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 Web Projects 2009

Animal Projects              Branches of Government                     Character Ed              Circulatory System

Healthy Choices              Native American Technology              Weather                      Recycling

Articulation                       Black History and Music                   Scientific Method          ELA Grammar

Making Art

 

 

 

 

 

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                         Animal Projects
  

Developed By:   L. Sands, K. Smith, M. Sokaris

Curriculum Area: Science

 Grade Level:  1

                         Time Needed:  Two to three months

 

Brief  Description of Activity: We will be teaching First Grade students to do computer research and completing a Front Page Project. We will teach students to use the PC laptops as a tool for expanding their education.

As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:

  • How to use the computer as a tool for their education.

  • Complete an independent research project using several types of technology.

  • Being able to navigate between several different programs and software.

Student product or performance to be used for evaluation: We will evaluate the final project as well as the process that was used to complete to the project.

Criteria for evaluating:

  • A completed project.

  • Notes that were taken to do the research.

  • Ability to work independently and be able to explain the details of the project.

Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

  • Writing/Technology Rubric
    4- Project complete, able to work at an independent level, writing complete sentences, using appropriate vocabulary and punctuation
    3- Project complete, required some adult guidance/assistance, writing using complete sentences.
    2- Project partially complete, needed much adult guidance/assistance, writing sentence fragments, thoughts are incomplete.
    1- Project not complete, writing is unable to be read by others, performing below grade level expectations.
     


 

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                                                           Branches of Government

 

Developed By:  Alice Florance, Sandy La, Laurie Sasson & Maran Franke
Curriculum Area: Social Studies
Grade Level 3rd and 4th
Time needed: 5 sessions of 45 minutes


Brief description of the activity: Students will learn about the powers and responsibilities of the Judicial Branch, the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government. They will navigate through the site, reading information, watching videos, playing interactive games, reviewing the process of how a bill becomes a law, completing projects and visiting related links to solidify their understanding of the roles of the three branches.
 

As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:

  • Identify the purpose and responsibilities of each branch of the federal government.

  • Identify each branch of government and explain three facts about each branch in a brochure.

  • Create a step book (NUA strategy) to consolidate the information about each branch into a concise format. This step book can later be used to review the information learned.

Student product or performance to be used for evaluation: Students will create both a brochure and a step book with the information learned from this and related sites.

Criteria for evaluating:

  • Students produce three relevant facts about each branch. Facts will be in complete sentences in the brochure.

  • A relevant definition for each branch placed in their step books. Students will also be evaluated on their creativity.

  • Students will be self-evaluated through quizzes, puzzles and games completed throughout the project.

Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

  • Students will be assessed using two rubrics:
         Content- assess understanding of key concepts and vocabulary  (0-4).
          ELA skills- assess organization of response, sentence structure, and     grade-level appropriateness (0-4).
     


 

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 Character Ed

 Developed By: Kelly Haggerty, Djemila Stevens and Deb Whipple

Curriculum Area: Character Education
Grade Level:  2nd-5th grades    
Time needed:   Ongoing
Brief description of the activity: Students will be introduced to several character traits and information about each. They will be provided with role models that have exhibited these traits. Students will research other current positive role models and develop projects based on this information.

As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:

  • Describe and identify character traits

  • Navigate and research

  • Develop a PowerPoint presentation, create and illustrate personal biographies

Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Pre-survey, student products (writing, drawing, thinking map, slideshow, presentation to class) and post assessment


Criteria for evaluating: Teacher observation


Assessment tool for student products/ performance: Rubric, Assessment checklist
 

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Circulatory System

  Developed By: Adams, Johnson, Daignault
Curriculum Area: Health and Science
Grade Level: 5-6  
Time needed: 2-3 weeks
Brief description of the activity: Students will be introduced to the circulatory system focusing on the heart. Student will engage in interactive activities that will explain the various functions of the heart. (videos, finding a heartbeat, labeling diagrams, completing vocabulary tasks, word search, crossword puzzles)


As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1.Identify parts of the heart
2.Identify the function of the parts
3. Explain how blood flows from the heart to the rest of the body


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Student portfolio: Student complete, print and collect activities to be placed in folder.


Criteria for evaluating:

  • Completed activities from the computer program (diagrams)

  • Completed vocabulary activities

  • Oral presentation at the end of the unit

Assessment tool for student products/ performance: Task specific checklist, Rubric for oral presentation,

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 Healthy Choices

  Developed By: Nick Bisanz, Roseanna Biondo, Kimberly Nies, Linda Serapilio, Steve Thompson

Curriculum Area: Health
Grade Level:   2-3
Time needed:    3 or more classes
Brief description of the activity: The project describes food pyramid information for children in grades 2-3. It explains foods to include in your diet those to avoid. Students learn the benefits
of exercise. Students use information to participate in activities. They complete
Pre and Post logs to note improvements of lifestyle choices.
 



As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1. Learn about the Food Pyramid.
2. Learn about benefits of exercise.
3.  Students will have more knowledge and information to be able to make healthier food choices and increase physical activity.


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation: Student logs and journals


Criteria for evaluating: Observations, logs, activities


Assessment tool for student products/ performance: Rubric

 

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   Native American and Colonial Technology


      

 Developed By: Cheryl Holley, Steve Costello, Katie Chainyk
Curriculum Area: Social Studies, Science, Writer’s Workshop
Grade Level:  5 
Time needed: 5 45-minute periods 
Brief description of the activity: Students will gather background information from teacher-created site. They will choose two examples of technology, and compare and contrast them on a Venn diagram. Students will then create their own web page on front page. Finally, students will create a model of a chosen example of either Colonial or Native American technology.


