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Keywords: Research, Group Work, Presentation
Subject(s): Social Skills, Technology, Science
Grades 2 through 3
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
View Full Text of Standards
School: Valley West Elementary School, Houston, TX
Planned By: Mayra Santos-Cooper
Original Author: Mayra Santos-Cooper, Houston
Subjects:
Computers & Internet, Science

Grades:
2

Title – Butterfly Cycle
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 2

Content:

Students will understand the life cycle of a butterfly.
They will record research on the butterflies.
Benchmarks:

(LO) 111.2


Organization of living things


Describe life cycles of familiar organisms
Technology standard:

Demonstrate proper care in the use of hardware, software, peripherals, and storage media.
Learning Resources and Materials:

Computer
Inspiration program (optional for the teacher’s use)
Graphic organizer
Pencil
Development of Lesson:

Introduction:
Students will be asked if they know where butterflies come from. Students will visit a specific site on the internet and research the life cycle of a butterfly.


Students will show what they learned in their graphic organizers.


Then they will write a short summary of the life cycle of a butterfly.


Methods/Procedures:
Students will be placed in groups of two for the internet research. A short discussion on what happens to a butterfly during its lifetime will be given. Students will visit one of two internet sites.
Children’s Butterfly Site
The Butterfly Site
http://www.thebutterflysite.com/
Students will each write in their graphic organizers the correct life cycle of a butterfly.



Lastly the students will give a summary of the butterfly cycle in their own words plus type and save it on the computer.


Accommodations/Adaptations:
Jeff (fictional student) has slow motor skills. He will be given one-on-one instructions at his speed. In addition, he will have two days to finish the assignment.


Assessment/Evaluation:
Checked on individual groups and assessed students by writing organization and group interaction.


Students will be tested in two days on what they learned.



Follow-up with a trip to the Science Museum next week.
Comments
Our class could really beneift from having tablets in the classroom. We could access programs our school has access to and it could benefit them in all aspects and in all subjects.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Our students could practice Reading and Writing and Math skills also on the tablets.
Materials: Elementary, Wacom Tablets
Other Items: 22 Wacom Tablets, $NA each