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50 States Mini Unit

Mary Kate McNulty GRIT 654 Summer, 2012

Mini Unit Learning Goals

Identify key characteristics of a

specific state. Analyze and understand how physical geography affects human life in a specific state. Compare and contrast states researched.

Information About Learners

4th grade students
Classroom and computer lab Inclusion classroom

Technology Integration
Smartboard Computers/laptops for each student United Streaming for introduction video Various websites for research Lino (online post-its) Glogster (online poster maker) TeacherTube SchoolTube

Lesson 1
Students will be able to use previous

knowledge to have a better understanding of the regions and 50 states. Students use Lino to share what they previously know about different states.
More interactive and allows for online


Watch a video clip on regions and states in

our country on United Streaming. Assessment - students write 2 facts about something they learned today in their notebooks.


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Lesson 2
Students will be able to use the internet to

research a given topic and will be able to evaluate the reliability of sources on a given topic. Explain project, organizer, rubric Watch TeacherTube video of reliable sources

Show various internet sources and students

decide if its reliable or not Model choosing a state, visiting suggested websites, and completing organizer Assessment-quiz at end of video; give thumps up/down for internet sources

Lesson 3
Students will be able to use a graphic

organizer to gather and record information on a research topic from a variety of sources. Prior Knowledge: review facts added to Lino and how to tell reliable sources. Use list of suggested websites to gather state information for organizer

May use other websites but must write down

address Assessment-organizer completed

Lesson 4
Students will be able to create an online

poster using three or more sources and notes taken using the sources. Watch brief tutorial

Model how to input information into Glogster

Assessment- All information on organizer is

included in poster.

Lesson 5
Students will be able to find images, video,

and other media sources to enhance their understanding. Prior Knowledge: Review reliable source information and different types of text features. Explain copyright rules and citing where you find images. Model finding different images and adding them to Glogster Assessment- At least 2 images, 1 map, video or audio included in Glogster poster

Lesson 6
Students will be able to give an oral

presentation using their Glogster project. Prior Knowledge: Review oral speaking tips. Share Glogster creations with a partner. Partner completes a checklist while listening to their classmate and then give 2 compliments and a suggestion after the presentation Assessment- Partner checklist

Lesson 7-9
Students will be able to give an oral

presentation using their Glogster project. Prior Knowledge: Review oral speaking tips. Share Glogster creations with the class Classmates give 2 compliments or ask 2 questions Assessment- Rubric for project

TeacherTube - aspiring teachers can see

concepts and principles in action via short video bursts, instead of relying strictly on textbooks and associated course resources. It offers a rich, global repository of teaching and learning ideas, (Bonk p. 224) Teaching about copyright - Simply put, the licensing and copyright of the materials has become a huge matter, (Bonk p. 157)

Assessment of Instructional Design

Common Core Standards
TeacherTube SchoolTube

Glogster Bonk, Curtis. The World is Open. San

Francisco, 2009.