As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1. Discuss similarities and differences between Colonial and Native American technology.
2. Create models of individually chosen examples of early American technology..
3.Create web pages based on individual research.


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Student created web page,Model of chosen example of technology,Venn diagram


Criteria for evaluating:

Students will be evaluated based on  a teacher created rubric.


Assessment tool for student products/ performance:  Rubric

 

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Weather

 

Developed By: 
 

Curriculum Area: Science
Grade Level:    
Time needed: 
Brief description of the activity:



As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
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Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:


Criteria for evaluating:


Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

 

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Recycling


      

 Developed By: Elisa Byrnes, Carmen Ortiz, Michelle Miesowicz
Curriculum Area: Cross-Curricular: Science, SS, Math, ELA, Health
Grade Level:  1 and 2 
Time needed: once per week for 4 to six weeks
Brief description of the activity: Students will be able to understand recycling on a deeper level as they travel through the Web-Based Project where they will complete activities, read and listen to information, watch videos and clips, play games, and much more in regards to recycling and other ideas pertaining to recycling.


As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1. Students will be able understand that living things, plants, and animals depend on nonliving things in the environment which is why recycling is important for our survival.
2. Students will be able to describe what recycling is and how it is helpful to our planet and why it is important.
3.Studnets will learn how to establish a successful recycling program at school and at home.


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Make a poster on Recycling
~ Perform a Skit in groups of 3-5 students
~Recycle Alphabet Sheet: Writing activity where students will need to write about the 3 R’s and then draw a corresponding picture.
~Reuse or Recycle Chart: Students will access this sheet and print it. Once they have the sheet they will need to do a sorting activity where they list things into different categories.
~ Complete a Small-group Quiz: At the conclusion on the Web Project, Students will meet in small groups to complete the quiz.
 


Criteria for evaluating:

Attached rubrics on Assessment page

Feedback from peers in class and in groups when used.

Observation


Assessment tool for student products/ performance:  Rubric

 

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Scientific Method

 

 

Developed By: 
Maureen Tricozzi ,Shelly Flood ,Angela Jones

Curriculum Area: Science
Grade Level:    3-5
Time needed: 3-5 hours
Brief description of the activity: This interactive computer unit will take students through the science fair planning process and also allow them to get their own science fair project organized.



As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1. Understand the scientific process

2.  2. Plan and organize a science fair project.


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Planning sheet, science fair project, online quiz


Criteria for evaluating:

1. Student evaluation

2. Quiz

3.  Science Fair Rubric
Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

Rubric, assessment, actual project

 

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Articulation

 

 

Developed by:Nancy Cerniglia, Amy Dunbar, Lisa Mancini, Peggy Morehouse

Curriculum Area: Speech
Grade Level:    K-3
Time needed: Ongoing


Brief description of the activity:

Our project is developing web pages that can be used as an articulation homework helper.

 

As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1. Produce speech sounds correctly in words

2. Produce speech sounds in spontaneous speech

3. Navigate through web pages independently


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Voice recording on Audacity of a connected speech sample.


Criteria for evaluating:

90% accuracy in speech sound production in connected speech.


Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

Charting, data collection.

 

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Black History and Music

Developed by Nan Blaufuss

Curriculum Area: Strings
Grade Level:  3-6  
Time needed:  Ongoing


Brief description of the activity:

Students will use the internet and the web site from this project to research available orchestral sheet music and information concerning the history of the music we’ll be performing in our annual school concerts.

 

As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1.Use internet to research

2. Compose music on the computer

3. Arrange music for concerts


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Student musical compositions and arrangements; logs of music and musical history research


Criteria for evaluating:

1. Performance at quarterly concerts

2. Completion of logs


Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

NYSSMA Solo competition evaluations; rubric

 

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ELA Grammar

 

Developed By: Diane Lemieur, Darby Seward, Kathryn Sokaris
 

Curriculum Area: ELA
Grade Level:    1
Time needed: 4-6 weeks


Brief description of the activity:

Students will navigate through beginning grammar concepts such as: naming part, telling part and specific parts of speech (nouns, verbs and describing words). For each concept, activities will include: the definition of the concept to be taught, examples of the concept within a sentence, practice with identifying the concepts within a sentence, as well as application of the concept via drill and practice activities using web sites, worksheets and thinking maps based on National Urban Alliance strategies. Final assessment is cumulative. To be age appropriate, voice over has been included on each page.


As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:

1. Identify naming parts, telling parts, nouns, verbs and describing words in a sentence

2. Create sentences from a list of words in the correct word order.

3. Students will be able to classify nouns, verbs and describing words.


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Assessment will include bubble map, taxonomy, tree map and other worksheets.


Criteria for evaluating:

Grading rubric

Teacher feedback

Additional workbook pages/Harcourt reading series


Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

Bubble map, taxonomy, tree map and other worksheets.

 

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Making Art

 

 

 

Developed By: Debbie Cronin and Kate Wright
 

Curriculum Area: Art
Grade Level:    PK-6
Time needed: ongoing


Brief description of the activity:

Navigating a web based program that highlights the elements of art: line, shape, color, value, texture, space, form. The students are introduced to these elements via definitions, visual images, art history and interactive practice.



As a result of this lesson, the student will know and be able to:
1.Navigate through the web-site elements of art and read, view, complete activities on each page.

2.  Participate in hands- on art projects and assignments off the computer in a physical workspace.

3.Work independently/in groups and create a discussion based on web- based information.


Student product or performance to be used for evaluation:

Finished activities are visually assessed or printed out for teacher to evaluate. A rubric is created to assure that certain skills and information have been learned.


Criteria for evaluating:

Rubric

On-going teacher assessment

Group driven class presentation on an element of art.


Assessment tool for student products/ performance:

1-4 graded Rubric

 

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