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Engineered Solution Dam Evaluation Journal and Presentation

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Author:Megan Nichols
System: Chickasaw City
School: Chickasaw City Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 35514

Title:

Engineered Solution Dam Evaluation Journal and Presentation

Overview/Annotation:

Students will create a Google Doc utilizing their school based account or the class created account provided by the teacher. Students will electronically journal their thinking throughout the process of the hands-on group science activity about designing and evaluating a dam to reduce the impact of a flood. Once the activity is complete, students will share their Google Doc with a peer or assigned group in order to discuss findings of the experiment and clarify any unclear statements claimed in his/her journaling. Students will compile journal entries to create a sequential writing appropriate to the task. Students will then create a presentation of their journaling with Google Slides, Prezi, Animoto or a similar electronic presentation tool.

This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
27 ) With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others. [W.3.6]

Local/National Standards:

 

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will create a Google Doc titled with their name and project title.

Students will adequately journal in his/her own created Google Doc as well as date each entry.

Students will collaborate by sharing their Google Doc with peers to discuss findings of the experiment and clarify any unclear statements claimed in his/her journaling.

Students will compile journal entries to create a sequential writing appropriate to the task.

Students will incorporate his/her writing in creating an electronic presentation tool of their choosing such as Google Slides, Prezi, or Animoto.

Students will share the presentation with the teacher for final editing.

Students will present the presentation to peers.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 
 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

The teacher will need to provide access to students:

  • Portable device to document images such as iPad, tablet, etc. (at least one for each group)

Students will need:

  • Portable device to document images such as iPad, tablet, etc. (one for each group)
  • Teacher provided access to Google Docs, Google Slides, Prezi (https://prezi.com), or Animoto (https://animoto.com)

Technology Resources Needed:

Students will need:

  • Portable device to document images such as iPad, tablet, etc. (one for each group)

Background/Preparation:

Prior to teaching the lesson, the teacher will need to activate accounts with Google Docs, Google Slides, Prezi (https://prezi.com), or Animoto (https://animoto.com). The teacher should gain access to electronic tools prior to student introduction. For example, Google Docs, Google Slides, Prezi (https://prezi.com), and Animoto (https://animoto.com) will require a subscription or an account created.

Prior to the lesson, the teacher will ensure students are proficient in the following skills:

  • Students should have a working knowledge of keyboarding skills.
  • Students should be aware of internet safety.
  • Students should be aware of the protocol for constructive criticism.

This lesson will be utilized concurrently as part of the Reducing The Impact of a Flood unit which includes the following lessons:

 

  Procedures/Activities: 

Before/Engage:

(Day 1)

The teacher will connect the idea of writing in a journal on paper to the idea of typing in a journal with an online document such as Google Docs.

The teacher will model creating a Google Doc titled with his/her own name and the title of the Science Activity about designing and evaluating a dam to reduce the impact of a flood. For example, the entire Google Doc can be titled at the top left of the document where the words "untitled document" appear in italics. 

The teacher will allow all students to create the Google Doc at the introductory stage of the lesson.

The teacher will model typing the date above the entry.

The teacher will model typing the first journal entry that is a hypothesis or assumption to the Science activity task about designing and evaluating a dam to reduce the impact of a flood (ex: I think that dirt would be a good way to build a wall to stop a flood). A hypothesis will be taught in this lesson as an assumption to what will happen when asked to design and evaluate a dam that is constructed to reduce the impact of a flood. For example, the teacher will ask, "How do you think a dam can be constructed to reduce the impact of a flood"?

The student will type the date above the journal.

The student will create his/her first journal entry that is his/her hypothesis or assumption to the group science activity task about designing and evaluating a dam to reduce the impact of a flood (ex: I think that dirt would be a good way to build a wall to stop a flood). The student will type their hypothesis by answering the question "How do you think a dam can be constructed to reduce the impact of a flood?"

During/Explore/Explain:

(Day 2)

The teacher will model going into the same document that was created the previous day. The teacher will model typing the date above the entry.

The teacher will model a typed journal entry of designing a plan in creating a dam that will reduce the impact of a flood. The teacher will utilize measurement and materials mentioned in the math plans in the unit, Dam Engineering

The student will type the date above the entry. The student will use the measurement skills and materials mentioned in the math plans of the unit, Dam Engineering

The student will type his/her journal entry of designing a plan in creating a dam that will reduce the impact of a flood. The student will use the measurement skills and materials mentioned in the math plans of the unit, Dam Engineering.  

(Day 3)

The teacher will model typing the date above the entry.

The teacher will model a typed journal entry of gathering material for creating the dam that will reduce the impact of a flood.The Dam Engineering lesson has a list of universal materials to use but students should be able to choose different materials than on the list as the comprehension section of plans, Cause and Effect of Dams, may activate new ideas that inspire for different materials to be used.

The student will type the date above the entry.

The student will type his/her journal entry of gathering materials for creating the dam that will reduce the impact of a flood. The student will use the materials mentioned in the math plans, Dam Engineering. Students will be able to choose different materials than on the list as students may apply some of the knowledge learned from the text in the reading comprehension section of the plan Cause and Effect of Dams.

