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Analyzing and Synthesizing Propaganda Techniques in Film 9 to 12
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Students will analyze the non-verbal techniques used in films that attempt to manipulate audiences through political or commercial propaganda. In teams, students will then create their own videos demonstrating a synthesis of these techniques.
Analyzing Concrete Jungles 4 to 4
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Students will take pictures of plants located throughout the school campus (which has very little grassy area.) They will compare and contrast the plants that are thriving with the plants that are struggling for survival.
Analyzing Fiction Text with Nearpod 9 to 12
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Students will complete a Nearpod interactive lesson with a partner in live time in class. Students will mark text with colors coordinating to specific criteria, as well as make predictions of what will happen in the story.
Analyzing Motion of a Tossed Ball 10 to 12
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Using digital cameras, students collect videos of their peers making basketball shots or tossing a ball in a parabolic arc. Using Vernier software, the students then analyze the motion of the object.
Analyzing Text Using Technology 3 to 12
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This lesson plan allows teachers to incorporate technology into any selected piece of text. Students will use Google Forms to analyze selected text and use a document camera to present their analysis.
Annotating and Analyzing Readings with Tablets 9 to 12
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This lesson plan shows how tablets and/or computers with internet access would be used in my ELA classroom to enhance engagement and independence reading and analyzing Common Core texts.
Classroom Census (Analyzing Data) 3 to 5
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Classroom Census (Analyzing Data) Students will complete census for their household, graph data, analyze and interpret it in a paragraph.
The Robotics Obstacle Course Challenge 6 to 8
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The Robotics Obstacle Course Challenge is a comprehensive instructional unit that exposes middle school students to various engineering domains/colleges, enhances student motivation and engagement, provides authentic avenues for research, and challenges all students to excel in a robotics obstacle course challenge.
Artistic Expression of the Scientific Revolution 9 to 10
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Students will explore the influences of the Scientific Revolution beyond literal scientific tools and inventions through reading, collaborating, scavenging, and games. Students will identify the ways in which science influenced and transformed European cultural institutions through art and music.
Captured at the Farm K to 2
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Kindergarten students will capture digital photos and/or video while visiting a local farm to represent "life" (animals, gardens, milk, butter, etc.). Students will collaborate with a second grade class to create a multimedia digital storybook about their field experience.
Collaborative Wriitng and Debating 4 to 5
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Through discussion, students will formulate opinions and defend their own positions in writing
Compare/Contrast Animal Kingdom Characteristics from Informational Texts P-K to P-K
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Students will compare and contrast the various animal kingdoms. Students will take this knowledge and complete a compare/contrast essay after researching the animal kingdoms.
CSI: Chemistry Student Investigators 10 to 12
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Students master scientific inquiry skills as they design investigations to solve mysteries based on scientific concepts, use hand held computers and digital cameras to capture data generated in their investigations, and use Tool Factory software to compile data and lab reports to create electronic lab journals.
Dakota Pipeline Lesson 11 to 12
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This is an a unit that is geared towards students understanding the components of the Regents exam. The argumentative essay will focus on students reading and analyzing 4 different texts that examine multiple sides about the Dakota Access Pipeline debate. The essay will extend in students participating in a socratic seminar with their peers using respectful and accountable talk and fostering productive peer to peer discussion.
Enhancing Social Skills and Vocabulary through Photography K to 5
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders will use photography to visualize, practice and evaluate their communicative exchanges.Younger students will use pictures to build their vocabulary.
Flat Stanley in the 21st Century 1 to 5
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Students use the Jeff Brown story "Flat Stanley" as a bridge to learn about different geographic, cultural, and scientific features of communities around the state, country, and world. Letters and their "flat" person is emailed to friends and family, in order to learn about the world around them via email, websites and Skype conversations. and results are shared with the grade level.
Geometry Hunters 3 to 5
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Students will review basic two dimensional geometric terms as they complete a digital scavenger hunt by snapping photos on the smartphone. Students will present their findings to the class in a googledocs slide show.
