Using this activity in the classoom / Sample of resources

DECIDING ABOUT USING THIS ACTIVITY

  1. Review the activity to see what it encompasses.

  2. Take a look at your curriculum. Does the activity fit in? Where's the best fit?

  3. Think about the abilities of your children. Can they handle this activity? Do you need to make some changes to the Internet Exploration so that they can?

  4. Think about your own objectives for this activity. What do you want the students to do/know? How will you know when they get there?

    As designed, this activity specifically addresses at least two MSPAP Outcomes:

    Social Studies Outcome: Students will demonstrate an ability — individually and as part of a group — to gather information, think critically, and solve problems as needed to facilitate responsible decision-making, to understand complex ideas, and to generate new ideas.

    Reading Outcome: Students will demonstrate their ability to vary their orientation to the text by interacting with a variety of texts for different purposes. Students will read for literary experience, to be informed, and to perform a task.


PLANNING FOR THE ACTIVITY

  1. Think about the technology you have on hand for classroom use.

    Can you bring your students to a computer lab that has Internet access?
    If so, you may want to set up teams of students to work on a single computer. Each team member should understand his or her role on the team.

    Do you have Internet access on at least one computer in your classroom?
    If so, you may want to use a projection device to show the activity to your students. The computer could then serve as a single station through which groups could circulate to look at information. If you cannot access the Internet or do not have a computer in your classroom, you can print out the Kids Pages and use them as a print resource.

  2. Before your class begins their task, make sure to print out Investigation Pages, and duplicate a set for every team or every student.

  3. Are there other print resources your students could use, such as encyclopedias, text books, or magazine articles? Locate them and bring them to class.

  4. Decide how you will evaluate your students' work. Here is a suggested rubric.

  5. Introduce the task to your students, and make sure they are clear about their task and how you will judge their work.

  6. There can always be glitches with any kind of technology. Have print back-ups . . . just in case.

  7. Plan enough time for the activity. Here is a suggested schedule.

  8. Obtain a copy of the MPT video Anne Arundel's Legacy. You can purchase a copy by calling (800) 873-6154. The program was also broadcasted during MPT's overnight broadcast in March 2000. Check MPT's Educational Video Service web page at http://www.mpt.org/learningworks/teachers/video/annarun.shtml for future scheduling.