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Sample Technology Activities

Appendix A

Sample Technology Activities

Topic: Language Arts Grade Level: Kindergarten, First, Second
Standards: TECK.1.1, TEC1.1.1, TEC2.1.1, TECK.2.3
Activity: When listening to a story on cassette, students should cooperatively operate the audiocassette player (on, off, fast forward, and/or rewind).
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Topic: Language Arts, Social Studies Grade Level: Kindergarten, 
Standards: TECK.2.1
Activity: Have students interview their parents to see how they use technology as a tool to make work easier. Create a book of findings discovered.
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Topic: Language Arts, Social Studies Grade Level: Kindergarten, First 
Standards: TECK.2.2, TEC1.2.2, TECK.2.4, TEC1.2.4, TEC2.2.4
Activity: Discuss appropriate manners/respecting the rights of others when working on the computer. Talk about taking care of computers and other technologies. Make a poster or bulletin board of these ideas and review/reinforce as needed.
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Topic: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: Kindergarten, 
Standards: TECK.2.3
Activity: Students take turns clicking the mouse when working on a CD-ROM together
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Topic: Language Arts,  Grade Level: Kindergarten, 
Standards: TECK.1.2, TECK.3.1, TECK.3.2, TECK.6.1
Activity: Create shape poems/stories using draw and paint software (Kid Pix). While introducing software, incorporate appropriate terminology (see Vocabulary List).
Resources: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/littlekids/lesson_applewriting.htm
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Topic: Language Arts,  Grade Level: Kindergarten, 
Standards: TECK.1.2, TECK.4.1, TECK.4.2
Activity: Read a story and illustrate with digital camera images. E-mail another class or the principal of your school about your experience, sharing your story as an attachment. While completing these activities, incorporate appropriate terminology (see Vocabulary List).
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Topic: Language Arts, Science Grade Level: Kindergarten, 
Standards: TECK.5.1, TECK.5.2
Activity: Students work cooperatively to create a book about the animals that live on a farm. Identify the computer as a resource for finding information about farm animals. Identify other potential sources (video or cassette tapes, web pages, CD-ROMs) 
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Topic: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: First, Second
Standards: TEC1.1.1, TEC2.1.1, TEC1.1.2, TEC2.1.2
Activity: When incorporating a video with instruction, have students operate the VCR (start, stop, fast forward, rewind, and/or pause). At the end of a work session, students appropriately power off the VCR.
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Topic: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: First, Second
Standards: TEC1.1.4, TEC1.2.3, TEC2.1.4
Activity: When using a CD-ROM (Magic School Bus) to reinforce a lesson, students open the program, do the assigned tasks, and exit the program when complete. When working in pairs or teams, students allow others to work uninterrupted.
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Topic: Language Arts Grade Level: Kindergarten, First, Second
Standards: TEC1.1.2, TEC2.1.2, TECK.1.2, TEC1.1.3, TEC2.1.3, TEC1.1.5, TEC2.1.5
Activity: Use a Living Books CD-ROM to experience a story in another format. While using this software, incorporate appropriate terminology (see Vocabulary List). At the end of a work session, students appropriately shut down the computer.
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Topic: Language Arts, Social Studies Grade Level: First
Standards: TEC1.2.1
Activity: At the beginning of the school year, tour the school and identify how people use technology in their jobs. Take digital pictures and create a class book of the findings discovered.
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Topic: Language Arts Grade Level: First
Standards: TEC1.1.3, TEC1.3.1, TEC1.3.2, TEC1.5.1, TEC1.5.2, TEC1.6.1
Activity: Make a class ABC book (Kids Works, Kid Pix, PowerPoint). As a class, use the automated library system and other multimedia reference sources with guidance to locate books to use for research in preparing your class book. While completing these activities, incorporate appropriate terminology (see Vocabulary List)
Resources: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/littlekids/lesson_abc_book.htm
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Topic: Language Arts Grade Level: First
Standards: TEC1.4.1, TEC1.4.2
Activity: Interview parents (via e-mail as a class?) and school staff members to determine uses of telecommunications at home and at school. Compare and contrast findings with a Venn Diagram.
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Topic: Guidance, Language Arts, Social Studies Grade Level: First
Standards: TEC1.4.3
Activity: Have students investigate a career and interview someone in the field of interest (e-mail). Have students do a dress-up report and take digital pictures. Put together a book or another electronic presentation with pictures and findings..
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Topic: Guidance, Language Arts, Math, Art Grade Level: First, Second
Standards: TEC1.6.1, TEC2.6.1
Activity: Explore any logical thinking CD-ROM (Thinking Things).
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Topic: Language Arts, Science Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.1.1, TEC2.1.5, TEC2.2.3
Activity: Use an electronic encyclopedia to find three facts about an animal from South America. Work in pairs or small groups and practice working cooperatively and collaboratively. Have students type up findings with a word processing program or presentation software.
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Topic: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.2.1, TEC2.5.1, TEC2.5.2, TEC2.6.2
Activity: Have students keep a log of the technology they use in one day. Research a day in the life of someone who lived during another time in history. Use a variety of multimedia reference sources for locating this information. Recognize the accuracy and appropriateness of the electronic information sources accessed. Compare and contrast the use of technology. Draw conclusions about how technology impacts everyday life.
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Topic: Language Arts, Social Studies Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.1.3, TEC2.2.2, TEC2.4.1
Activity: When introducing Accelerated Reader or another computerized reading incentive program, discuss the importance of passwords. Explain how this software can be accessed on the school network only. Incorporate appropriate terminology (see Vocabulary List).
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Topic: Language Arts, Social Studies Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.3.1
Activity: Use the automated library system to locate a biography. Create a class list of the biographies students choose. Have students do a dress-up report of their biographies. Using the list and prior knowledge, have the class guess who a student is portraying. Take digital pictures and create a book to share.
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Topic: Social Studies Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.3.1, TEC2.3.3
Activity: Create a simple PowerPoint presentation to share facts learned about Africa. Discuss why PowerPoint would be appropriate software to use for presenting these facts.
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Topic: Math, Science Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.3.1, TEC2.3.2, TEC2.3.3
Activity: After weighing several objects on a balance scale, students read to perform a task and create a picture that illustrates their findings (Kid Pix). Discuss why Kid Pix (or other drawing tool software) would be appropriate to illustrate findings.
Resources: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/littlekids/lesson_weighing_objects.htm
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Topic: Language Arts Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.4.2, TEC2.3.3
Activity: Create a class newsletter. Have students brainstorm topics to include, conduct interviews if appropriate, and write up articles. Decide what software to use to publish newsletter. Could introduce scanner, import graphics, and involve students in word processing.
Resources: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/littlekids/lesson_weighing_objects.htm
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Topic: Language Arts Grade Level: Second
Standards: TEC2.1.3, TEC2.4.1, TEC2.6.1
Activity: Explore the Inspiration software on your school network as a source for managing information with graphic organizers. Explain how this software can be accessed on the school network only. Incorporate appropriate terminology (see Vocabulary List).
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Third Grade Activities for Tech Standards

