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Teaching Lesson Using Technology

Matt McKay
Week 5 EDCI 5825: Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with Computers

Concept Attainment Lesson Plan: Physical Geography
 Background:

Hands-on task involving water in its three physical states: gas, liquid, and solid to understanding hydrologic cycle

 Fundamental  Hydrologic

cycle: understanding the effects of water changing its state in a constantly recurring process that varies over space

Background of Concept
 Lesson:

Entails teaching students about how water can transform from one state to another  Liquid to gaseous state (evaporation)  Gaseous to liquid state (condensation)  Gaseous state to solid state (and vice versa) without going through the liquid state (sublimination)

Intended Question Strategies
 Students:

need to think of their use of water in every day applications, including at home  They also need to think of their observations of water outdoors in its various states  Weather conditions: water from the atmosphere reaching the earth/water bodies as rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain, hail, and fog

Orienting the Students to the Lesson
 Thinking

of the natural world around them  Water: finite level on earth -- can neither be created nor destroyed; closed loop system  Comprised of molecules: H2O: two atoms of hydrogen; one oxygen atom  Constantly changing states: liquid to gas (or vice versa), liquid to solid (or vice versa); gas to solid (or vice versa)

Presenting Data
Examples: depending on temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit), water can be at any of its 3 states: solid (below 32°), liquid (above 32º up to 212º degrees), gaseous (212º and above)  First, understanding of water in its three states is critical toward learning about the hydrologic cycle  Thus, concept verbally articulated, then applied  Technology: Use of Webquest: 

 Created

on  Hyperlink to a “tinyurl” Web site  Technology will facilitate the learning process  Students will have access outside of class to utilize this tool by having the task introduced  Sufficient background information is provided  Students can then peruse site for preparation


Task will entail an experiment of filling an ice cube tray and a tea kettle Kettle will be filled with water: process will involve observation of water transforming from a liquid to a gaseous state Ice cube tray will entail observing liquid transform to a solid state

Intended Results
 Exercise

will facilitate student learning of water in its various states, what influences the changes thereof, etc.  Once students comprehend water in all its states, they can then learn about the hydrologic cycle  Learning of the hydrologic cycle will lead toward appreciation of the effects of weather on humans and their activities over space

Building Block Framework
 Learning

about water in its states:  Will lead to assisting with learning about hydrologic cycle  Then lead toward understanding the processes that influence landforms, climates, landscapes, and human activities  Students will attain these concepts via teacher-led instruction and student-based learning