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Learning Exercise

Submitted by: Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D. on Mar 07, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jul 05, 2005
Title: Language Arts and Science with NASA: Hurricanes
Description: This lesson has students making observations, typing rough drafts, and organizing their thoughts.
Type of Task: Supplemental activity, Team
Time Required 2 weeks
Topics: Science, Language Arts, and Technology
Course: 1st Grade
Audience: Grade School
Prerequisites Skills: Should be able to sound out words and work with peers. Eliminate the tech element if you need to.
Learning Objectives: 1. Students will draw their observations.
2. Students will type rough drafts with Word.
3. Students will organize thoughts into paragraphs.
Text of Learning Exercise: Grade Level: First Grade

Lesson Title: Discovering Hurricanes

Objectives: 1. Students will draw their observations.
2. Students will type rough drafts with Word.
3. Students will organize thoughts into paragraphs.

CDE Science: Investigation and Experimentation 4. Scientific progress is made
by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis
for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three
strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.
4a: Draw pictures that portray some features of the thing being described. 4b:
Record observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements.

CDE Language Arts: 1.0 Writing Strategies: Students write clear and coherent
sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Their writing shows they
consider the audience and purpose. Students progress through the stages of the
writing process (e.g., prewriting, drafting, revising, editing successive
versions). Organization and Focus: 1.1 Select a focus when writing. 1.2: Use
descriptive words when writing. Penmanship: 1.3: Print legibly and space
letters, words, and sentences appropriately.

NETS: #1: Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output
devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs,
audiotapes, and other technologies. #5: Work cooperatively and collaboratively
with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.
#6: Demonstrate positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology. #7:
Practice responsible use of technology systems and software.


Anticipatory Set: Students will visit site at

Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. Facilitate discussion. 2. Instruct as an art and
writing/typing project. 3. Assess as needed to drive instruction. 4. Monitor the
use of the Internet. 5. Employ the use of graphic organizers. 6. Teach the tech
side (Word).

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Vigorously question the instructor. 2. Use the
Internet in a responsible manner. 3. Write down observations in science journal.
4. Work collaboratively with peers. 5. Create and share drawings. 6. Create
Word Document.

Assessment: Informal as needed with observations by teacher during class time.
Formal with the effort and achievement rubric. Final presentation will be judged
according to E/A rubric.
Copyright 2004 Troy Tenhet Jr.
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