Topic: Compare the Brain to the Computer -Science Grade Level: Third, Fourth
Standards: TEC3.1.4, TEC3.3.1, TEC3.3.2, TEC3.3.4, TEC3.5.4, TEC3.6.1, TEC4.1.3, TEC4.3.1, TEC4.6.1
Activity: Using Microsoft Publisher or Inspiration, have students create a Venn diagram. Insert text boxes to type in individual characteristics of how the brain and computer are alike and different. Label the sections of the diagram and give it a title. Students may also select font style, color, and size.
Resources: StarkNet Classroom Projects http://www.stark.k12.oh.us/TeachersTips/brain.html
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Topic: Use of Technology Interviews - Language Arts Grade Level: Third
Standards: TEC3.1.4, TEC3.2.1, TEC3.2.2, TEC3.4.2, TEC3.4.3
Activity: Take your students on a tour of your school to observe and list the many ways people use computers and other technology at school. Have students interview their parents at home to learn how they use technology in their jobs. As a class, e-mail pre-selected community workers (such as police dept., doctor, post office, travel agent, etc.) and ask them to describe the technology used in their work and how it impacts what they do. Have students list and classify the information. Students could write and illustrate a class book or create a class PowerPoint presentation to share what they learned..
Resources: North Carolina Technology Activities http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/Curriculum/computer.skills/lssnplns/Database/grad4121.htm
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Topic: Technology Vocabulary - Language Arts Grade Level: Third, Fourth
Standards: TEC3.1.2, TEC3.1.4, TEC3.3.1, TEC4.1.2, TEC4.1.3, TEC4.3.1
Activity: Provide students with a glossary of technology terms necessary for grade level. Using the Internet site Puzzlemaker, have students create crossword puzzles or word searches using definitions as clues instead of listing the words to be found. Students can then print the puzzles, exchange them, and work the puzzles.
Resources: Puzzlemaker, http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/
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Topic: Acceptable Use of Technology - Language Arts Grade Level: Third, Fourth
Standards: TEC3.2.4, TEC4.2.3
Activity: Conduct a class discussion. Define acceptable and unacceptable. Discuss acceptable and unacceptable school talk/language. Then discuss the movie ratings system and its purpose (that some movies are acceptable for children and some are not). Explain that the Internet also contains some material that would not be appropriate (acceptable) for children. Distribute copies of the student Acceptable Use Policy. Orally read and discuss it. Then have students write a paragraph explaining in their own words what the policy means and its purpose.
Resources: District Acceptable Use Policy
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Topic: Animal Habitats - Science, Social Studies Grade Level: Third
Standards: TEC3.1.1, TEC3.1.4, TEC3.2.3, TEC3.2.5, TEC3.2.6, TEC3.3.1, TEC3.3.2, TEC3.3.3, TEC3.5.1, TEC3.5.2, TEC3.5.3, TEC3.5.5, TEC3.6.2, TEC3.6.3
Activity: Divide students into groups of 3 or 4. Assign groups certain animals to research from the various regions of S.C. Students are to work together to research life cycles, basic needs, and habitats. Discuss electronic resources and determining their accuracy. Groups will use electronic encyclopedias and do limited Internet searches to gather information. Students need to document sources. With teacher supervision students will then work together to design PowerPoint slides, inserting text, and scanning and inserting pictures. Teacher will assemble class presentation.
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Topic: Planets - Science Grade Level: Fourth
Standards: TEC4.1.1, TEC4.1.3, TEC4.1.4, TEC4.2.2, TEC4.2.4, TEC4.2.5, TEC4.3.1, TEC4.3.2, TEC4.3.3, TEC4.4.1, TEC4.5.1, TEC4.5.2, TEC4.5.3, TEC4.5.4, TEC4.6.1, TEC4.6.2, TEC4.6.3
Activity: Divide students into groups of 3 or 4. Assign each group a different planet. Students are to work together to research important information about each. Discuss electronic resources and determining their accuracy. Groups will use electronic encyclopedias, examine relevant sites previously bookmarked by teacher, and do limited searches to gather information. Students need to document sources. Because this project will take some time to complete, students will need to save work on diskettes throughout the duration. Students will then work together to design PowerPoint slides, inserting text and scanning and inserting pictures. Teacher will assemble class presentation or each group may create its own presentation.
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Topic: Computer Storage Devices -Language Arts Grade Level: Fourth
Standards: TEC4.1.4
Activity: Use the DISCUS database and Internet to research the topic "computer storage devices." Divide class into groups of 4 –5 students and have each group share their findings. They should compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of storage devices.
Resources: DISCUS, Internet 
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Topic: Diskettes, Hard Disks, and Disk Drives -Language Arts Grade Level: Fourth
Standards: TEC 3.1.3, TEC4.1.4
Activity: Have students copy their created files (from word processing, presentations, etc.) to a diskette. Also have students copy their created files to a shared network drive and the local hard drive. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of using network drives, hard drives, and diskettes.
Resources: Computer lab
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Topic: Taming the Computer Acronym Monster (TCAM)-Language Arts Grade Level: Third, Fourth
Standards: TEC3.1.2, TEC4.1.2
Activity: Have students compile a list of commonly used computer acronyms and terms (CD-ROM, hard disk, monitor, etc.). Go to the Tech Encyclopedia web site to research the unknown (and known) terms.
Resources: Tech Encyclopedia web site http://www.techweb.com/encyclopedia/
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Topic: Typing Method Grade Level: Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth
Standards: TEC3.1.5, TEC4.1.5, TEC5.1.5, TEC6.1.5, TEC7-8.1.4
Activity: Practice keyboarding skills using computer keyboard. Hands are to be covered to promote proficiency. Use various levels of touch-typing program for the current level of student proficiency. Modify requirements according to standards and grade level..
Resources: Touch Typing program
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Topic: Copyrights -Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: Third, Fourth, 
Standards: TEC3.2.3, TEC 3.5.5, TEC4.2.2, TEC4.5.4
Activity: Have students research a topic using the Internet and electronic encyclopedias (for example, famous inventors, types of sea life, or the planets). Include bibliographic information in the report, correctly citing information sources. Discuss the difference between copying and using information. Use correct citation format (see link below).
