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Keywords: post cards, photography, world landmarks, blue screen, magnetic lasso
Subject(s): Technology, Geography, Photography, English/Language Arts, History
Grades 5 through 12
School: Gladstone Elementary School, Kansas City, MO
Planned By: Deborah Heffley
Original Author: Deborah Heffley, Kansas City
Lesson Title: Famous World Landmark Postcards via Blue Screen

Subject Area & Grade Level: Technology; Social Studies; CA (postcard writing); 6th grade

Objective of lesson (goals or outcomes):
- Use a software program for productivity.
- Show knowledge of using the Internet for research.
- Use writing skills in a postcard format including research found.

Description of Activities (tasks):
Students will works in small groups or pairs. Each member will either be responsible for tasks A or tasks B. All members may assist on all tasks.
- Task A1: Students will use the Internet to search for and capture a picture of a world famous landmark.
- Task B1: Students will take pictures of each other against a blue tarp backdrop & download.
- Task A2: Students will research the city and country the landmark is in, as well as 3 facts about it.
- Task B2: Students will open both pictures, (landmark and student picture) in Adobe Photoshop Elements and use magnetic lasso to cut, copy, and paste themselves into the landmark picture.
- Task A3: Students will pretend to be traveling abroad, and sending a postcard home. Given a Word template created by the teacher, that looks like a post card, students will correctly write an address on the left, and a letter home on the right that will include the city and country, location of the landmark, and three facts about it.
- Task B3: Students will compress the double images into a single picture and print using CYMB for best color results.

Activities Student will be Engaged in on the Internet
- Searching for world famous landmarks
- Searching for the location of a particular landmark
- Searching for the history or other facts about the landmark

Internet Sites Used in Lesson:
- http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/most_famous_landmarks.htm
- http://famouswonders.com/
- http://www.kidport.com/RefLib/SocialStudies/Landmarks/Landmarks.htm
- http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001328.html

Project or Assignment the Student will Complete:
- Students will overlay a picture of themselves onto a picture of a world famous landmark.
- Students will write a postcard style letter home about the landmark including the city and country it is in as well as three facts about it.
- Students will print the “postcard”.

Brief Description of How Students are Assessed:
- Finished photo of student in front of a world landmark
- Printed postcard style document telling where the landmark is and three facts about it as if the student were actually there.
- Complete tasks and finished pictures.
- Active participation
These cameras will be used for many project-based learning activities.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Math activities to include a spreadsheet of expenses for such a trip. Creating a collage or photo album of other things to see in that country as students delve into the culture of the country they are visiting (remotely of course).
Posting of postcards on a wall map with yarn pointing to the locations. Presenting a multimedia presentation of their travel log, including video messages from abroad that they would have video-taped with the cameras. Film a brief news story about politics or science or art in that country. Students should base the news on actual stories gleaned from television, radio, online news, or newspapers/magazines.
Links: "Link to Nations Online - Most Famous Landmarks in the World"
"Link to Famous Wonders - Top 100 Wonders"
"Link to Fact Monster - National Landmarks"
"Link to Info Please - Famous Buildings and Structures"
Materials: Point and Shoot, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Batteries, Memory Cards, Keyboarding
Other Items: 5 Point and Shoot Cameras, $200.00 each, total of $1000.00
5 Camera Bags, $15.00 each, total of $75.00
5 Flash/USB Drives - USB Memory card readers, $20.00 each, total of $100.00
5 Batteries - rechargeable sets, $40.00 each, total of $200.00
5 Memory Cards - 256 mb, $25.00 each, total of $125.00
5 4 yr. service plan, $40.00 each, total of $200.00