IntroductionThis lesson was developed as a part of EDM 300-Introduction to Educational Technology Integration, a course offered at West Chester University. This lesson was formatted to teach students about the country of Chile, but in a more "hands-on" way. With this lesson, students are split into groups of four and each person is given a role. Each role asks students to research a different area of the country (i.e., food, weather, geography, and culture). The students are then responsible for recording information (at least one page) on that area for their group brochure. The group brochure is to include not only the information gathered by each member, but also section headings and interesting pictures and graphics. Learner
This lesson was designed for fifth grade Social Studies and also involves Language Arts to a lesser degree. This lesson, however, can be easily extended to other subject areas and grade levels as well. Changing the material for the appropriate grade level would include asking students for less (younger grades) or more (older grades) information within the brochure. Older grade levels could also be asked to do some sort of presentation of the information gathered as well. One important skill for students to have when completing this lesson is basic knowledge on accessing a computer as well as the Internet.
1.5.5. Grade 5 Quality of Writing
B. Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.
Gather, organize and select the most effective information appropriate for the topic, task and audience.
1.6.5. Grade 5 Speaking and ListeningE. Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations.
Plan and participate in group presentations
F. Use media for learning purposes.
Access information on Internet.
7.2.6. Social Studies
B. Describe the physical processes that shape patterns on Earth’s surface.
7.3.6 Social Studies B. Describe the human characteristics of places and regions by their cultural characteristics.
Ethnicity of people at the county and state levels (e.g., customs, celebrations, languages, religions)
Using the references provided, students will be able to create well developed, organized, and content appropriate writing.
Students will be able to plan and participate well within a group setting.
Students will be able to access the given sites to collect information for their project.
Students will be able to identify cultural, geographical, and climate characteristics of regions throughout Chile.
Each objective was written to fulfill the requirements that the standards addressed. They also relate directly to the brochure that the students created as a final project.Resources Printer paper, scissors, glue, tape, construction paper (for brochure)EvaluationStudents will be evaluated by their group brochure. The student evaluation page provides the rubric that these brochures will be graded with. Students should also be conscious that their peers may make the teacher aware of any group problems which may result in a loss of points. When deciding if the lesson was successful, both the brochure and objectives should be taken into consideration. If the objectives are met through the brochure and the students feel successful, then the lesson was an effective teaching tool.