Title: To Edmodo Communities... And Beyond!
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Digital Tool Description: Edmodo is a great resource to connect your students to one another, as well as yourself to other educational professionals, through an online instructional environment. Edmodo is a versatile tool with options for blogs, informative posts, assignment message boards, quizzes, surveys/polls, and even customizable reminders or alerts for all of the above.
Title: Illustrating Favorite Events with Doodle Splash
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[ELA2015] (5) 33: Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. [SL.5.2]Digital Tool Description: Doodle Splash teaches students to visualize what they are reading and to create graphic symbols to help them develop as readers. Doodle Splash interactive allows students to make connections between their visual designs and the text. (Description provided by Doodle Splash)
Title: Using a Venn Diagram to Compare and Contrast Nonfiction
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[ELA2015] (4) 14: Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause and effect, problem and solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. [RI.4.5]Digital Tool Description: This tool allows the student to label and create a 2-circle Venn diagram about any topic. In this activity, it is used as part of a language arts lesson on comparing and contrasting two topics of an informational text.
Title: Functional Text: It's All Around Me
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[ELA2015] (5) 2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. [RL.5.2]Digital Tool Description: This digital resource allows the each student in the class to list examples of functional text in order to create a class word cloud.
Title: Birmingham was Bombed
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[SS2010] ALA (4) 14: Analyze the modern Civil Rights Movement to determine the social, political, and economic impact on Alabama.Digital Tool Description: Wonderopolis is a tool for engaging students using wonder about the world around them. Daily "wonders" create exploratory learning. The "How Do You Write a TV Script" wonder will be used to help students as they prepare to write their own mock newscast based on the event of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Church bombing in 1963, as read about in the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963.
After reading the novel and exploring information about life in the 1960s, students will imagine what a news report from that day would have looked like. They will view this resource to understand the important components of a script before getting into small groups to write their own newscasts. The teacher will combine the scripts and students will create a short film either independently or with teacher assistance and present their newscast during Black History Month.