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Legendary Lighthouses

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Author:Annette Harris
System: Bibb County
School: West Blocton Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 15969


Legendary Lighthouses


In this technology-based interdisciplinary lesson, students will discover many facts about lighthouses by navigating the Internet. Students have the opportunity to use the facts they learn to create their own stories about lighthouses.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (K-2)
1. Identify basic parts of various technology systems.
  • Naming input and output devices
  • Examples: input—keyboard, stylus
    TC2 (K-2)
    2. Identify applications and operations of various technology systems.
    Examples: applications—word processing, multimedia presentation software
    operations—opening, closing, and saving files
  • Using accurate terminology related to technology
  • Example: "press," not "hit," keys
  • Using input devices to enter letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Using special functions of input devices
  • Example: keyboard shortcuts
  • Labeling storage media
  • Removing storage media safely
  • TC2 (K-2)
    3. Demonstrate correct posture and finger placement while using a technology system.
    TC2 (K-2)
    4. Identify safe use of technology systems and applications.
    Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites
    TC2 (K-2)
    5. Practice responsible use of technology systems and applications.
    Example: maintaining proper settings
  • Demonstrating care of digital equipment and media
  • Examples: washing hands before use, cleaning work area before and after use
  • Distinguishing between ethical and unethical use of others' work
  • Examples: avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission
    TC2 (K-2)
    7. Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.
    Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries, search engines, directories
  • Evaluating accuracy of digital content
  • Example: determining fact versus opinion
    TC2 (K-2)
    10. Design original works using digital tools.
    Examples: tools—digital drawing tools, music software, word processing software, digital cameras
    ELA2015 (2)
    27. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations). [W.2.7]
    ELA2015 (2)
    32. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences. [SL.2.4]
    ELA2015 (2)
    35. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.2.1]
    a. Use collective nouns (e.g., group). [L.2.1a]
    b. Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish). [L.2.1b]
    c. Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves). [L.2.1c]
    d. Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told). [L.2.1d]
    e. Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. [L.2.1e]
    f. Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy). [L.2.1f]

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will describe the purpose and history of lighthouses. Students will use their knowledge of lighthouses to write their own story. Students will illustrate the parts of a lighthouse by drawing a picture of one.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

    Students will use word processing software to publish a story.

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    Greater than 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Book on tape-Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop, tape player, art supplies

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet access, LCD projector


    Students should have experience navigating the Internet, including scrolling up and down the page, clicking on links, using the "back" button, and using favorites or bookmarks. Students should have experience using word processing software to publish their writing. The teacher should bookmark websites on the computers the students will be using prior to the lesson.

    1.)Inform students that they are going to use the Internet to locate and explore facts about lighthouses. Using the LCD projector, read the introduction to the website below, "Legendary Lighthouses." Inform students that they are going to have enough time to complete both tasks. Review the tasks with the class, then allow students to begin navigating the site to learn more about lighthouses. Have students use the attached Lighthouse Facts handout to record important information.
    (Legendary Lighthouses)
    A website that allows students to explore lighthouses around the United States and learn about the purpose and history of lighthouses.

    2.)Let the class listen to the book on tape, Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie as a large group. Discuss the book before allowing students to proceed with the next steps in the tasks.

    3.)Students will follow the steps in the process listed on the website. They will look at pictures of lighthouses across the United States and read facts about lighthouses from the Internet sites.
    (Legendary Lighthouses)
    View photos of lighthouses in the United States.

    4.)Review the website below as a class to help guide students through the writing process. Have them follow the steps outlined on the website when writing their stories. Show students the attached example to help them get started. Instruct students to publish their stories using word processing software before they proceed to the second task.
    (How to Write a Story)
    The website gives helpful hints on writing a good story.

    5.)After each student completes his/her story, allow him/her to illustrate a picture of a lighthouse by first following the procedures for Task 2.
    Instruct students to include important parts of a lighthouse in their drawings. Let students view the example attached.

    6.)Once all students have completed their stories and illustrations, let each student share his/her story and picture with the class.

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    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will use the attached rubrics to assess the projects. The teacher will check the Lighthouse Facts handout for accuracy.





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    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
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