Resources: : Kathy Schrock’s teacher resource web site for copyright sources http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/referenc.html#cite
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Topic: Information Sources and Reliability -Language Arts Grade Level: Third, Fourth, 
Standards: TEC3.6.2, TEC4.6.2
Activity: Research a topic (such as causes for the civil war) by searching the Internet and online resources. Determine whether a source is reliable by comparing information gathered from various sources. Also differentiate between fact and opinion in information found (4th grade). Compare the sites below for accuracy.
Resources: http://www.history.com/, http://www.thehistorynet.com/, http://www.historychannel.com/
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Topic: Sound - ScienceGrade Level: Fourth 
Standards: TEC4.6.3, TEC4.2.4
Activity: Have students choose an aspect of Sound to research. Students are to work in groups of 2 – 3 to prepare a report for the class. They are to choose an appropriate method to present their information to the class (presentation software, overhead projector, computer demonstration, etc.). Students must choose appropriate resources and tools for their presentation.
Resources: 4th grade science curriculum
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Topic: Math Multiplication Games - Math Grade Level: third 
Standards: TEC3.6.3, TEC3.2.5
Activity: Have students work in groups of 2 –3 to create a game to help in learning multiplication facts. They should choose appropriate technology resources to aid in game playing or in presenting the game to the class. For ideas go to the resource site below.
Resources: Various math games: http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Math/Games_and_Puzzles/
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Topic: Research -Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: third 
Standards: TEC3.2.5, TEC3.5.1, TEC3.5.2, 
Activity: Brainstorm a topic the class would like to research. Once the topic is decided, break into 3 – 4 groups to research information. Have one group look at an electronic encyclopedia, another check for books on the topic with the automated library system, and the last group (or two) check for online resources with teacher assistance. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Have each group report on their findings.
Resources: Electronic encyclopedia, Automated library system, Internet http://www.britannica.com/, DISCUS http://www.lexington1.net/discus/
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Topic: Research -Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: third 
Standards: TEC3.2.5, TEC3.5.3, 
Activity: Give students a topic to research (brown bears, light bulb, etc.). Divide students into groups of 2 –3 and have them find information to report on. Students must use information from at least two types of the following sources: electronic (CD-ROM) encyclopedias, automated library system, and Internet resources with assistance. Have students report their findings.
Resources: Grade level material, CD-ROM software, http://www.lexington1.net/discus/, http://www.britannica.com/
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Topic: Email -Language Arts Grade Level: third 
Standards: TEC3.4.1
Activity: Explore the web site below for a tutorial on how email works (or order a video from the site). Have every student explain to a partner how email works after viewing the site. Use a guided Internet tour in the computer lab or use small groups. Students should also discuss the purpose of this web site. 
Resources: : http://www.emailhelp.com/
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Topic: Research, Weather -Science Grade Level: fourth
Standards: TEC4.2.4, TEC4.5.1, TEC4.5.2, TEC4.5.3, 
Activity: Have students gather weather information for various major cities of the east coast using the Internet resources below. Collect weather facts (high-low temperature, precipitation, barometric reading, etc.) for a two-week period. Have students keep their information stored electronically (spreadsheet, document, etc.). Finally, have the students report the information with presentation software or graph the information with the spreadsheet software.
Resourceshttp://www.weather.com/, http://weather.yahoo.com/
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Topic: Presentations -Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Grade Level: fourth 
Standards: TEC4.3.2
Activity: Have students work in groups of 2 – 3 to research a given topic (famous inventions, biographies, etc.). Have students prepare an electronic presentation (PowerPoint) for a report. Students should include clipart to illustrate or scan pictures to put into the presentation. Invite parents or another class to watch the presentations.
Resources: PowerPoint, automated library system, electronic encyclopedia
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Topic: Internet scavenger hunt -Social Studies, Science Grade Level: fourth 
Standards: TEC4.4.1
Activity: Conduct a scavenger hunt on the National Geographic web site. Provide students with a specific list of things to look for. Use the bookmark function to guide students through the scavenger hunt.
Resources: http://www.nationalgeographic.com
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Topic: Telecommunications -Science Grade Level: fourth 
Standards: TEC4.4.2
Activity: Contact a 4th grade classroom in another region of the United States. Set up a videoconference schedule to meet and collaborate on collecting weather data. Each class is to share their weather data with the other class. Use a web cam to do the videoconferencing. Use email if a web cam is not available.
Resources: http://www.weather.com/, http://weather.yahoo.com/
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Topic: Solar System -Science Grade Level: fourth
Standards: TEC4.4.2
Activity: Conduct an online interview with a professor from a university concerning the solar system. Research the solar system using the links below prior to the interview. Use the link http://www.cla.sc.edu/geog/rslab/arc/ to contact a scientist at USC (USC NASA Affiliated Research Center Principal Scientists are at the bottom of the web page). 
Resources: http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/ (NASA’s solar system exploration web page), http://spacelink.msfc.nasa.gov/Instructional.Materials/Curriculum.Support/Space.Science/Our.Solar.System/ (our solar system), http://www.star.le.ac.uk/edu/planets/
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Topic: Current Events in Technology -Language Arts Grade Level: fourth 
Standards: TEC4.2.1
Activity: Using online news sources, identify current important issues facing us. Students should ask themselves how current technology affects their lives personally, either positively or negatively. Students should work in groups of 3 – 4 to prepare a report for the class.
Resources: http://www.yahooligans.com/computers__games__and_online/news_and_magazines/ for online technology news for kids, http://www.yahooligans.com/content/news/ for online news for kids

