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ED 554 Unit Plan by Dede Dolgoff

ED 554 Unit Plan by Dede Dolgoff

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Dede (Aphrodite) Dolgoff ED 554 Reston17 July 2010Technology Integrated Unit
Unit Plan- Gardening Project Based Learning
In this grade one project based learning assignment, students will work in groups of four to plant small plantings, research a plant, and watch it grow in our class garden.Students will observe and write their observations in a scientific classroom field journal blog and collaborate with their peers. Digital cameras will be provided to all groups inorder to document growth of the plants in the garden from small planting to full grown plant. Thought will also be given to the requirements for maintaining the garden, for example, how much water and sunlight do you think the plants need? Through the use of technology (classroom blog), connections will be made with other student’s (from our class) research on plants and their observations and similarities and differences will berecorded. The teacher will provide questions on the blog for written responses by theclass groups. Students will be invited to inquire about the plants in the garden anddocument measurement of plant growth. Additionally, each group will create a designfor the garden using a computer program, only one design will be chosen for our garden.At the culmination of the unit, students will use their research to create a digital photostory for their parents to learn about their plants. Any vegetables grown from the gardenwill be served to parents, teacher, and students at a culminating garden project party!
Grade Level of Unit-Grade OneStandard Addressed in the Unit:
1.4The student will investigate and understand that plants have life needs and functional parts and can be classified according to certain characteristics. Key concepts includea)needs (food, air, water, light, and a place to grow); b)parts (seeds, roots, stems, leaves, blossoms, fruits)
1.16The student will draw, describe, and sort plane geometric figures (triangle, square,rectangle, and circle) according to number of sides, corners, and squarecorners.
1.12The student will write to communicate ideas.a)
Generate ideas.
Focus on one topic.
Use descriptive words when writing about people, places, things, and events.
Use complete sentences in final copies.
Begin each sentence with a capital letter and use ending punctuation in finalcopies.
Use correct spelling for high-frequency sight words and phonetically regular words in final copies.
Share writing with others.
Use available technology.
Oral Language
1.1The student will continue to demonstrate growth in the use of oral language.a)
Listen and respond to a variety of media, including books, audiotapes, videos,and other age-appropriate materials.
Express ideas orally in complete sentences.
Computer /Technology Standards of Learning:
C/T K-2.1, C/T K-2.2, C/T K-2.3, C/T K-2.4,C/T K-2.5, C/T K-2.6, C/T K-2.7
Fine Arts-Visual Communication
1.9The student will observe and depict plants, animals, and people in a landscape work oart.
NETS-T (Teacher)1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 1.d, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 2.d, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 5.b, 5.c, 5.dNETS-S (Students)1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.d, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 5.a, 5.b, 6.a, 6.bUnit Objectives: (Also listed in individual lesson plans)
1. Students will learn about blogging on the Classroom blog by creating one blog post and responses.2.Students will demonstrate their ability to work in collaborative groups byresearching information on their assigned plant and documenting their finding onthe classroom blog.3.Students will demonstrate their knowledge of 2-dimensional geometrical shapes by designing a garden using at least 5 different geometrical shapes.4.Students will demonstrate understanding of caring for their plants by researchingand creating a powerpoint presentation about their research. 5.Students will create a plant sign (using powerpoint) for the garden.6. Students will actively participate (in their assigned roles) in planting the plantingsin their collaborative groups.7.Students will demonstrate understanding and knowledge of their assigned plant bycreating either a brochure, flyer, booklet or newspaper.8.Students will have an understanding of the R.A.F.T. concept when questioned bythe teacher.9.Students will synthesize information and create an original photostory in theigroups.

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