Here is my 6th grade research paper UbD unit: http://youtu.be/8pmCYV3U9ec
Thanks for sharing your research project. I like the fact your teaching them about finding reliable information, such an importnat thing to learn for thier own future. I like the exit ticket idea.
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Thank you so much for teaching 6th graders research techniques!! As a high school English teacher it does my heart good to see students being taught at an early age, correct research skills. I especially liked your "essential questions" to help students make sure they are communicating effectively.
Erika, I am amazed at all the variety of technology you will have your students use. I particularly liked that you will use Google Docs for peer reviews and weekly blogs. It looks like you've created a well formated unit- I hope it goes successfully.
How did I not know that you were in this class with me! Great job on the presentation. Tell your husband that I said hi. We miss you guys.
My UbD unit plan with technology tool integration.
Hi Orrin, I liked your UbD topic. It seems more in line with your occupation and the job you do in training others. Your work with adults is so much different than mine with second graders yet the UbD planning process works well for both. Thank you for sharing Orrin. ☺
Orrin your unit is unique and I find it interesting for use through career and technical education at higher grade level. It is also a position and important unit for student learning.
I love that you are taking the time to teach "safety" on the computer. Too many times it is just an afterthought rather than being the proactive activity you are suggesting. I like your essential questions since many times students don't understand the "whys" of computer safety and you address them. I appreciated your 5 tasks under "Performance Tasks" that give a scenario to students.
I also found your unit to be a great topic. The skills you address are also important ones that we as elementary, middle and high school teachers should be addressing. Thanks for sharing.
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Here is my UbD on Algebra for the Elementary student
I just tried to view your video and it is listed as "private". Can you make it public? I'd like to see it! :)
Thanks to everyone who tried to read my UbD website and couldn't get on. My setting is reset to "unlisted" and it should go!
It is still showing as "Private" when I try to view it. Hm. Wonder if, when you changed the setting, you clicked "Save"?
I reaally enjoyed you UbD unit. Math and technology do work well together. Thanks
You did a great job outline the goals and being explicit about the NCTM standard. I liked the videos that you shared and thought them pertinent to your unit.
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As a math teacher, I appreciate that you found NCTM standards to guide you in the project. It's good you are going from "hands on" to "symbolic". It makes math so much more understandable to children.
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If you are interested, you may access the unit in PDF under Week 8 forum.
I enjoyed your presentation. I especially liked the Voice Thread assignment sample you created as a hook and model. That will get your students' attention for sure!
Thanks for sharing your presentation!
I love your topic!! Reading is my passion and I am always hoping my students will come to love reading as I do. You choose a number of technology platforms for students to share what they have read. Have you used Glogster or the museum boxes before? I checked out the Literacy Shed. I had never heard of it. I saw a very clever video with writing prompt ideas. Thank you for sharing!
I enjoyed your Ubd. I also used the museumbox idea in my own unit. I found thsi to be a terrific and fun idea to use with a social studies unit. The voice thread was pretty cool to see too.
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I appreciate that you are asking students to come up with an argument to show their book is "worthy" of making a movie. It encourages students to "do their homework" and know their book and its qualities in order to convince. And by doing a multi-media presentation, it really makes the project fun for the kids. I also love concept mapping and how you used it for character development. It is also a great idea to incorporate computer safety as well.
I loved your unit idea! What a fun and exciting way to do book reviews! I like that you give them a choice of which technology to do their presentation on. I think I would encourage them to try one they hadn't used before.
Here is the link to my UbD Unit on Text Features for Second Grade: http://youtu.be/uY0h6KwHANI. If you want to see my UbD Word document it is located in the Week Eight forum. Thank you!
Your project was unique, loved the intro music as it walked you through the unit of text features.
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A couple of things: I liked that your learning events were detailed on a day-to-day basis so anyone could step into your class and teach the unit. I also liked that you are reading and pointing out text features on day one. An example on the first day is an excellent way for students to understand exactly what you want them to do and...it answers student questions before they even come up. I enjoyed watching the "snippets" of you talking to the camera. It gave me a good idea as to how you talk to your students. Your facial expressions and animation in your voice tell me that you must be a great elementary teacher and are able to hold your student's attention.
Your unit presentation was creative. I like how you had background music as well as times when you talked. I liked the sample you used of sharing titles using the penguin book. I think that making scripts are a great way to keep students engaged. I also liked that the rubrics are for the student, peer and teacher to check.