http://teacher.scholastic.com/newszone/index.asp for online news for kids

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GRADE 5 Activities


Topic: Benjamin Franklin - Reading, Social Studies Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.3, TEC5.2.4, TEC5.3.1, TEC5.4.4, TEC5.4.5
Activity: While reading the novel Ben and Me by Robert Lawson, students will visit and bookmark the "Words of Wisdom from Benjamin Franklin" web site (maintained by the Franklin Institute Science Museum) which lists sayings from Poor Richard’s Almanac. Students will interpret a saying. After the teacher has approved the interpretation and discussed e-mail policies and netiquette, students will post their interpretations to the web site and read the interpretations posted by classmates and others.
Resources: http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/printer/abc.html
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Topic: Animals - Language Arts, Science Grade Level: fifth
Standards: ): TEC5.1.1, TEC5.2.3, TEC5.2.5, TEC5.3.1, TEC5.3.2, TEC5.5.5 
Activity: While reading the novel Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, students will work in small groups and select an animal that would be found in the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. Internet web sites, databases, CD-ROMs and books will be used to research the animal and locate pictures. Each group will produce a PowerPoint presentation that includes pictures of the animals, facts and a bibliography of information sources. Discuss copyright issues (ITV has published a guide and produced videos on this topic) and how to cite sources of information before students begin.
Resources: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/, http://www.seaworld.org/ , Multimedia Animals Encyclopedia by Applied Optical Media Corporation, http://www.mla.org/, http://www.itv.scetv.org/
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Topic: Stone Fox – Iditarod dog race - Reading Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.5.4, TEC5.6.2
Activity: While reading the novel Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner, the teacher will guide students to visit and evaluate at least three web sites about the Iditarod race. The following are examples of questions that could be asked to evaluate the web sites: Is the site easy to access and navigate? Is the information presented accurate? Is the information current? When was the site last updated? Is the information appropriate for the grade level? Is the web site appealing? Is the information consistent with other published material on the topic? Is the author of the site qualified to provide this information? Is the author trying to provide information or influence opinion? 
Resources: http://www.yahooligans.com/tg/evaluatingwebsites.html, http://www.go2net.org/adventure/idita2.htm. http://www.mcleanschool.org/iditarod.html, http://www.iditarod.com/, http://freezone.com/action/iditarod/iditarod.html
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Topic: Homonyms - Language Arts  Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.1, TEC5.1.4, TEC5.3.2
Activity: Students will use software to write and illustrate homonyms. Illustrations may include scanned drawings, photographs taken with a digital camera, and drawings completed with a drawing program. Students should store completed work as directed on a diskette or a hard drive. Work may be compiled into a slideshow or printed and bound into a book and then shared with other classes.
Resources: A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne, The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne
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Topic: Tall Tales - Language Arts Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.3.3, TEC5.3.4, TEC5.5.1
Activity: Locate tall tales in the media center using the online library catalog to conduct keyword searches. Locate tall tales on the Internet using keyword searching and search engines. Read tall tales and review elements of tall tales. Students will collaborate to write an original tall tale about a meeting between two tall tale heroes. Students will use word processing software to complete a rough draft, edit, revise, and print the story. The student will use the proper techniques to store and retrieve the document.
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Topic: Search Strategies for SIRS Explorer (a DISCUS Database) - All Subject Area Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.5.2
Activity: An online workbook is available through SIRS Explorer. The pages may be printed and used to teach students to perform topic, keyword, and subject searches. The SIRS Explorer database may be accessed through the Lexington One home page. Select Resources > Internet Resources > DISCUS > SIRS Discover > Workbooks. A PowerPoint training overview is also available on the site.
Resources http://www.lexington1.net/
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Topic: Biographical Research with InfoTrac (a DISCUS Database) - Social Studies Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.3, TEC5.3.1, TEC5.5.1, TEC5.5.2
Activity: Students will select a person they would like to know more about. Using InfoTrac, the students will conduct subject and keyword searches and compare the results. For example, a search on the subject Sacagawea yielded 1 encyclopedia excerpt and 2 periodical references. A keyword search for Sacagawea yielded 25 citations. Students will select useful citations and select appropriate retrieval methods. Retrieval methods include print from browser, print from ACROBAT Reader, or e-mail the text. The InfoTrac database may be accessed through the Lexington One home page. Select Resources > Internet Resources > DISCUS > InfoTrac.
Resources http://www.lexington1.net/
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Topic: Spreadsheet to record Scholastic Reading Counts points - Reading Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.3.5
Activity: Create a simple spreadsheet to record the number of points earned by each class member. The spreadsheet could be used to total points, average points, determine how many points needed to meet goal, etc.
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Topic: Writing - Language Arts Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.2, TEC5.3.4, TEC5.6.1
Activity: Students will use word processing tools to write a descriptive essay about computers and the use of computers in the school setting. Appropriate terminology must be used. Inspiration software would be used to produce a graphic organizer before the essay is written.
Resources: Inspiration software
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Topic: Current Events - Social Studies Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.2.1, TEC5.2.2
Activity: Students will locate articles about technology and issues related to technology in their weekly current events periodical. The class will discuss these articles. Capabilities and limitations of technology will be stressed along with the positive and negative impacts of technology.
Resources Current events periodicals such as "Current Events" or "Scholastic News."
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Topic: Telecommunications -Science Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.4.2
Activity: Students will use the "How Things Work" web site to locate information about modems, e-mail, etc. Students may also use this site to explore other interests.
Resources http://howthingswork.com/ or http://howstuffwork.com/
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Topic: Field Study Booklet, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Any Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.5.1, TEC5.2.5, TEC5.2.6, TEC5.3.2
Activity: The teacher will demonstrate the responsible use of the digital camera, scanner, printer, and other equipment to be used by students and review the computer lab rules and procedures. Students will take digital photographs of field study activities. Students will work in groups to produce a booklet about their field study. Digital photographs, images scanned from brochures or postcards, or images from web sites will be used to illustrate the booklet. Students will write text to describe their experiences. The booklets will be printed.