GPS Ecosystem (Ecotone) Scavenger Hunt 9 to 12
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Using GPS's and your surroundings to make going outside fun for students!
Holocaust background-Jewish Life Photo Project P-K to P-K
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To understand Jewish Life Pre-WWII by examining photographs and biographies through the US Holocaust Memorial Museum website
How Much does it Cost Project 7 to 9
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In this project, students investigate pricing schemes for various entry fees and determine which is the better option depending on their situation.
How to _____ like a pro! K to 12
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As young adults, many of our students have talents beyond what falls under "classroom curriculum". This project would involve filming something they are passionate about as a "How to Documentary" and create a written piece reflecting on their passion and their lives.
Immigration in Early America (5th Grade) 3 to 5
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This is a lesson that integrates American History into a typical 90-minute reading block. Reading strategies are integrated into informational non-fiction text that satisfy history standards.
In Touch with Nature K to 5
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Ipod touches will be used in conjunction with our Nature Space/Bird Habitat, on school grounds, community programs, local businesses, Cornell University, and volunteers. These members will aid in constructing a Bird Watch and Feeder program to collect data to be analyzed through the touches, student interaction, and Cornell Labs.
Inquiry Center New England Colonies 7 to 7
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Students worked in pairs and shared a computer to analyze primary sources about New England, for lower leveled students, they watched a video and had to take notes.
iTeach iLearn 6 to 12
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The iTeach iLearn Project is the artful mixing of video, narratives, images, music, sound and special effects into a digital story teaching about any concept. These digital stories reflect the student’s understanding of the themes of science. Science is a way of learning about the natural world, science has built a vast body of changing and increasing knowledge described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models, and science’s effect on technology and society.
Modern Caesar Adaptation 12 to 12
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After studying Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, students will create a modern adaptation by composing a script and creating a video of the dramatization.
Movie Music 5 to 8
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Students study music in movies and create a sequel to a popular childrens movie.
Musical Instruments of the Orchestra 3 to 5
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Students will explore the families of instruments online and create a digital media project that gives information about a particular instrument or family that they select.
Nutritional Tracker 6 to 12
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Students will track their nutrient intake and compare it to the USDA recommendations for their age, height, gender and activity level.
Pair Ideas:Parody 6 to 12
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After studying a poem, play, or novel considered to be a "literary canon," students will write and videotape a parody of it utilizing live musical or acting performances, LEGO animation, or puppet theater to share with peers and then serve as mentors for middle school students to recreate this process. All videos will be accessible on a web blog site or through a Google Drive or dropbox.
PLTW APP CREATOR 6 to 8
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Students will learn to code apps using Android Tablets. Using the knowledge of coding, students will create games and apps to submit to the Google Play Store.
Podcasting About Our World 1 to 5
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Students will combine learning about the world around them through our 21st Century lesson about Flat Stanley with technology to create podcasts about their flat adventures.
Poetry Alive! Interpreting Poetry Using Digital Images 9 to 12
A team of English students will take the role of a production company and will create a 4-5 minute film using the digital image as a medium for interpreting students’ original poems. Three classes will be working together in order to complete this project: Creative Writing, English, and The Actor’s Studio.
Political Campaign Commercial Project 9 to 12
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Standards 6d. The student will demonstrate knowledge of State and Local elections by analyzing the influence of mass media and campaign advertisements and public opinion polls. Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to political advertisements and help them understand how those advertisements influence the issues and candidates in campaigns.
Preserving Living Legacies 9 to 12
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This is an oral history lesson which engages students to research a top of United States History as related to the actual life experience of a senior member of our town community. Students will research, prepare interview questions, interview a senior, videotape their interview, and publish their findings in book form.
Reenacting Shakespeare 9 to 12
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Students analyze scenes from Romeo and Juliet and recreate scenes through modern skits.
S.C.A.N.M.E. P-K to 12
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Students Creating A New Method of Evaluation
Science Safety Bots 2 to 5
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Students will create a bot using Cubelets and Legos to demonstrate a Science Lab classroom safety rule. They will then create an action card so others can recreate the bot while assigned to Cubelets station as a free choice activity on Robotic Day (scheduled robotics days at end of each science unit).
