Habitats

USA

USA014


Résumé, summary

The classroom teacher introduces animals, habitats and biomes. The Instructional Technology Specialist teaches the uses of Kid Pix, ClarisWorks, and CD-ROM navigation. Student's skill will be developed by pre-teaching activities on software and CD-ROM. 1. Students select an animal and research its habitat using CD-ROM. 2. Biomes are discussed and created using Kid Pix software. 3. The description of the animal, habitat, biome and environmental impact are described using a word processing program. 4. Proofing takes place by two classmates. Student edits work. 5. Teachers approve work before students print. International Federation for Information Processing Success Stories Title: The Weather Where I Live Last Name: Kulla First Name: Therese Contact: Remington Traditional School Street: 102 Fee Fee Rd. Town: Maryland Heights State: MO Country: USA Zip Code: 63043-2799 Tel: (314) 213-8016 Fax: (314) 213-8616 Subjects concerned: Social studies, science, math, and communication arts. Public concerned: Kindergarten through eighth grades Language of Description: English Date: 4-25-95 Pedagogical Aspects: The students will draw the outside of their house and write a description. This includes a description of the weather and temperature from data collected for one week. Weather data will be graphed. Learning Aspects: Depending on the level and age of the students, mathematics will be used to estimate the dimension of their house. Geometric knowledge is enhanced through architecture. Graphic design is developed and science data is collected and displayed on a graph. Teaching Aspects: The classroom teacher will instruct students about how to collect data on their homes and assist with data collection of weather and temperature. The Instructional Technology Specialist will teach about word processing, drawing , and graphing software and the transference of data to computer, i.e. architectural scale. Technical Aspects: Use of ClarisWorks for word processing and graphing. Kid Pix for drawing. Newspaper or TV data collection of weather and temperature. Social Aspects: Parents will assist students with data collection at home. Students will cooperatively research weather and temperature data. Cultural Aspects: Many different types of houses will be displayed. A discussion of the different types of housing in our city and how it may vary with where one lives. Logistic and Institutional Aspects: Classroom teachers will compile information about weather and measurement before coming to computer lab. Students come to the Macintosh computer lab twice weekly. This project generally takes 4-6 class periods. Necessary Conditions: The students may need help at home for more accurate measurement of the building structure. Students must be prepared with data and have previous instruction/practice with software. Computers and software available for each student. CD-ROM capability. Additional Remarks: More information could be shared about international housing. Summary Data collection of temperature and a sketch of the student's house are necessary before computer class. Adjustments are made for the level of students. 1. Students may sketch a picture of the outside of their home with the help of parents if needed. Older students may estimate or calculate the proportions of the structure. 2. Students will design/create/draw a picture of their home from an outside view. Included in this picture will be an accurate indication of the weather using Kid Pix or ClarisWorks. 3. Students will collect 5 days of high and low temperatures using newspaper or television and create a graph on ClarisWorks. 4. Students will then write a description of their home. 5. Picture, graph and description will be printed by student. International Federation for Information Processing Success Stories Title: Women in History Last Name: Kulla First Name: Therese Contact: Remington Traditional School Street: 102 Fee Fee Rd. Town: Maryland Heights State: MO Country: USA Zip Code: 63043-2799 Tel: (314) 213-8016 Fax:(314) 213-8616 Subjects concerned: Thinking skills, research skills, social studies, science, math, and communication arts. Public concerned: Third through eighth grades Language of Description: English Date: 4-25-95 Pedagogical Aspects: The students will research information about women in history using CD-ROM technology and write a report. Learning Aspects: Research, data collection, and writing summaries. Teaching Aspects: Teaching about equity and the difficulty in finding information about minorities and women in history. Teach outlining and research skills. Technical Aspects: Students will develop research skill using CD-ROM and writing skill using ClarisWorks Word Processor. Social Aspects: Students will peer edit report and work cooperatively to research. Cultural Aspects: We will discuss multi-cultural and equitable aspects of history recording. Why is there so few women recorded in history? Logistic and Institutional Aspects: Twenty three students per class will work cooperatively with our seven CD units in the computer lab to research historical info. Each student will use their individual computer to write, save and print assignment. Necessary Conditions: Computers available for each student. CD-ROM capability. Additional Remarks: Different time frames may be suggested depending on the focus of the curriculum for that grade level. Students may choose numerical data to graph from the time the subject lived. Summary Students will research women in history using CD-ROM encyclopedias, libraries and almanacs. Children will develop an outline of the project before typing into the word processor. This assignment will include pertinent data about what it was like to live during the time the subject lived. Use almanacs to research data about weather, population, habitats, etc. Teachers and students will edit, revise and print finished research paper. (May provide a comparison paragraph to present.) International Federation for Information Processing Success Stories Title: Learning How to Learn with Technology Last Name: Kulla First Name: Therese Contact: Remington Traditional School Street: 102 Fee Fee Rd. Town: Maryland Heights State: MO Country: USA Zip Code: 63043-2799 Tel: (314) 213-8016 Fax: (314) 213-8616 Subjects concerned: Thinking skills and multi-disciplinary. Public concerned: Fourth through seventh grade students Language of Description: English Date: 4-25-95 Pedagogical Aspects: This is an adaptation of the Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) Program developed by Stanley Pogrow at the University of Arizona at Tucson. This program uses computers to enhance social and thinking skills. Learning Aspects: Students develop cognitive strategies, infer information from the context, generalize information, synthesize knowledge and articulate strategies through the use of dialogue. Teaching Aspects: Training is required for the practice and integration of questioning techniques. A script is used to direct the learning with a specific goal in mind. Technical Aspects: This is a two year program that uses specific software in specific ways with Socratic dialogue for 6-9 "at risk" students. This modified approach teaches the whole class using the techniques taught by Pogrow. NOTE: Discussions are more challenging with 23 students. Social Aspects: Pogrow's lessons utilize a behavioral approach to instruction. This approach builds self-esteem and encourages each student to respond during each dialogue segment. Cultural Aspects: Instills "thinking as culture"- that thinking is fun and that they can do it, that thinking is more important than right answers and the computer is a tool that helps them solve problem. Logistic and Institutional Aspects: One fourth grade class of 23 students come to the computer lab four times per week. Necessary Conditions: Funding and time is needed for training, and software purchases. For additional information contact: HOTS Project, College of Education, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 Additional Remarks: This is a very beneficial program that I modified for use with a whole class. The techniques are invaluable and can be transferred to other software or topics using the teaching techniques. Summary This is a summary of the first year curriculum of the HOTS Program used to synthesize and integrate information for the purpose of solving problems and creating ideas. To learn what a trait is and how to characterize objects with multiple traits. To develop student motivation to write stories by using the computer. To learn how to use surrounding context and setting to formulate an test predictions about: a) the meaning of unknown words, and b) future events. To learn: a) how to develop and articulate a strategy for solving problems, b) the executive planning skill of breaking complex problems into parts and solving each separately as a way of developing a comprehensive strategy, and c) how to use information form a variety of sources and modalities to solve problems. To begin the process of learning to write clues and make decisions about what information is important in a chunk of material. For students to discover an optimal strategy for guessing numbers, such as; the ŚBinary Search' strategy, averaging and others. To reinforce the linkage concepts of Ścapabilities' and introduce students to the linkage concept of Ścompound structure'. To learn to discover rules underlying the operation of a program. To learn and apply linkage concepts.

