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TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATED CLASSROOM

LESSON

Teacher
William McClure

Title
Pyramids Around the World

Description of Activity
Students will learn about pyramids (through direct instruction and videos) and create Glogs and
Wordles about them.

Suggested grade level


Intermediate; 6th grade

Pennsylvania Subject Area Standards


8.4.6.B - Identify and explain important documents, material artifacts and historic sites in world
history.

NETS Standards
NETS 1B - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative
products and processes using technology. Students create original works as a means of personal
or group expression.
NETS 3C - Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students
evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific
tasks.
NETS 5A&B - Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology
and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students advocate and practice safe, legal, and
responsible use of information and technology and exhibit a positive attitude toward using
technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
NETS 6A&B - Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems,
and operations. Students understand and use technology systems and select and use applications
effectively and productively.

Learning objectives
Students will be able to:
Distinguish between “regular” pyramids and step pyramids
Compare and contrast pyramids from around the world
Construct a Glogster that best shows their knowledge of pyramids
Define key words in the lesson
Construct a Wordle that incorporates all vocabulary words (pyramid, step pyramid, Great
Pyramid, Khufu, grave robbers, Egyptians, Aztecs, Indians)
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Materials required
Laptop (Video: http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=81E599D4-DA72-
4F4B-B023-C2FA29CAC16F&blnFromSearch=1&productcode=US), LCD Projector, 30 PCs,
MS Word, Journals, Headphones

Approximate number of class periods and length


Students have already been instructed how to use Wordle and Glogster, they are proficient in
their use. The Video will take approximately 1 to 2 classes and the Glogster will probably take
about the same. The Wordle should only take a half class period as will the definition page.
Total time should be about a week.

Classroom management strategies:


Lesson is for a full class of 30 students and it will be done in the classroom and computer lab.

Warm up
Students are already proficient in Wordle and Glogster.
Students will read an article about the countries that pyramids are found and journal write five
facts from the article.
Monday – Egypt (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pyramids/pyramids.html)
Tuesday – Aztec (http://www.aztec-history.net/aztec_pyramids)
Wednesday – European (http://www.world-pyramids.com/europe.html)
Thursday – China (http://web.utanet.at/mahain/Pyramids_in_China.htm)
Friday – Peru (http://www.crystalinks.com/pyramidperu.html)

Activities/ Procedures
Monday – Students will watch the video from Discovery Education; “Inside the Pyramids”
(http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=81E599D4-DA72-4F4B-B023-
C2FA29CAC16F&blnFromSearch=1&productcode=US) on the LCD projector in the classroom.

Tuesday – Students will finish watching the video on the LCD projector
When the video is finished, the students will go to the computer lab
Students will create a Wordle on the computer (www.wordle.net) using the vocabulary
Words (pyramid, step pyramid, Great Pyramid, Khufu, grave robbers, Egyptians,
Aztecs, Incas, Chinese, Snefru)
Students will type the vocabulary words and definitions into MS Word and print their
results for a grade

Wednesday to Friday – Students will meet in the computer lab


Students will create a Glogster (www.glogster.com) using their knowledge of pyramids
from around the world.
The Glog will contain pictures, videos, facts, quotes, and wav files.
Students will have until the end of the day on Friday to complete this assignment
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Assessment strategies
Wordle assignment is graded based on the inclusion of all of the Vocabulary Words (total of 100
points, 10 points per word)
Definition document will be graded on a similar scale (total of 100 points, 3 points per word and
7 points per definition)
Glogster will be graded on the following rubric:
(http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=ShowRubric&rubric_id=1767631)

Related Web Sites


See imbedded links.

Back-up plan: (if the technology fails!)


Teacher will have large pieces of paper for students to draw and color the pyramids and their
internal workings using the printed Warm-Up sheets and the textbook.

Branching out
Students that are above grade level will be able to create more glogs if necessary for extra credit.
Students that are below grade level will have 2 extra days to complete the assignment with the
special education teacher