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Do You Have a Babushka?

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Author:Amy Uptain
System: Russellville City
School: Russellville Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 375

Title:

Do You Have a Babushka?

Overview/Annotation:

This lesson will familiarize students with the author Patricia Polacco. Students will use appropriate resources to gather information about Polacco, categorize the information, and record it in a graphic organizer (concept map).

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
19 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the Grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RI.3.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
28 ) Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. [W.3.7]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.28- Ask and answer questions about a topic for a research project allowing the use of digital tools and/or differing forms of media.


Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • locate information from digital sources to answer research questions.
  • curate information to present or share with others.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • curate
  • keyword
  • search engine
  • database
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that information to research questions can be obtained from digital sources.
  • how to use resources to organize information.
  • how to use resources to present or share with others.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • create a list of keywords or phrases to enter into a search engine and/or database such as the Alabama Virtual Library.
  • use additional words or punctuation to narrow search such as AND (+), OR, NOT (
  • ), and quotation marks.
  • organize information.
  • share information by creating a digital resource.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • information can be located from a digital source to answer research questions.
  • information can be organzied and shared by creating a digital resource.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • produce authentic artifacts using digital tools using various forms of media.
  • review and revise authentic artifacts using digital tools.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • multimedia
  • artifacts
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • a variety of digital tools in which they can create or revise authentic artifacts to share their knowledge.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • design and create authentic artifacts using approved digital tools that meet COPPA guidelines.
  • review an authentic artifact to revise with new or additional information.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • everyone can be an author, producer, director, etc.
  • , using digital tools.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
16) Conduct basic keyword searches to produce valid, appropriate results, and evaluate results for accuracy, relevance, and appropriateness.

Examples: Use search techniques, check for credibility and validity.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • conduct basic keyword searches to produce valid, appropraite results, and evaluate results for accuracy, relevance, and appropriateness.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • keyword
  • search
  • valid
  • true
  • accuracy/accurate
  • relevance/relevant
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • strategies to conduct keyword searches.
  • strategies evaluate the accuracy of information.
  • not all information online is valid or true.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • conduct basic keyword searches using basic words and phrases.
  • explain how they know information located online is valid or true.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • using specific keywords while searching will deliver best results.
  • not all information online is valid or true.

Local/National Standards:

 

Primary Learning Objective(s):

The student will be able to retrieve information about Patricia Polacco from selected sources. The student will be able to classify information into prescribed categories on a concept map.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 
 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

One concept map per student

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with internet access

Background/Preparation:

 
  Procedures/Activities: 
1.)Teacher will introduce the word "babushka" and elicit student guesses about the word's definition. Teacher will share pictures or Russian artifacts (matroishka dolls, Ukrainian eggs, etc.) and discuss how one's ancestry/culture affects one's life.

2.)Divide students into groups of three or four with one experienced computer user in each group.

3.)Students will access the Internet to retrieve information from the Alabama Virtual Library's databases.
(Article from Gale Literature Resource Center (Alabama Virtual Library))
Article includes biographical information, a complete bibliography of Polacco's works, and a lengthy narrative about Polacco's experiences and inspiration as an author.

4.)Each group will read the information about Polacco and complete a concept map.

  Assessment  

Assessment Strategies

The teacher will assess each group's concept map. This assessment could be based on the accuracy of the details in relation to their categories.

Acceleration:

Pictures from the Internet could be used to represent details on the concept map. Students could write a summary paragraph of the author's life based on the details from the concept maps.

Intervention:

 

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.