Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA: MICROBES IN THE WATER!

This is a lesson on Microbes that exist in the water. It has students working together and using the Internet with the direct help of the teacher and any parent helpers.
Course: Kindergarten
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Exercise

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Lesson Title: Microbes in the Water!

Objectives:
1. Students will learn that Microbes are living creatures.
2. Students will successfully compare different Microbes.
3. Students will use the Internet to conduct research.
4. Students will work and share in collaboration.

CDE Science: Life Sciences 2a: a. Students know how to observe and describe
similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and
animals (e.g., seed-bearing plants, birds, fish, insects). Life Sciences 2c:
Students know how to identify major structures of common plants and animals
(e.g., stems, leaves, roots, arms, wings, legs). Investigation and
Experimentation 4e: Communicate observations orally and through drawings.

CDE Language Arts: Listening and Speaking 1.1 Understand and follow one-and
two-step oral directions.1.2 Share information and ideas, speaking audibly in
complete, coherent sentences. 2.1 Describe people, places, things (e.g., size,
color, shape), locations, and actions. Reading Comprehension 2.2: Use pictures
and context to make predictions about story content. 2.3: Connect to life
experiences the information and events in texts.

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. #2: Use a variety of media and technology
resources for directed and independent learning activities. #5: Work
cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when
using technology in the classroom.

Website: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/zoo/zwmain.html

Anticipatory Set: Students will visit
http://www.microbe.org/microbes/what_is.asp

Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. Facilitate small group discussions. 2. Monitor
research on the Internet. 3. Encourage peer-peer collaboration. 4. Assess as
needed.

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Observe and collect data about the microbes in a
journal. 2. Communicate observations. 3. Research Microbes on the Internet.

Assessment: Informal as according to the oral language conventions. Formal as
according to the Effort/Achievement Rubric.

Copyright 2004 Troy Tenhet Jr.

Audience

Technical Notes

LCD PROJECTOR AND LIVE INTERNET A MUST!

Requirements

Some reading could help. Should understand the concept of the Internet. Should be able to work collaboratively.

Topics

Science, Language Arts, and Technology

Learning Objectives

1. Students will learn that Microbes are living creatures.
2. Students will successfully compare different Microbes.
3. Students will use the Internet to conduct research.
4. Students will work and share in collaboration.