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Don't Let Computers Bug You

Martha Todd
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Students use the computer, an Internet encyclopedia, and word processing program to write a paragraph about a bug.

Objectives

The student uses electronic technology to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information (including but not limited to word-processing software, electronic encyclopedias).

The student uses electronic technology to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information (including but not limited to word-processing software, electronic encyclopedias).

The student uses electronic technology (including but not limited to word-processing software, electronic encyclopedias) to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

Materials

-Computer with word processing software and the Internet.
-Student copies of the Bug Report Worksheet (see file)
-Student copies of the assessment checklist (see file)

Preparations

1. Make sure that computers are set up, with a word processing program available, and with the Internet pulled up on the screen.
2. Decide how to assign bugs to research (let them choose, or teacher chooses.)
3. Be sure that all students have signed Internet permission forms.
4. Run one copy of the Bug Report Worksheet and Assessment Checklist one per student. (see file)

Procedures

1. Discuss how research has changed over the years. Explain the advantages of an online encyclopedia and search engines (accessability and current information).

2. Students select an insect to research, or teacher can assign them. (See extensions to get a list of insects available.)

3. Pass out the Bug Report Worksheet and Assessment Checklist (see file). Help students complete the “before” portion of the assessment checklist.

4. Discuss the plan for writing paragraphs about bugs using an online encyclopedia or Internet site.

5. Allow students time on the Internet (30 min. each). Students print the articles on their insects. (Directions on the Bug Report Worksheet)

6. Students use the printed article to complete the Bug Report Worksheet. Remind students that information must be written in their own words.

7. Allow students time on the computer to use a word processing program to type their paragraphs. (Review how to spell-check and save if needed.)

8. Students print their paragraphs, attach the worksheet, article, and assessment checklist. Students complete the “after” part of the assessment, and turn in all pages.

9. Check the work and assessment sheet for adequate progress.

Assessments

Assessment will be a formative assessment consisting of a before and after checklist completed by the student.

Web Links

Site includes lots of pictures and information for research and is appropriate for this grade level.
Y.E.S. Minibeast World

Attached Files

This file is the Bug Report Worksheet and an Assessment Checklist.     File Extension: pdf

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