Here is my Ubd kindergarten unit-This is Me!
Very grade level appropriate and culturally relevant. Love it! Using Skype and focusing on verbal communication was fantastic. Great use of checklists and self-evaluation tools (☺/☹). I love the compare/contrast aspects between the cultures and think your book project at the end will be a book students will want to revisit all year. Do you already have a Skype partner arranged in Hawaii? Great job Sara!
I love your unit! What a terrific idea to engage students in cultural studies comparing and contrasting them from Alaska and Hawaii. I personally love Skye. Great idea:)
I love students doing comparison and contrast. It's such a great skill for them to develop...especially using drawing AND verbal expression. I also like the use of teaching across the curriculum by incorporating several subject areas in your project. Great idea to communicate with Hawaii and have students learn from Hawaiian students.
Here is my UbD Unit Plan: Math - Surveys & Graphs
I think your middle school students will love creating and taking surveys with Survey Monkey. Very clever! I wouldn’t know where to start in creating a survey using Survey Monkey but I am sure your students will learn how to do it very quickly. Transferring the data to graphs using Microsoft is a fabulous follow up to visually see and interpret the data they collect. Your student checklist was great and it looks like you have graphic organizers to support students through the process of posing survey questions. ☺ Thanks for sharing Monica.
Your Ubd unit is a good one. It makes meaning in math for them. I like surveymonkey too it is good way to do surveys.
Being able to "get" data and then being able to understand it to display it is an excellent skill to learn. I also like that you helped students realize that sometimes data is "tweaked" and can't always be believed. Great idea using the checklist. Oftentimes students (and myself) need to see accomplishments and what still needs to be done. Under "analyze data" you have kids ask themselves questions...great questions to make them reflect on what they did
12th grade research paper project Stages 1-3
I like the way you chose a project that you already do and worked through the UbD process with it and then added technology. I just wrote a 10-page essay for EDRE671 and I probably would have benefited from taking your high school research paper unit! Actually I did fine but it had been soooooooo long since I had to write anything like that and I was in a panic. ☺ Great job teaching your students to work through the process in baby steps. Love your hook by building a scenario that students will have fun with. The technology piece was a great addition to your unit. Using Google Docs and Screencastomatic will both be valuable feedback tools. Love it Gary!
This is a great idea and important too. I wish my high school teacher would have done more of this with me; college writing would have been less arduous. Purdue owl is a great site for college use. This is a great unit. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Laura, I wasn't able to watch your vodcast because it was listed as private. Can you change that to unlisted please? Thanks!
Question everything!! I totally agree. Everyone seems to love a mystery and especially a UFO mystery. Great topic. Survey Monkey is a great survey tool for students to learn to use. Great "deathbed confessions" hook to use. Taking responsibility for their own learning is an awesome technique that kids fight against. Great way to encourage that responsibility.
Here is my 3rd grade UbD unit on the Mat-Su Settlers.
Your UbD was so perfectly aligned and thought out with your social studies curriculum and there is a lot of reading and writing incorporated into your unit also. You even have science plugged in with the planting of “crops” that were planted back in the day. ☺ Kelly mentioned using Museum Box also so I went to check it out and registered so that I can explore it a bit more. I haven’t heard back from them yet regarding my registration but look forward to checking that out. I really enjoyed your project Tracy.
I love units that deal with the "real-life" experiences of the students such as where they live. Your written reflection is an awesome assignment for students. Anytime students are required to really think, reflect, and write is a great way for students to "get it" in the lesson. Online sketching is a great idea for map creation...I wondered how they would do the maps you suggested early on. Is the online virtual field trip already created, or is it something you have put together? I love using Wordle for the art project.
So, this is what I observe you doing:
writing, artwork, viewing videos, field trips, actually growing plants, etc., etc. This is a perfect way for ALL students to be involved and effectively meet each learning style...I wish I was in third grade again : )
Thanks for showing "museumbox". Never heard of it, but will have to explore.
Here is my UbD unit. It's designed for any grade. :)
Sorry everybody, I originally put up the link to the video manager screen for the video. Use this link instead please. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgCjXMIWfvI Thank you!