The student will use the measurement skills and materials mentioned in the math plans of the unit, Dam Engineering, and note if materials have diverted from those listed in these plans. Students will be able to choose different materials than on the list as students may apply some of the knowledge learned from the text in the reading comprehension section of the plan Cause and Effect of Dams

(Day 4 - Day 7)

The teacher will model and discuss that throughout the group science activity on designing and evaluating a dam to reduce the impact of a flood, the student will take pictures with tablets to document his/her process throughout the activity.

The teacher will model titling the images with the date and group name so that it coincides with the typed journal entries.

The student will continue typing the date above each journal entry.

The student will take pictures with tablets to document his/her process throughout the activity.

(Day 8)

The teacher will model collaborating with one peer (the teacher will "share" the example Google Doc with one student and model going into the document, and "clicking" on the comment tab to the right, and providing feedback on one entry) to discuss findings of the experiment and clarify any unclear statements claimed in his/her journaling.

The student will collaborate with at least one peer (student will "share" their Google Doc with one student and go into the document, and "click" on the comment tab to the right, and provide feedback on one entry) to discuss findings of the experiment and clarify any unclear statements claimed in his/her journaling. The teacher can assign "sharing" and feedback task to ensure all students have been given and received feedback. 

(Day 9)

The teacher will model compiling journal entries to create a sequential writing appropriate to the task. A sequential writing would be a writing that goes in order according to this lesson plan. For example, the date of journal entries should be in order. There should not be a repetitive amount of entries missing. The hypothesis, list of materials, dam construction, and dam evaluation should be in order and build upon each other. 

The student will compile journal entries to create a sequential writing appropriate to the task. The student's sequential writing would be a writing that goes in order according to this lesson plan. For example, the date of journal entries should be in order. There should not be a repetitive amount of entries missing. The hypothesis, list of materials, dam construction, and dam evaluation should all be in order and build upon each other. 

(Day 10)

The teacher will model incorporating his/her writing in creating an electronic presentation tool of their choosing such as Google Slides, Prezi, or Animoto. Google Slides would be ideal for an easy transition between Google Docs and Google Slides. This would be beneficial as it would not require the teacher or students to gain access to more than one electronic tool. It is also beneficial in the teacher's ability to scaffold the presentation construction process by easily having students add a slide when appropriate. Prezi.com and Animoto.com both require a higher level skill set for interacting with presentations and can be difficult to navigate and manipulate. This may be a tool more suited for students who exhibit exceptional independence and ability in to complete higher level tasks. 

The student will incorporate his/her writing in creating an electronic presentation tool of their choosing such as Google Slides, Prezi or Animoto. Students who are unfamiliar with the presentation tools may be best suited to use Google Slides due to the ease of the program and the teacher's ability to scaffold the task. Prezi.com and Animoto.com may be a tool more suited for those students who exhibit exceptional independence and ability in to complete higher level tasks.

(Day 11)

The teacher will model how to share Google Slides and email Prezi or Animoto presentations.

The teacher may want to display class emails so that notifications confirm the shared document of the students.

The student will share the presentation with the teacher for final editing.

(Day 12 - Day 13)

The teacher will model presenting as well as reinforcing to students what is proper behavior during a presentation.

The student will present the presentation to peers.

After/Explain, Elaborate:

(Day 14 - Day 15)

Peer observation and discussion on the most effective dam solution that effectively reduced the impact of the simulated flood. The teacher will facilitate the discussion about the observation of which group's dam was able to reduce the impact of a flood most effectively. 

Peer observation and discussion on a more effective dam solution if the class were to attempt the task again using what was learned from the group science activity. The teacher will facilitate the discussion about a future attempt to create a more effective dam if the task were to be attempted again. 

Peer observation of the most effective presentation of information. The teacher will facilitate the discussion about the observation of the most effective presentation of information by using the same rubric used to grade each presentation. The teacher will discuss how the students scored so successfully according to the rubric Dam-Evaluation-Multimedia-Presentation PDF. 

Peer observation of a better way to present the information documented. The teacher will facilitate the discussion on the observation of a better way to present the information that was documented in the presentation. The teacher will take the most effective presentation and work with that successful group to enhance their presentation as a whole class. The teacher will use the Dam-Evaluation-Multimedia-Presentation PDF to guide adding components to the best presentation to enhance the originality and effectiveness of the presentation. 


  Assessment  

Assessment Strategies

Formative Assessments to check for understanding of journaling and typing task. Allow rubric to guide measurement of effective Google Doc.

Summative Assessment use rubric listed under attachments created in rubistar.4teachers.org to grade Journaling. Dam Evaluation Journaling Rubric available for download in the attachments section.

Summative Assessment use rubric to grade Presentation. Dam Evaluation Multimedia Presentation Rubric available for view with the following links: 

 Dam Evaluation Journaling Rubric

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=ShowRubric&rubric_id=2695366&

 Multimedia Project: Dam Evaluation Presentation

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=ShowRubric&rubric_id=2695384&

 

Acceleration:

Student working at accelerated level can begin similar process under the task of an engineered solution for wind resistant roofs or lightning rods.

Intervention:

Students who are struggling with keyboard skills can be allowed to have assistance from a peer while journaling and the teacher can slowly release the struggling student into a higher level of independence in journaling.

Students who are struggling with remembering the activity can be allowed to write a journal in a composition notebook to be typed later.

Students who are struggling with writing or creating the presentation, can be provided with peer or teacher assistance.


View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.