EdTech 541: Social Networking

Walled Gardens

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Social Networking Lesson

Lesson Link

This lesson can be accessed via Animal Reports through Social Networking, website created by Jen Crook.

Learner Description: This animal report research activity was created for 3rd grade students in preparation for compiling research and writing their own animal reports. These activities will span 2-3 weeks.

Objectives

Animal Reports through Social Networking

This lesson can be accessed via Animal Reports through Social Networking, a website created by Jen Crook.

Students now understand the elements of an animal report and are ready to begin compiling and publishing their own research on their animal reports.

Student Directions

STEP 1: Animal Habitat on Padlet
    Students will:

  • Click on the map below or this LINK
  • Double click inside the map
  • Add student’s name on the first line
  • Add student’s animal name and the country or area of the world it lives in
  • Watch the SmartBoard as the whole class fills up the map!

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STEP 2: Outline in Google Classroom
    Students will:

  • Click on this LINK to go to Mrs. Crook’s Google Classroom page.
  • Click on the Animal Reports Research Outline link
  • Go to “File”
  • Go to “Make a copy”
  • Rename it with STUDENT’S NAME and STUDENT’S ANIMAL
  • Students will fill out the Google document with their animal’s information
  • If students would rather print out the outline then type it later, they can do that too
  • Find photos of their animal at Pixabay
  • Note: Parents can help from home if needed by following the links provided on the assignment website
STEP 3: Publish Rough Draft
    Students will:

  • Click on this LINK to go to Mrs. Crook’s Google Classroom page.
  • Click on the Animal Reports Research Outline link
  • Start filling out the Google document “Animal Report Rough Draft” with their animal’s information
  • Note: Parents can help from home if needed by following the links provided on the assignment website
STEP 4: Publish Final Draft
    Students will:

  • Click on this LINK to go to Mrs. Crook’s Animal Report Blog
  • Click on “New post”
  • Enter student’s name and student’s animal name
  • Copy and past from their edited rough draft
  • Include ONE photo of their animal at the end of their report
  • If they don’t finish today, click “save draft”
  • Click PUBLISH when they are all finished and ready for everyone to see their final report.
  • Note: Parents can help from home if needed by following the links provided on the assignment website
STEP 5: Review the Blog
  • When everyone is done publishing to the class blog, students will visit the blog site and comment on 3 other blog entries.
  • Students will find a blog that has less than 3 comments already, they may have to scroll to the end of the list.
  • Students are to be specific in their comments. What exactly was the most fascinating thing they learned about that animal?
Assessment
  • Teacher will start the Socrative quiz, Room Number is: 8c70a574
    Students will:

  • Take this quick 5-question Socrative quiz to make sure they understand all the important parts of the animal research report.
  • The Room Number is: 8c70a574

At the conclusion of this portion of the animal report research activity, students will publish their finished writings on the blog. The teacher will monitor individual progress through the Google Classroom documents and help where needed.

Common Core Standards

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Range of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9

Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Materials

  • Internet enabled device

References

Holland, B. (2013, June 18). Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students. Retrieved March 14, 2015, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/introducing-social-media-lower-elementary-beth-holland

Janssen, C. (n.d.). What is Walled Garden? – Definition from Techopedia. Retrieved March 11, 2015, from http://www.techopedia.com/definition/2541/walled-garden-technology

Roblyer, M.D., & Doering, A.H. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching. (6th ed.). [Kindle version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com.

Walled garden. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/W/walled_garden.html

Photo Credits

Creative Commons Children at School by Lucelia Ribeiro is licensed under CC BY 2.0 http://bit.ly/1AoKMUS

Creative Commons It’s not all evil by Stephen Ransom is licensed under CC BY 2.0 http://bit.ly/1CgZAeq

Creative Commons Social Networking by Richard Dalton is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Creative Commons Walls by Still Burning is licensed under CC BY 2.0 http://bit.ly/1GQrbUO

Creative Commons Woman and young girl in kitchen with laptop and paperwork smiling by GSCSNJ is licensed under CC BY 2.0 http://bit.ly/1b9FDKH

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Office of Facebook Image source: http://bit.ly/1EMqifu

Social Networking image source: http://bit.ly/19lg2hf