Saturday, April 3, 2010

Science Project Planning

Technology Lesson Planning

Directions: This table is intended to help you explicitly evaluate your options for selecting the best mix of pedagogy and technology to teach content. List the activity types you want to include in the lesson and 2-3 technology options that could work. Then list the affordances and constraints of each technology/activity type combination.
Step 1:
Identify Content to be Taught Step 2:
Plan Activities to do During the Instruction Step 3:
Identify Technologies that Could be Used
Identify Technology Strengths
Identify Technology Weaknesses
Students will understand that the appearance of the moon changes in a predictable cycle as it orbits Earth and as Earth rotates on its axis.
- Design an investigation, construct a chart, and collect data depicting the phases of the moon. Activity 1: Look at the moon phases over the course of the month using stellarium.

Design an investigation. Stellarium.
Interesting view of the moon and its phases.

Activity 2: Research the names of the moon phases.

Collect data. Send them to:
To learn about the phases. Visuals, interactive, straight-forwad information. Time consuming, boring, easily distracted.

Activity 3: Construct a month-long moon phase chart.

Construct a chart. Microsoft Word
Clear. Not interactive, difficult to put the pictures in.

Online game: Lunar cycle challenge.
_challenge.html Interactive, creates opportunity for the students to test what they have learned. Limited access to computers for each student.
Activity 4: Depict the phases.

Model moon phases with dough. Interactive, fun. Messy.
Model moon phases on poster. Easy to construct, visual. Time consuming.
Flip book of the moon phases. See the changes of the moon, active.

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