Frogs! Frogs! Frogs!
What is the life cycle of a frog?
Language Arts

The Kennedy Middle School  sixth grade students, via computers in my classroom, wrote about the life cycle of the frog using Microsoft Word. Some of the science classes followed the life cycle from tadpoles to frogs.  During the life cycle period the science classes also did a power point on frogs.

My students were very familiar with using Microsoft Word.  They did not have any problem transferring what they had learned in Science to Word.  Since they already had all of the information, all they needed to do was organize the information and present it in the Word document.

What I found most interesting during this process was that all students were engaged in their lesson and all participated.  Even students who had difficulty putting pencil to paper really loved this activity.  Students were more successful doing the assignment by typing it than they would have been if they were required to use paper and pencil.

 

Example of student work


LA-6-8-B.1.1. The student organizes information before writing according to the type and purpose of writing.
LA-6-8-B.1.2. The student drafts and revises writing that: is focused, purposeful, and reflects insight into the writing situation; conveys a sense of completeness and wholeness with adherence to the main idea; has an organizational pattern that provides for a logical progression of ideas; has support that is substantial, specific, relevant, concrete, and/or illustrative; demonstrates a commitment to and an involvement with the subject; has clarity in presentation of ideas; uses creative writing strategies appropriate to the purpose of the paper; demonstrates a command of language (word choice) with freshness of expression; has varied sentence structure and sentences that are complete except when fragments are used purposefully; and has few, if any, convention errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation.
Standard 2 The student writes to communicate ideas and information effectively.
LA-6-8-B.2.1. The student writes text, notes, outlines, comments, and observations that demonstrate comprehension of content and experiences from a variety of media.
LA-6-8-B.2.4. The student uses electronic technology including databases and software to gather information and communicate new knowledge.