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Topic: Language Arts, Science - Ecology Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.3, TEC5.1.5, TEC5.2.5, TEC5.3.4, TEC5.5.1
Activity: After completing the ecology unit in science, students write a persuasive business letter including heading, inside address, etc. Topics might include: saving the rain forests, pollution, water conservation, acid rain, endangered animals, etc.
Resources: : http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/sci-tech/scien.html
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Topic: :  Social Studies, Language Arts – Tall Tales Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.5, TEC5.2.5, TEC5.6.1
Activity: :  When studying tall tales, have students write their own tale.  Then in teams on the computer, they combine their tales into one tale that incorporates all the characters. Microsoft Word works well for this activity. 
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Topic: Science – Ecology Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.4, TEC5.3.1, TEC5.3.2
Activity: Using Paint create and draw an animal (real or imaginary) that has at least 2 characteristics of a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore. Put drawing into PowerPoint and share with the class.
Resources: Electronic Zoo   http://netvet//wrustl.edu/pix.html
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Topic: Math, Social Studies – Average Family Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.3.5 
Activity: A typical colonial family contained an average of 6 people (2 parents, 3 children, and either 1 grand parent or servant/apprentice).  See how the typical family has changed by creating a simple spreadsheet.  Use formulas to find total parents, grandparents, etc. in class’s families (web site listed below contains the formulas necessary to find averages).  Create a graph to display data collected. 
Resources: http://www.stark.k12.oh.us/TeachersTips/gradebook.html
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Topic: Language Arts, Social Studies - Poetry Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: TEC5.3.4, TEC6.3.4
Activity: Read poem “If I Were in Charge of the World” by Judith Viorst.  Students write their own poem entitled “If I Were in Charge of the World” on the computer using the Tab key instead of the space bar to align the poem. Use other editing tools such as font selection, spell check, text alignment, etc.
Resources: :  Computer Activities Through the Year  Teacher Created Material, Inc., Susan Gimotty, M.A.  p. 10.
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Topic: Math - Averages  Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: TEC5.3.5, TEC.6.3.5
Activity: Children and keep running averages for their grades by entering grades into spreadsheet and using formulas to find the average.  Refer to the web site listed below for formulas and directions.
Resources: http://www.stark.k12.oh.us/TeachersTips/gradebook.html
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Topic: Math -Circumference of Circles Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: TEC6.1.3, TEC.6.3.1, TEC.5.1.3, TEC.5.3.1
Activity: Students use interactive site listed below to practice finding the circumference of a circle. (There are other math skill related reinforcements at this site).
Resources: http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/vol2/challenge_vol2.html
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Topic:Character Education, Social Studies, Language Arts – Courage Grade Level: fifth
Standards: ): TEC5.1.2, TEC5.1.3, TEC5.1.4, TEC5.3.1, TEC5.3.2, TEC53.3, TEC5.4.1, TEC5.5.1, TEC5.5.2, TEC5.5.3, TEC5.5.4, TEC5.5.5, TEC5.6.1, TEC5.6.2, TEC5.6.3
Activity: While studying the 20th century, students research people who have exhibited courage.  Students use various search engines and electronic encyclopedias to find information.  Compare information from different sources to insure accuracy. Cite sources of information. Create a PowerPoint project to present to the class.  This may be done individually or with a partner.  An extension would be for the student to write a paper describing how he or she exhibits courage.
Resources: Search engines:  Alta Vista, Ask Jeeves, Yahoo, Yahooligans ….
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Topic: Language Arts, Social Studies – Brochures Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: TEC5.1.1, TEC5.1.3, TEC5.1.4, TEC5.2.6, TEC5.3.1, TEC5.3.2, TEC5.3.3, TEC5.4.1, TEC5.4.2, TEC5.5.1, TEC5.5.2, TEC5.5.3, TEC5.5.5, TEC56.1, TEC6.1.1, TEC61.3, TEC6.1.4, TEC6.2.6, TEC6.3.1, TEC6.3.2, TEC6.3.3, TEC6.4.1, TEC6.4.2, TEC6.5.1, TEC6.5.3, TEC65.4, TEC6.6.1
Activity: Before going on a field trip, students research the place that you are visiting.  Most attractions have a home page.  The students find information that will help plan the trip (ie. Cost of admission, hours of operation, a short history of  the place, whether souvenirs are available, what they will should expect to see, etc.).  A brochure can be created using Publisher.  Pictures can be imported from the Internet and clip art can be used to make the brochure attractive. Students can also use different fonts and background colors.  Projects can be stored on CDs or network drives. 
Resources: World Wide Web
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Topic: :  Language Arts, Social Studies – Newspapers Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: TEC5.2.1, TEC5.2.2, TEC6.2.2
Activity: Have several hard copies of the State or USA Today for comparison purposes.  Launch the Internet and most recent copy of either newspaper.  Discuss the similarities and differences in the Internet and the hard copy.  Discuss when might it be more useful to use the Internet instead of the hard copy. Make up questions for the children to answer. Have them discover which might be easier to use for specific kinds of things. 
Resources: www.usatoday.com               www.thestate.com
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Topic: Language Arts – All About Me (Good activity for Open House) Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: Tec 5.1.1, TEC5.5.1, TEC5.2.5, TEC5.2.6, TEC5.3.2, TEC 6.1.1, TEC6.3.2
Activity: Students create a PowerPoint  presentation entitled “All About Me”  Have them create a simple 4-slide presentation. Slide one: Title – “All About ……..”   Slide two: “My Family”    Slide three: “Three Interesting Facts About Me”  Slide Four: What I Hope to Accomplish This Year”  A picture of the child should be included using a digital camera or scanner.  Show these at Open House along with one the teacher has created about her/himself. 
Resources: Computer Activities Through the Year  Teacher Created Material, Inc., Susan Gimotty, M.A.  p. 100.
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Topic: :   Language Arts , Science – Acrostic Poem – Earth Day Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: TEC6.3.4, TEC5.3.4
Activity: Students type an acrostic poem spelling EARTH DAY vertically.  Each line should be a few words or a phrase.  Use spell check to check spelling. Highlight first letter of each line (which spells EARTH DAY).  With the first letter highlighted, change font color, bold it, and increase the size.  Add appropriate clip art..
Resources: Computer Activities Through the Year  Teacher Created Material, Inc., Susan Gimotty, M.A.  p.26.
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Topic: Language Arts – Creative Writing  Grade Level: fifth, sixth
Standards: TEC5.1.3, TEC5.3.4, TEC5.4.1, TEC5.6.1, TEC6.3.1, TEC6.3.2, TEC5.1.3, TEC6.4.1
Activity: Students launch the site listed below.  There are interactive stories where the students can submit the “middle” to the story.  A beginning and ending is provided.  There are also many stories the children can read at this site.
Resources: http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Language_Arts/Online_Stories/
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Topic: Language Arts - Cinquains Grade Level: fifth
Standards: TEC5.1.3, TEC5.3.1, TEC5.2.5
Activity: Students write their own cinquain on the computer using a form that tells how many syllables go in each line. This activity could be done with partners. 
Resources: http://www.eduplace.com/tales/c/cinquains.html
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GRADE 6 Activities


