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Environmental Concerns in the Community

By Mary Howland, Beth Fensterwald, Steven Caringella
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"How do we become aware of local environmental concerns and what can we do to make a difference?"

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Sharing Information about Ourselves

Instructional Time: 2 hours

Students will make individual web pages using Think.com. In the web pages they will share information about their interests, hobbies, and what they hope to accomplish by completing this project. After all the web sites are finished, students will visit at least 4 web pages, leaving sticky notes that respond positively to what the student has written. Students will also be paired with a student in another class as a keypal. They will correspond regularly, sharing what their classes are doing in connection to the project.

California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Five
ELA.5.1.0. Writing Strategies
Research and Technology
ELA.5.1.4. Create simple documents by using electronic media and employing organizational features (e.g., passwords, entry and pull-down menus, word searches, the thesaurus, spell checks).
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.5.1.6. Edit and revise manuscripts to improve the meaning and focus of writing by adding, deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and sentences.
Grade Eight
ELA.8.1.0. Writing Strategies
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.8.1.6. Revise writing for word choice; appropriate organization; consistent point of view; and transitions between paragraphs, passages, and ideas.
ELA.8.2.0. Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.8.2.5. Write documents related to career development, including simple business letters and job applications:
a. Present information purposefully and succinctly and meet the needs of the intended audience.
b. Follow the conventional format for the type of document (e.g., letter of inquiry, memorandum).
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.8.1.0. Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.8.1.4. Edit written manuscripts to ensure that correct grammar is used.
ELA.8.1.5. Use correct punctuation and capitalization.
ELA.8.1.6. Use correct spelling conventions.

1.Think.comWeb SiteHardware:
Internet Access
Digital Camera
2.Rubric for Evaluating StudentsHandoutHardware:

Microsoft Office

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Observations, Student Work, Test/Quiz, Interview/Conference, Peer Review