TopicQuest Lesson Plan

Name: Natasha Copeland     
School/Mentor Teacher:S.L. Mason/Bahnsen
Grade Level:Kindergarten
Subject Areas:
Language Arts, Technology Integration & Art
Date Taught:
Total Duration of Lesson:
45 minutes

Title of Lesson:
Nursery Rhyme Booker

Primary Learning Outcome (PLO):
The primary learning outcomes to be achieved with this lesson include:
A. With teacher guidance students will be able to use the computer to research information on the Internet.

Assessed QCC:
A. Grade: K
Subject Area: Technology Integration
Strand: Research
10 Topic: Research
Standard: Uses basic research techniques with teacher guidance.

Materials and Equipment:
1. Paper for drawing
2. Crayons
3. Pencil & paper (to make notes for lesson plan assessment and reflections)
4. Modification of a  lesson developed by Dr. Diane L. Judd

Technology Connection:
Technologies that will be used in this lesson include:

Step One: Introduction
Have a small group of students go to a computer.  List 2 or more questions that introduce students to topic of nursery rhymes that establish a connection to students' prior knowledge by asking them: "Have you ever  read a book that had nursery rhymes ?"  "Can you tell me one of your favorite nursery rhymes.?"   Today we are going to learn about nursery rhymes by visiting websites on the Internet and we will do a fun activity to learn more about nursery rhymes. (Give explanation of importance of lesson to students' lives today or in the future.)  I have made a special nursery rhyme page for your class.  (During discussion have students turn around away from the computer to interact.)

Estimated Time for Step One:
5 minutes

Step Two Teaching the Primary Learning Outcomes:
(Have students sit at the computer where they can control the mouse and computer.)  (Explain to students the process of the lesson.)  After we visit several websites about nursery rhymes then you will pretend to be a nursery rhyme book maker for a nursery rhyme company, and draw the three step pictures for one nursery rhyme.

Check for understanding
Have students explore and discuss the information in each of 3 or 4 pre-selected websites.  Ask students guiding questions about the important concepts in each of the visited websites.  (Save "Sequential Order" web site to use in Mission Project.)  List three or more questions.
What things did Old Mac Donald have on this farm?
What will break in London Bridges is Falling Down?
3.Which two directions did we learn about in Little Sally Walker?

Practice and feedback related to the PLO
Read mission project to students.  Explain to student that they are going to be book makers for their class.  Discuss sequential order, and show them an example of  how to make a book in sequential order. Tell the students that the information that they will need to complete their mission project is listed and connected in the  mission activity.  Visit web site for information for mission project, "Sequential Order."  Discuss the information in the linked web site in the mission activity with the students to emphasize interesting and important information students will need to complete mission project.

(Students will write (or dictate to teacher) information about their drawings for the mission project.  While students are completing mission project, teacher will observe students and give assistance when needed.)

Scenario Mission
Imagine that you are a book maker for a popular nursery rhyme company. This company is making a special three step nursery rhyme book.  Your job is to draw the three step pictures for one nursery rhyme. You can visit the sequential order web site to help you choose a nursery rhyme.
Mission Steps
1.) Visit the web site Sequential Order.
2.) Choose a nursery rhyme.
3.) Draw the three step pictures about the nursery rhyme you selected.
4.)Give them to the teacher and to publish them on the Internet.

Lesson Plan for Teachers
Estimated Time for Step Two:
35 minutes

Step Three
Have students discuss their mission project of putting their pictures in sequential order and information they found on the Internet about nursery rhymes.  Tell students that your topicquest page is on the Internet and they can visit the web site at school or home to learn more about nursery rhymes.  Explain to students that you are going to put their  pictures on the Internet and they will be able to share their mission projects with their friends and family.  (If possible teacher should take brief notes during the lesson and concluding discussions to be added later to the assessment and reflections in lesson plan.)

Estimated Time for Step Three:
5 minutes

A. Technology Integration K-10
Student will be assessed through the use of the computer with teacher guidance to do research and find information for the mission project.
Satisfactory: Student is able to use the computer with teacher guidance to do research and find information for the mission project.
Unsatisfactory: Student is not able to use the computer with teacher guidance to do research and find information for the mission project.

Links for Accommodations for Special Students
1. Select one of your students that needs special attention.  Describe the student in your class with special needs. (Do not use the student's real name.  You could refer to the student as "the special student.")  My special need student is developmentally delayed in language skills. The child has the tendency to respond to question inappropriately. The child has trouble comprehending  instructions.

2. List the specific URL address of one Internet resource web site, where you found information to assist you to work with your special needs student. Information for assisting special students:  Links for Accommodations for Special Students or you can do a search.

3. Explain what you would add to this lesson plan to accommodate your special student?  In this lesson I would stand by her to watch her work.  I would guide her more with putting the book into sequential order.  I would give suggestions for her, while she is drawing her pictures.

Reflections: (For Electronic Portfolio under Standard #1 Knowledge of Subject Matter)
1. a. Describe and give examples of how your TopicQuest lesson created learning experiences and activities that makes subject matter meaningful for students.
    They were able to learn many uses for nursery rhymes.  They also learned how to put their favorite nursery rhyme in sequential order.

    b. Describe and give examples of how your TopicQuest lesson illustrated your understanding of content and tools of inquiry.
        I was able find age-appropriate Internet sites, and with those websites  teach the kids how to put pictures in sequentil order.

    c. Describe and give examples of how students were engaged in learning and responded during your lesson.
    The students visits ten web sites about nursery rhymes,  and answered many of my questions from the nursery rhyme.

  2. Describe and give examples of how the students achieved the assessment of your lesson. Give the achievement level (satisfactory or unsatisfactory) for each assessment for each of your students.
    A. Technology Integration:
        Student One: Satisfactory: She was able to draw the three pictures that told her nursery rhyme in sequential order.
        Student Two: Satisfactory: He was able to draw his three pictures in sequential order of his nursery rhyme.

3. Describe what you would do differently and why if you taught this lesson again.

    If I thought this lesson again I would be more detailed about the different web sites.  I would ask them a couple more questions about the websites. 

Elementary Students' TopicQuest Projects

Example of TopicQuest Scanned Pictures & Comments

Topic Example by Natasha Copeland

This is the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill.
She likes this nursery rhyme because she says it is funny.
This is the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.  He likes it because it was funny when he felled.