Topic: Social Studies – Ancient Egypt, Pyramids Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.5.1, TEC6.5.2, TEC6.5.3, TEC6.5.4
Activity: Using sources such as Internet sites, online magazines, books, electronic encyclopedias and databases, students will work in groups and research the tools and methods of pyramid construction. Students should compare the information obtained from various cites and determine if the author of the site is qualified to provide the information. Students will then design a model of a pyramid. A bibliography of reference sources will be required.
Resources: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/, http://www.mla.org/
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Topic: Science – Hurricanes Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.1.3, TEC6.2.5, TEC6.3.5, TEC6.4.1, TEC6.5.1
Activity: Working with partners, students will use web sites to obtain coordinates of a hurricane and plot its path on a hurricane-tracking map. Students will also obtain data about past hurricanes that hit South Carolina (top wind speeds, category, damage estimates, etc.) and construct a database which averages the top wind speeds, totals the amount of damage, etc. Questions about hurricanes may be directed to meteorologists at WIS by selecting "Contact WIS" on the WIS web page.
Resources http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/, http://www.wistv.com
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Topic: Social Studies – World Leaders Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.5.1
Activity: Students will select a world leader (past or present) and use information from research (biographical information and accomplishments) to write a bio-poem. A bio-poem is a poem based on a character sketch of a famous person. Use a variety of sources (DISUS databases web sites, CD-ROMs, electronic encyclopedias) to collect research.
Resources: DISCUS databases
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Topic: Science – Science Experiments/Projects Grade Level: sixth
Standards: ): TEC6.1.1, TEC6.2.6, TEC6.3.2
Activity: The teacher will demonstrate the responsible use of the digital camera, scanner, printer, and other equipment to be used by students and review the computer lab rules and procedures. Working in groups, students will use the digital camera to take pictures of the steps in their science experiments. These pictures, and other images (scanned from books or copied from web sites) will be used in a PowerPoint presentation to show how the activity was conducted.
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Topic: Math – Telecommunications project Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.3.5, TEC6.4.1
Activity: Participate in the Global Grocery List Project. Create a spreadsheet to manage and average the grocery prices that are collected by students.
Resources: http://landmark-project.com/ggl/index.html
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Topic: Science – Ask-A-Scientist Telecommunications Project Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.2.4, TEC6.4.1, TEC6.4.4
Activity: Students will use e-mail to interact with experts in the field of science. The teacher will discuss netiquette before students are allowed to e-mail their questions. Review safe use of the Internet
Resources: http://www.madsci.org/submit.html, http://drifters.doe.gov/DrifterNews/get/forums/ask.html

http://oceanlink.island.net/ask/askascientist.html, http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/ask-a-geologist/

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Topic: Any subject area – Evaluating web page design Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.2.4, TEC6.4.3
Activity: Review the Acceptable Use Policy. The teacher should select several sites for students to view and evaluate based on criteria such as: 

Speed – Does the page load quickly, are the pages too long, are the graphics too large?

Appearance – Is the page attractive, do you want to continue to explore the site, are enhancements such as backgrounds and blinking words distracting, are font sizes appropriate?