Discipline, subject :

sciences Naturwissenschaft sciences scienze social studies mathématiques Mathematik mathematics matematica langues Sprachen languages lingue études sociales

Public :

primaire Primarschule primary school primario cycle d'orientation Sek I, BWK lower high school ciclo d'orientamento

Contacts :

Kulla, Therese

102 Fee Fee Rd.
MO-63043-2799
MARYLAND HEIGHTS

Tel : (314) 213-8016
Mail :
Fax : (314) 213-8616


Pédagogie, pedagogy :

he students choose an animal, research their habitat, graphically create the biome/habitat, and write a description.

Apprentissage, learning :

The students learn techniques of basic research using CD-ROM and develop word processing and drawing skills.

Enseignement, teaching :

Presentation and discussion of biomes and habitats. The teacher facilitates use of the CD by demonstration of find command and other ways to navigate. Peers will edit word processing information. Drawing tools will be demonstrated.

Technique :

Draw, stamp, erase, use select tools, numbers and develop skills using Kid Pix. Use of Spell Check and grammar in the Writing Center or ClarisWorks. Navigation and information access using Grolier's/Compton's Encyclopedia CDs.

Société, society :

The students will edit each others writing and work cooperatively to research using CD-ROM. Team teaching with classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist.

Culture :

Students will learn about different habitats in different areas of the world.

Institution :

Students come to the Macintosh computer lab twice weekly. This project generally takes 4-6 class periods.

Logistique :

Pre-teaching activities and practice using Kid Pix and Writing Center /ClarisWorks. Computers and software available for each student. CD-ROM capability.

Remarques, remarks :

This year I will add an environmental component for the four through eighth grades. What is the impact of our society or the population upon the habitat and animal selected? Project complexity varies with grade level.