HELEN KELLER
Topic Page Assignment
Helen Keller
2nd grade
 

Table of Contents
Rationale
Web Sites for Grades K-2
Web Sites for Grades 3-5
  Activity I Helen Keller Uses Braille 2nd-3rd grade
Activity 2 Let's Make a Timeline 4th-5th grade
 Software Reviews
Links to Other Pages

Who is HELEN KELLER?

Rationale
Helen Keller's life story is amazing for people of any age to hear.  Helen Keller is a valuable person to american history and all students should be exposed to her. 

Websites for grades k-2

Games to use with Braille - This site will translate names and other words from written prose to braille. This site also has a game that has riddles and the answer is given in braille, but you have to figure out what the answer is.

Some fun facts about being blind and a Braille key  - This site tells about some of the medias that blind people use in everyday life. There is also a braile key for letters and numbers, and a braile translator that will translate anything that is typed.

Helen Keller Kids Museum
  -  This website has a timeline of Helen's life and also includes some fun facts about her.

Websites for grades 3-5

Questions and Answers about the blind - This website has some very interesting questions about blindness that were asked by children. The questions are pretty basic and some of them are very interesting things that would only be asked by a child.

A biography of Helen Keller - This website tells all about Helen Keller's life and also has an archival collection.

A book about Helen Keller, reading level ages 9-12 - This book is a chapter book that can be used in a second or third grade class to learn about Helen Keller. This book can be used as a group reading assignment or can be read by individuals as an extension assignment.

A good list of quotes from Helen Keller - This website offers some encouraging and intelligent quotes from Helen Keller.

The Helen Keller Festival - This is the official website of the Helen Keller festival. This could just be used as a fun fact about Helen Keller or be used as an extension activity.

Lesson Activity 1                                                  

Helen Keller uses Braille to read

A lesson plan for second or third grade
    This lesson allows students to learn what braille is and use it first hand. This activity is most age appropriate for a second or third grade students and intergrates technology with language arts. Students will go to the page with questions and answers about the blind and read what braille is and how blind people use braille. Then students will go to the games website and write a message to a friend and have it translated into braille, students will then write the message in braile on paper and swap messages with their friend and translate the letter that was wrote to them.

Quality Core Curriculum Standards
Technology Intergration
A.   5. Topic: Basic Skills
         Standard: Operates basic technology tools and aplications
Language Arts
B. 18. Topic: Reading
          Standard: Reads a variety of materials for information and for pleasure.   
C. 58. Topic: Reference/Study
          Standard: Uses the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure.

Technology Used

   Students will visit the questions and answers about the blind webpage and read about braille and how blind people use braille. Students can read more of the questions as many of the questions would really spark their interest. Once students have read about braille and have a good understanding of how it is used they will move on to the next part of the activity.

    Students go to the games website and then go to the secret message link on the site. The secret message allows the students to type in a message and see it in braille. Students can play with this for a while decoding their onw names and others and coming up with a braille mesage to send to a friend.


Are you ready to use braille?

Step 1: Students listen to the instructions for the activity. Make sure students are aware of appropriate behaviors required to perform this activity. Explain that this can be a very fun activity but students need to be on their best behavior.
Step 2: Tell students a little about braille, and since this would be used as a good follow up activity for learning about Helen Keller make sure that you discuss Helen Keller and some of the things that the students ahve previously learned about her and the way she communicates.
Step 3: Have students visit the questions and answers website and read about braille and some of the other interesting facts about people who are blind.
Step 4: Review with students before you move on to the next step and make sure everyone has a good idea of what braille is and how it is used.
Step 5: Have students visit the website that translates messages into braille. First have them decode their names and a friend's name and then have them write a message on paper in braille to a friend. Whent he student's exchange messages have them decode it into standard wirting.
Step 6: Have students turn in the messages that tehy decoded with their names on it and use this material as assessment of the studnt's learning.

Lesson activity 2

Timeline of Helen Keller's Life
A  lesson plan for 4th-5th grade.
This lesson allows students to learn in depth about Helen Keller's life. Students should have already read or learned about Helen Keller prior to this lesson which will allow this to be a great review, but if students have not previously learned about Helen Keller than this lesson is a great introduction to Helen Keller. This lesson is most age appropriate for 4th-5th grade students, and integrates language Arts and Social Studies. Students will visit the Helen Keller Kids Museum webpage and read about Helen's life from her childhood to her career and her eventual death. Students will also visit the biography page to make sure that they didn't miss any important information about Helen's life.

Quality Core Curriculum Standards
Social Studies
A. 32 Topic: Information Processing
          Standard: Arranges time-related events into chronological order, using timelines when feasible.
Language Arts
B. 16 Topic: Reading
          Standard: Reads a variety of materials for information and pleasure.
C. 58. Topic: Reference/Study
          Standard: Uses the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure.

Technology Used

Students will visit the Helen Keller Kids Museum and read about Helen Keller's life. Students should record all important events that occured in her life and the date that the event occured. Students are to record the event in microsoft word. Once students have read over this page they should visit the biography page just to ensure that they are not missing any important details of her life.

Lets make a timeline

Step 1: Students listen to the instructions for the activity. Make sure students are aware of appropriate behaviors required to perform this activity. Explain that this can be a very fun activity but students       need to be on their best behavior.
Step 2: Students open microsoft word and also internet explorer and visit the Helen Keller Kids Museum.
Step 3: Students read over the page and record all important occurances of Helen Keller's life and the dates in Microsoft word.
Step 4: Once the students have gathered all the important information from the museum website they then visit the Helen Keller biography page and do the same.
Step 5: After pulling all of the information together, students create a timeline with pencil and paper. The timeline should begin with Helen's birthdate and include all important events labeled with the year all the way up to Helen's death.
Step 6: Assessment of student learning is based on the timelines that they create.



                    Software
                   Reviews
1. Timeliner 5.0 - Published by  Tom Snyder productions, a Scholastic company.
    This program is used to make timelines. Students just have to choose the format of time and insert the     data. The timelines can be daily or can be as broad as centuries. The timelines can also be as                     general as 1861 or specific to the minute as 4:52 p.m., March 5, 1861. This program is very user                     friendly and can be very fun for  students to use with a Social Studies extension. I did not find any         problems using this program and I definitely reccomend it's use in the classroom anytime when             timelines are being used.

2. Sucess Maker - Published by Pearson Digital Learning.
    Success Maker is a program that offers a variety of educational practice. It can be used for reading and math use. Their are many games and lessons that students can do with Succes Maker. The way the software works is the students go through a lesson and perform all of the activities in the lesson and then they do a final assessment for the lesson. I found Success Maker to be very user friendly and I hope that when I get into my own classroom that I will be able to have this program. The program has lessons appropriate for all reading and math levels and once students have mastered one level they get to move up to the next. The only thing that I didn't like about the program is that at my school the students are required to use Success Maker for a certain amount of time each day and this continues throughout all elementary grades. I found that a lot of the students are burnt out with using the program and would prefer something different.

3. The Graph Club 2.0 - Publisher: Tom Snyder Productions, a Scholastic company.
    The Graph Club is a program that allows students to make graphs. All that the students have to do is     choose what type of graph that they want to use and insert the data. The program is user friendly and     has a tutorial to go along with it that students can listen to with headphones. I didn't find any faults         in the software and would reccomend use of it with a math lesson over graphs.

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