Teacher Guide for a "Unit of Practice" Project

Making A Difference

By Mary Limbach
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"Why are some people considered heros?"


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Standards and Learning Objectives

Kenosha Unified School District Academic Content Standards
Language Arts/English
Grade 2
ELA.2.1. Applies reading strategies to gain information and understanding.
ELA.2.1.B. Uses reference materials.
ELA.2.3. Applies knowledge of grammar, usage and other writing conventions to ensure reader's
ELA.2.3.A. Writes complete sentences.
ELA.2.3.B. Uses the computer to create a final written product.
ELA.2.5. Applies writing strategies to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
ELA.2.5.H. Writes reports (e.g., using simple facts).
ELA.2.5.I. Uses technology as a tool to develop writing.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.2.6. Uses listening and viewing strategies in a variety of situations to gain information and
ELA.2.6.A. Uses appropriate listening etiquette (e.g., posture, eye contact with speaker).
ELA.2.6.C. Follows multiple-step oral directions.
ELA.2.7. Demonstrates speaking skills to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
ELA.2.7.C. Contributes to group and class discussions.
Social Studies
Grade 2
Behavioral Sciences
SS.2.6. Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.
SS.2.6.A. Understands that the groups to which a person belongs influence in varying degrees how she or he thinks and acts.
SS.2.7. Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of group membership, and different ways that groups function.
SS.2.7.A. Knows that people belong to some groups because they are born into them and to some groups because they join them.
Information Literacy
Grade 2
Information Seeking
IL.2.1. Knows how to define the problem and identify the information need.
IL.2.1.A. Uses Library Media Center resources to answer questions and gather information.
IL.2.2. Knows how to use a formal information seeking process.
IL.2.2.C. Understands that information exists in a variety of formats (e.g., audio, visual, electronic).
IL.2.3. Knows how to locate sources and find information within those sources.
IL.2.3.E. Uses print and electronic resources.
IL.2.3.F. Knows that the Internet is a source of information and means of communication.
Evaluate and Interpret
IL.2.5. Knows how to record, organize and interpret selected information.
IL.2.5.A. Uses information to answer a question or inquiry.
Instructional Technology
Grade K-2
Basic Operation and Concepts
IT.K-2.1. Demonstrates knowledge of basic instructional technology concepts and operations.
IT.K-2.1.B. Uses basic computer terminology (e.g., disk, software, hardware, startup/shut down, cursor, CD-ROM drive and disk).
IT.K-2.1.F. Opens and quits an application.
IT.K-2.1.G. Saves and backs up files to a disk, hard drive or file server.
Productivity Tools
IT.K-2.2. Knows the value of keyboarding and demonstrates its proper use.
IT.K-2.2.A. Masters mouse functions (e.g., point, click, hold, drag).
IT.K-2.2.D. Locates and describes the use of special function keys (e.g., caps lock, arrow keys, shift, command, control, option, tab).
IT.K-2.3. Knows how to use productivity software to organize, create and manipulate information.
IT.K-2.3.A. Recognizes and uses word processing terms (e.g., cursor, I-beam, open, save, print).
IT.K-2.3.H. Uses a prepared database to search for specific information.
Research and Communication Tools
IT.K-2.5. Knows how to use technology to access and transmit information.
IT.K-2.5.A. Knows computers can be used for accessing information.
IT.K-2.5.C. Knows that the Internet is a source of information and a means of communication.
Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
IT.K-2.6. Understands ethical uses of technology.
IT.K-2.6.A. Demonstrates respect for the computer work of others.

Learning Objectives
  • Students will use the command key to copy, cut, and paste in a document.
  • Students will create 3 virtual notecards about an individual who meets the criteria
  • Students will create a 3-4 sentence paragraph based on their virtual notecards.