Self-Portrait 6 to 7
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For students in middle school, the self-portrait is timely, as it is during these years, between the ages of 11-14, that young people are immersed in “the self”-exploring identity, finding his or her place in the world, building perception of self in relation to others. In the lesson plan, students delve into these artistic qualities as they first explore famous artists’ portraits, which grounds them in a range of styles and art history, all of which students reflect on as they design their self-portraits, which they will create using Photoshop using both the standard desktop computer and the WACOM tablet to compare/contrast the impact of the different technologies on the design process and final product.
Silent Films with a Flip Cam 4 to 12
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Students will analyze a variety of silent films, the roles and responsibilities of film careers and work together to create a film that demonstrates the basic storytelling concepts of conflict and resolution.
Solar System Planet Research Project 3 to 5
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Students will study the solar system through a variety of collaborative research based activities, culminating in a Google Slide presentation and a "Scratch Jnr." coding planet commercial.
Speaking Our Truths: Podcasts as Relevant Research 10 to 12
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Students are creating informational podcasts as an alternative to a traditional research project. Students will be able to show mastery of the skills required to do a traditional research paper but in a way that is relevant to their lives.
Statistics Newscast in Math Class 6 to 8
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This lesson incorporates video for students to create videos about the statistics data and sports information that have been analyzing.
Target the Question! Daily Math Problem Solving (Smartboard) 1 to 5
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Students utilize Smartboard software daily to experience, plan, strategize, communicate & evaluate applied math problem solving. Through integrated technology, students develop flexible & efficient math problem solving skills and make connections to their everyday world.
Technolgy and Thematic Lessons in Literature 9 to 12
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Students will use the Flip VideoT cameras to record their book reviews and Socratic Circle discussion groups while analyzing the thematic lessons of their books and how they apply to real-wolrd isssues. These videos will then be linked by the students to the Media Center online web site for school-wide viewing.
The Algebra of Angry Birds© 6 to 8
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Angry Birds is a popular application (app) that features birds that are launched from a slingshot at green pigs. Students will explore algebraic and physics content that is embedded in the game.
The Secret Stairway 3 to 5
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This is a lesson that continues work on the recorder by providing music projection to allow hand-free music reading, composing opportunities and interactive music collaboration.
Third Grade Fractions with iPad 2 to 6
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Third graders will work to understand and identify fractions, equivalent fractions, compare fractions, order fractions, and add fractions with like denominators using a variety of applications on the iPad.
Underground Railroad 4 to 6
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This project is to enhance the learning in the classroom by researching information on a variety of topics and creating a tri fold with the computer teacher, learnign a song and the meaning of it with the music teacher, and creating art with the art teacehr . In addition to the art and music pieces, the research will be used in a tri fold (which is a technology goal for this grade).
Using Flip Video to Identify and Analyze Figurative Language 6 to 8
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Students will be divided into collaborative groups of 2 or 3. They will be assigned a type of figurative language which they will need to define and provide a dramatic interpretation using that type of figurative language on video.
Video Book Trailer 6 to 10
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Students will encourage independent reading by creating a video book trailer as a book report.
View, Review, & Replicate: Using Graphics and Humor for Vocabulary Acquisition 9 to 12
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Students will recognize and review frequently tested ACT/SAT vocabulary words through the use of word/ graphic associations and humorous content videos.
Waste Water Research 9 to 12
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Students will engage in a year long study of the impacts of waste water and its impacts on the local community and the Hudson River. Students will evaluate the impacts that various green technology can have on improving the quality of runoff waste water.
Where and When Was That? 6 to 8
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Students will utilize Google Applications to apply what they have learned about the civilizations of Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Rome. Students will gain more knowledge on the geography of these areas in Ancient Times.
Written in Bones 6 to 8
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Students will read literary and informational texts about the stories of our past to understand how different texts offer unique historical perspectives and how authors sometimes alter details of history to serve a purpose. Students will express their understanding by corroborating details of the past, deciphering an author’s purpose, and writing their own fictionalized version of a historical account.
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