Navigation – Is it easy to move from link to link, are the links useful, are there enough links to move forward and backward easily, is there a link back to the home page?

Information – Is the information organized and labeled, is a contact person or e-mail address available, is their enough information to make the site useful and interesting, does the site achieve its purpose?

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Topic: Science – Narwhals (Demo directory and search engine searches) Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TECH6.4.2
Activity: Assign the research topic narwhals to students and instruct them to locate a useful web page using a directory and a search engine. For the directory search, students may use Yahooligans and follow this path: Yahooligans > Science and nature > Animals > Mammals > Marine mammals > Whales > Toothed whales > Narwhal. AltaVista is an example of a search engine. The student would type narwhal in the find this box. Students will compare the results of the subject and keyword searches.
Resources: http://yahooligans.com, http://altavista.com
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Topic: All subject areas – Bulletin board related to computers in society Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.2.1, TEC6.2.2
Activity: Throughout the school year, ask students to bring in articles that are related to the use of computers and technology issues. Examples could include articles related to privacy issues, missing hard drives from Los Alamos, barcode technology, robotics, and safety on the Internet. Students could enlist their parents to help search for articles. Articles could be discussed at home and in the classroom. The abundance of information would emphasize the important role technology plays in out daily lives and society.
Resources: Newspapers, magazines
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Topic: Social Studies – Middle Ages ABC Book Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.1.1, TEC6.1.2, TEC6.1.5, TEC6.2.3, TEC6.3.1, TEC6.3.3, TEC6.3.4
Students will work in small groups and use a variety of resources to locate information about topics related to the Middle Ages. Students will use the information to make a booklet about the Middle Ages. Students will produce a page for each letter of the alphabet. For example: K is for knight. This page would include a report and a graphic or picture about knights. Students should be reminded of copyright laws as they apply to copying graphics. A title page and a bibliography should also be required. As students plan and discuss the equipment and strategies to be used, they should use the proper terminology. Students should take turns and demonstrate proper keyboarding techniques, word processing skills and storage and retrieval methods.
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Topic: Language Arts – Graphic Organizer Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.6.1
Activity: Students should use Inspiration software to produce a graphic organizer when they begin an essay.
Resources Inspiration software
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Topic: Reading – The Midwife’s Apprentice Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.5.2, TEC6.6.2
Activity: While reading the novel The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman, the teacher will guide students to visit and evaluate at least three web sites about the medicinal uses of plants. The following are examples of questions that could be asked to evaluate the web sites: Is the site easy to access and navigate? Is the information presented accurate? Is the information current? When was the site last updated? Is the information appropriate for the grade level? Is the web site appealing? Is the information consistent with other published material on the topic? Is the author of the site qualified to provide this information? Is the author trying to provide information or influence opinion? Who is sponsoring the page? Can you contact the author? Is the information free of grammatical, spelling and typographical errors? Is the information easy to understand? Does this source provide useful links? Do pictures, maps, or charts supplement the written text?
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Topic: Social Studies Ancient Egypt – Mummies – Pyramids Grade Level: sixth
Standards: TEC6.1.1, TEC6.1.3, TEC6.1.4, TEC6.3.2, TEC6.3.3, TEC6.3.4,TEC6.5.1,TEC6.5.3, TEC6.6.6, TEC6.6.2
Activity: Students, in teams of three or four, research mummies or pyramids using the site listed below and electronic encyclopedia.  Create a PowerPoint presentation to share their finding with the class. Save project to network drive. This site has good information, as well as, Egyptian graphics that could be imported.
Resources: http://www.homeworkcentral.com/knowledge/vsl_sections.asp?sectionid=141&tg=REGION&flt=KE
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Seventh and Eighth Grade Technology Activities


Topic: Geometry - Mathematics Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.6.1
Activity: Students use the Java Kali interactive program, located at http://www.geom.umn.edu/java/Kali/welcome.html , to investigate tilings and tessellations.
Resources http://www.geom.umn.edu/java/Kali/welcome.html
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Topic: Current Events - Social Studies, Language Arts Grade Level: sixth, seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.1.1, 7-8.1.5, 7-8.2.3, 7-8.3.1, 7-8.3.2, 7-8.3.3, 7-8.4.1, 7-8.5.1, 7-8.5.2, 7-8.5.3, 7-8.5.4, 7-8.5.5, 7-8.6.1, 7-8.6.3, 7-8.6.4
Activity: Students analyze political cartoons in order to understand different viewpoints about a current event topic. Use the Cartoon Bingo and/or Scavenger Hunt found on the Resource Page listed below to familiarize students with the concept of symbols. 

Students can select either a current event or a topic related to a current unit of study and create a political cartoon to illustrate their opinion on the topic. Cartoons can be drawn using a drawing program on the computer, or they can be hand-drawn and then scanned. A class PowerPoint presentation can be compiled of the original cartoons or a class web page can be created to share the cartoons.

