pages are stapled together, and students create clay representations of their selected animals. In the final report, students use facts they have researched to create and share original riddles about selected animals.
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Lesson Plan
Descriptive Paragraph: Rocks
(first grade science
and writing)
Students will observe a rock and create a list of adjectives.
Students will write a descriptive paragraph about the observed rock using Microsoft Word.
Students will insert a photograph of their rock which has been placed in My Documents by the teacher. (Teacher provides actual
rocks as well as uploaded pictures of those rocks.)
Word Processing Program

Research and Information Fluency

  1. Identify, research, and collect data on an environmental issue using digital resources and propose a developmentally appropriate solution. (1,3,4)
  2. Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth, such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)
Lesson Title
Description/Learning Target
Application
Files
From Fact to Fiction-Drawing and Writing Stories
Getting children to use their imaginations when writing a story can sometimes be difficult. Drawing, however, can create a bridge between the ideas in a child's head and the blank piece of paper on the desk. In this lesson, students use factual information gathered from the Internet as the basis for creating a nonfiction story. Story elements, including setting, characters, problem, solution, and endings, are then used as a structure for assembling students' ideas into a fiction story.
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Lesson Plan
Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction
This research project is designed for primary students to engage in nonfiction text, in both print and digital format. Students begin by formulating questions on a subject (in this case, weather), then classify questions into topic areas. After grouping students by topic areas and assigning a question previously generated, students engage in nonfiction text to answer the question. Combining question with answer, students construct sentences that are then combined with others in their topic group to form a "report" (paragraph length). The group then creates an illustration to reflect the topic and publishes it in the chosen format (print or digital).
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Lesson Plan
State PowerPoint
2nd graders can research a state and create a PowerPoint that shows their understanding of each state and their symbols. I have included the lesson plan, rubric, template and worksheet as well as the links needed for the 4-5 session lesson.