ALEX Lesson Plan


Technology and Reading # Hashtag Twitter Discussion

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Author:Danielle Nixon
System: Mobile County
School: Mobile County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 34729


Technology and Reading

# Hashtag Twitter Discussion


This lesson will be used to introduce the use of Twitter into the elementary classroom. Students will be instructed to create a Twitter account solely for education purposes. Through this process, students will be able to follow the teacher and classmates. To ensure that students can effectively comment  and follow group hashtag discussions, the teacher will post a reading prompt for students to follow. The students will listen to the story, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and answer teacher hashtag question prompts.   Ongoing Twitter discussions will continue after initial setup.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
10 ) Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.

Examples: publishing online journals, sharing presentations, contributing to online discussions, communicating with experts

•  Producing digital works collaboratively
Examples: developing shared writing projects and group multimedia projects

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
1 ) Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. [RL.3.1]

Local/National Standards:

ISTE Standard

7. Global Collaborator

Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and

enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working

effectively in teams locally and globally. Students:

c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various

roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a

common goal.

Primary Learning Objective(s):

  1. Respond to class reading discussions on Twitter.
  2. Set up a Twitter account for class usage.

  • Add picture

  • Follow teacher and classmates

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

91 to 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:


Technology Resources Needed:

Personal Laptops,

 The True Story of the Three Little Pigs video story

SmartBoard to model how to use Twitter



Students will require:

Prior knowledge of twitter.

Prior knowledge of answering text dependent questions and prompts.


Step 1- Launch

Teacher will have a # hashtag on the board. # learningisawesome. Teacher will ask students if they know what the symbol represents and how do you use the symbol and phrase. Teacher will explain that by the end of the lesson the students will be able to respond to questions using the hashtag on Twitter.

Step 2- Instruction

Teacher will begin demonstrating how to create a Twitter Account. Teacher will explain that each Twitter post has a maximum of 140 characters.

  1. Teacher will ask students to think of a school friendly user name with a partner.  
  2. Teacher will then create a mock Twitter page to demonstrate how to create their page.
  3. Teacher will show students how to upload an image other than their picture.
  4. Teacher will model how to find and follow friends on Twitter by typing that friends Twitter name or groups. 
  5. Teacher will then ask students to partner up and practice responding to the hashtag # learning is awesome on a blank sheet of paper. Teacher will prompt students to try to respond to the hashtag by explaining what makes learning awesome.

Step 3- Independent

Students will partner with a table mate and:

  • Create their individual pages with a picture
  • Find classmates and follow them on Twitter
  • Respond/ Tweet to the hashtag # learningisawesome


Assessment Strategies

The students will  respond to the questions/ hashtag


  • What cause the big bad wolf to blow each pigs house down?
  • Was it the wolf’s fault? Explain your thinking/ reasoning.


Students that can effectively complete objectives prior to the lesson will be able to create their own hashtag tweet about the story.


Students who require additional help will have a peer partner to help them create their Twitter accounts. Extended time will also be provided for their assignment completions.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.