Resourceshttp://cagle.slate.msn.com/teacher/middle/lessonplanMS3.asp
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Topic: Acceptable Use Policy - Language Arts Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.2.4
Activity: Use the Reflect-Pair-Share strategy for students to review the district's acceptable use policy. Have each students read a copy of the district policy and spend a couple minutes jotting notes about its most important points, then pair students to discuss . Finally, as a large group share each pairs listings of the important points. Assign each pair one of the points and have them create a scenario in which a judgement would need to be made as to whether the policy has been violated. The scenarios could be made into an on-line test by using FunBrain's on-line test maker. 
Resources: http://www.lexington1.net/technolo/techres.htm, http://funbrain.com/quiz/index.html
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Topic: Research - Social Studies, Language Arts, Science Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: , 7-8.1.5, , 7-8.2.3, , 7-8.3.1, , 7-8.3.2, 7-8.4.2, 7-8.4.4
Activity: Students select a topic being studied for research. Using Inspiration, create a graphic organizer to outline and organize their ideas. Use the internet, Discus databases, appropriate CD-ROMs, and print materials to locate information on the topic. Cite all references using proper MLA form (see first reference below. Students can present the results of their research by creating a PowerPoint presentation or constructing a webpage. Appropriate graphics can be added to the presentation or website by scanning pictures, downloading pictures from the internet (being sure to follow copyright statements on the site) and/or using the digital camera.
Resources: http://www.mla.org/style/sources.htm, http://www.lexington1.net/discus/
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Topic: Evaluation of Internet Resources -Language Arts, Technology Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.4.2, 7-8.4.3, 7-8.5.3, 7-8.6.2
Activity: Show students several examples of reliable web pages and discuss the components that suggest its reliability. Divide students into small groups and give them each a paper copy of a website to evaluate using the resource below. For detailed instructions on this activity, visit the first resource listed.
Resources http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/brush/intles3.html, http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/eval.html
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Topic: Careers in Technology-Language Arts, Math Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.1.3, 7-8.2.1, 7-8.3.1, 7-8.3.5, 7-8.3.6
Activity: Have students brainstorm as a class in 5 minutes as many technology-related careers as they can, listing them in a spreadsheet as they are brainstormed. Have students generate things they may want to find out about jobs such as skills needed, education required, starting salary, etc. Make these categories in the spreadsheet. Divide students into small groups and , using the links below, or doing their own searches, challenge each group to find at least five "new careers" and fill in the information about them in the spreadsheet. As a writing activity, students could use Publisher to create a brochure "advertising" the job to other students. These ads could be posted so as to increase awareness among other students about careers in the technology fields. The salary information could be used to do averaging activities using spreadsheet formulas.
Resources http://www.stc-va.org/fjobstart.htm, http://www.go4it.gov/, http://www.job-search-engine.com/
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Topic: Civil War - Social Studies, Mathematics Grade Level: fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.2.5, 7-8.3.3, 7-8.4.1, 7-8.4.5, 7-8.5.1, 7-8.6.1, 7-8.6.4 
Activity: Students will first learn about mathematical codes, then use the word processor to assist them in re-creating the Visionaire code used during the Civil War. Using the Internet, students will then research the Civil War using the links provided to learn what generals might message to one another using code. Students pretend to be generals and then compose their own coded messages and send them via e-mail to other student "generals" for decoding.

For detailed lesson plans and helpful links, connect to the following resources:

Resources: http://205.146.39.13/success/lessons/Lesson2/Lesson2a/MMAa2_L.HTM

http://www.educationplanet.com/articles/civilwar.html

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Topic: Civil War - Social Studies, Language Arts Grade Level: eighth
Standards: 7-8.1.3, 7-8.1.5, 7-8.2.3
Activity: Using the internet, students research the Civil War and then create a diary of a Confederate or Union soldier. Using downloaded internet images, scanned images, and/or digital photos, students can illustrate their diaries, which can be done in either Word or PowerPoint. The third resource listed is a good source of music appropriate to the Civil War era.
Resources: http://www.cr.nps.gov/csd/gettex/home2.htm, http://www.nancy-johnson.com/civilwar.html

http://users.erols.com/kfraser/music.htm

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Topic: World War II - Social Studies, Language Arts Grade Level: eighth
Standards: 7-8.4.1, 7-8.5.1, 7-8.5.3
Activity: In this lesson, students read The Diary of Anne Frank. Using the EPals Web site, they establish a email writing relationship with Bosnian/Croatian children. Students compare the plight of Anne Frank with that of present day Bosnian/Croatian children. Students research cultures of various ethnic groups and participate in a Bosnia/Croatia Culture Day. For detailed plans, follow the link below:
Resources http://twister.coedu.usf.edu/tnt/DisplayLesson.asp?id=lp155, http://www.epals.com
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Topic: E-mail Stories - Language Arts, Technology  Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.1.3, 7-8.2.5, 7-8.2.6, 7-8.3.2
Activity: In this lesson, students from different schools form cooperative writing teams. One member of the team sends an opening and closing sentence for a story to the other team member at the "other" school. The first student must create the sentences in a word processor, save the file to the disk, and send it via email. When the other student receives the two sentences, they must complete the body of the story. 

For detailed plans for this lesson, follow the following link: 

Resources: http://twister.coedu.usf.edu/tnt/DisplayLesson.asp?id=lp200
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Topic: Recycling - Mathematics, Science Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.3.6, 7-8.6.1, 7-8.6.3, 7-8.6.4
Activity: The students are directed to bring their leftover lunch wrappings to the classroom instead of throwing them away. They are then to separate them into recyclable and trash items and record weights into a spreadsheet. This can be done over several days in conjunction with lessons on the importance of reusing, recycling, and reducing trash items. The spreadsheet can be used to track the reductions in the amount of garbage and graph the total amount of waste created (or reduced) over longer periods of time. This lesson can be used as an introduction into topics on natural resources, environment, and conservation and individual responsibility. For detailed plans for this lesson, follow the following link:
Resources: http://twister.coedu.usf.edu/tnt/DisplayLesson.asp?id=lp537
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Topic: Planning the Perfect Vacation - Math, Language Arts Grade Level: seventh - eighth
Standards: 7-8.2.5, 7-8.3.4, 7-8.3.5, 7-8.3.6, 7-8.6.1, 7-8.6.3, 7-8.6.4
Activity: Students are grouped into teams of two. Together, the students decide on a destination for a vacation. They have $3500 to spend on the vacation. The students use the Internet to research transportation, lodging and prices for activities. The students create a spreadsheet listing necessary expenditures, an itinerary listing daily activities, a written document describing the vacation destination and activities they want to do, and a colorful cover page with pictures. A PowerPoint presentation is a extra credit option. . For detailed plans for this lesson, follow the following link:
Resources: http://twister.coedu.usf.edu/tnt/DisplayLesson.asp?id=lp616
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