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Using the Internet for Instruction
Janice BezansonEdTech 541 - Spring 2011 Subject
: Social Studies Web-Based Lesson 
This lesson is designed as a culminating activity for a regular-ed fifth grade classroomfollowing the completion of a unit on the colonies.  Students will be asked to work insmall collaborative groups while utilizing internet resources including: XtimelineGoogle EarthGoogle Docs ToonDoo Delicious  
UsingXtimelinestudents will complete a timeline showing the settlement dates of the 13colonies. UsingGoogle Earthstudents will locate the relative location of where the colonies wereestablished.  This activity will help them understand the importance geography played intheir economy. UsingDeliciousstudents will save the websites used during their searches for pertinentinformation. UsingGoogle Docsstudents will write collaboratively answering questions about thecolonies. UsingToonDoostudents will write and create a comic strip that will tell the story abouttheir colony region. 
Time Allotment
- This lesson will take place over one month.  Students will be giventime during class to work collaboratively.  They can also access the online sites at hometo facilitate the conclusion of this assignment. 
Group Assignment -
Each group will be assigned one section of colonies to research:New England Colonies, Middle Colonies, or Southern Colonies.
 Each section will have the following identical steps to complete the web-based lesson. Students will conduct internet searches to complete the following list of requiredinformation.  Students will save important websites to a delicious account. Students will identify which colonies are located within their assigned region.Students will determine the year each colony was established Students will identify the important people of each colony and why they are significant tothe colony. Students will describe how religion affected life in the colonies. Students will understand how geography effected the economy in the different colonyregions.
Students will create a timeline usingXtimeline. Students will keep notes and share information usingGoogle Docs. Students will collaboratively write a historical fiction cartoon strip to share with the classthat includes all the necessary information described above.  
The rubric for this assignment was created usingRubistar.It can be used interactively over the internet or can be printed out.   
 The following California Content Standards were used in created this web-basedlesson: English-Language Arts Content Standards for CA Public Schools
1.0 Writing Strategies
Research and Technology 
1.3 Use organizational features of printed text to locate relevant information
1.4  Create simple documents by using electronic media and employing organizationalfeatures. 
Evaluation and Revision 
1.6 Edit and revise manuscripts to improve the meaning and focus of writing b adding,deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and sentences. 2.0 Writing Applications2.1 Write narratives:a.
Establish a plot, point of view, setting, and conflictb.
Show, rather than tell, the events of the story. 
History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools 
5.4 Students understand the political, religious social, and economic institutions thatevolved in the colonial era. 1.
Understand the influence of location and physical setting on the founding of theoriginal 13 colonies, and identify on a map the locations of the colonies and of theAmerican Indian nations already inhabiting these areas.
Identify the major individuals and groups responsible for the founding of the variouscolonies and the reasons for their founding. 3.
Describe the religious aspects of the earliest colonies.  
The following NETS standards were used in this web-based lesson:
Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovativeproducts and processes using technology. Students:a.  apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.b.  create original works as a means of personal or group expression.c.  use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues. 
Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively,including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning ofothers. Students:a.  interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety ofdigital environments and media.

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