I liked that you are involving the students by having them write bills and proposals to get an idea of real life "workings". I also liked the detail in stage #2. Whenever you allow students to "pretend" they are in a certain situation makes the learning more fun as well as significant to their lives. It's kind of like living in a "reality show" : ) In stage 3 I appreciated that you have a day to day lesson plan to give you (and anyone else) a good idea of what happens each day and how long the project will last. Finally, I enjoyed seeing the extensive use of technology. Students seem to really enjoy assignments more when they can explore online and communicate with the teacher and each other via internet. Enjoyed the lesson.
I enjoyed your unit on Government. It is truly a meaningful unit, where the students can actually see how Congress works. By the way Brainpop is great, I have used it alot.
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I always like lessons that are "real-life" such as your life-cycle unit...especially of salmon since it is so "close to home" for students. I really like the idea of getting actual salmon eggs and incubating them and seeing how the hatching, etc. works for the students. I like that you use Youtube videos so students can observe salmon life-cycles. Stop motion videos sounds really good. I liked seeing it in action...thanks for showing it in your presentation.
Awesome job Sara! I love the hands-on learning going on with the real salmon eggs:-)
Your lesson was fun, I love science! I thought the stop motion video was an excellent idea to incorporate with your unit. Thanks for sharing!
2nd Grade Understanding by Design Digital Storytelling or Storybook Lesson Plan July 2012
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I loved your UbD unit. I think this is so versitile for use with many differnet grades. I think the kids would find writing to be fun and engaing. I would love to try using your unit. Thanks!
What a great idea! I agree that you could adapt your unit to work for may grade levels. I'd like to try it out with my kindergarteners near the end of the year.
great job Dawn! I love seeing digital stories, and I love that you are using xtranormal. I think students really get into it.
Digital Storybook? What a fun way to put a book together and encourage writing. I like your "student self-assessment checklist". It is always helpful when students can check things off when they are completed to give them the feeling of accomplishing their work...and it helps them to break the assignment into smaller "chunks". Great to show previous student's work to give the kids great instructions as to how to complete the project.
Here's my Unit Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeTlDN9nY8A
I enjoyed looking at your unit on spreadsheets. What a terrific idea to have kindergarteners anayzing information and putting that information into spreadsheets. I would love to see the outcomes of this unit when put into action. Thanks!
Great job Laurie! I love your idea of using spreadsheets with kindergarteners, and using it with data. Thanks!
Being able to collect, analyze, and evaluate data seems like a daunting task for a kindergartener...especially with pencil and paper. Using technology seems like it would not only make it easier, but more fun as well. I agree that more than 3 days will be needed for this unit...but then again, maybe kindergarteners are quicker than I think. Great use of a storybook to get the discussions about data.
After creating this unit and making this video, I also ran into some articles on virtual manipulatives - basically, 3D models on the computer.
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I agree. It would be hard to do this unit on numbers using technology. But it's great that you are really thinking about using the Smartboard and ipad connected to your Mac for some options. The zoo project sounds like it would be fun for first graders. Will you use any type of technology or software for this activity?
Great topic for a unit. Recording their speech? Scary, but a great way for kids to hear what they are saying, and how they are saying it. I like your criteria with the icons to circle. Since this is done daily and throughout the year, how much time will you spend each day on this unit?
I hope to incorpoate this into my reading center time each day. Hopefully if I am able to have 10 iPads in my classroom, it won't take longer then 20 minutes each day once we have a routine down.
I like the idea of using the iPad to help assess students reading levels. They self assessment is a terrific tool is wonderful to incorporate into this routine. Love it!
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I am such an advocate of senior projects and love to see them done on topics that are really relevant to their futures. I am amazed at the technology that students will be using in their PLN. Great that you have such high standards for your students.
Pamala's unit (just in case!)
I love using Wordle. Kids really enjoy making cool and powerful "works". Great idea to use SkyDrive so students and teachers can access info anywhere. No more "I forgot my homework" excuses : )
Thanks for sharing "LiveBinders". I have never heard of it, but it looks like it could be a good student tool for students to keep track of things they find on the web.
Here is the link to my video.
Thanks for all your help and have a great summer!
Great ideas to help students with the HSGQE. Engaging students in technology makes a somewhat "drab" method a more interesting and involved way of helping students. Good to use the HSGQE rubric so students know what they are "up against" on the exam. I also like that you have students be test evaluators so they have an idea of how the whole test works...which, like you said, makes them more comfortable in the testing room. Using Creencast-o-matic seems like it would work really well for what you are doing as far as commenting on student work, etc.
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