Lesson 4


Title: "What is the Main Idea?"

By: CDunn
Date: July 14, 2009

Lesson Assessment & Analysis

Lesson Plan Overview
Title
“What is the Main Idea?”
Lesson Plan URL

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Grade and Subject(s)
4th Grade English/Language Arts
Lesson Plan Summary
Students will interact with an on-line tutorial and quiz developing their understanding of how to find the main idea of literature. Students will be able to display their understanding by selecting a piece of literature from the provided books, and complete the cause and effect concept map.


Learning Objectives

Students will participate in an on-line tutorial, and begin reading a text. Students will then be required to complete the concept map by filling in the book’s main ideas with supporting details.


Assessment Instrument

Students' progress and understanding will be assessed with a student-teacher conference. In which I will be looking for a description of "the main idea" in their own words, how to identify a supporting detail.
CONFERENCE CARD
Students will be assessed with their appropriate completion of the concept map below.
CONCEPT MAP

Georgia Performance Standards
Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and Elements

ELA4R1 The student demonstrates comprehension and shows evidence of a
warranted and responsible explanation of a variety of literary and informational

texts.

f. Summarizes main ideas and supporting details.



National Educational Technology Standards (for teachers & students)

National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS for Teachers)

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers:
a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
b. engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources

National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS for Students)

1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.


Prerequisite Skills

Required prerequisites are slight reading fluency, and capability to read selected text to find the main idea.


Procedures
Hook/Anticipatory Set:
Introduce main idea strategies.
Model strategies for picking out the main idea.
During individual centers allow students to work on the online tutorial and quiz.
During DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read) allow students to read a selected text to find the main idea & supporting details with the concept map.

Closure: Concept map will be handed in after the text is finished (allow one week to read the text) for assessment.

Accommodation Options
ELL / Special Needs Students
Spanish texts will be provided in the selection for the ESOL students.
Highly-Capable Students
Students that finish early will be allowed to read another text of their personal choice and submit another concept map for extra credit, or assist a struggling reader with their selected text.


Physical Contexts
Arrangement
Rationale
One-computer classroom

X Multiple computers
Classroom with at least two working student computers OR
X Computer lab
Center time in a computer lab setting.
Flotilla

Other



Materials and Resources Required for Lesson
Technology – Hardware
X Computer(s)
Television
DVD Player
Interactive Whiteboard (Smart, Promethean, etc.)
VCR
Projection System
Printer
Video Camera
Camera
Digital Camera
Scanner
Video Conferencing
digital recorder
Laserdisc
Headphones/speakers
Microphone Headset
Microphone
storage media (e.g., keydrives, CDs, DVDs, networked drives)
Other
Other
Other

Technology – Software
GoogleDocs
NVU
TuxPaint
Excel
X Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
PowerPoint
SchoolKiT
Clicker 4
Publisher
Encarta
Image Blender/Photo Editor
Nettrekker
Audacity
Garage Band
Windows MovieMaker
iMovie
Image Blender/Photo Editor
2-way Video software (e.g., Skype)
KidPix
Inspiration
wiki software
blog software
Microsoft Word
Other
Other
Other
Website:
Main Idea Interactive Tutorial & Quiz

Other


Integrating the Learning Goals from Egbert’s //SLwT//
Learning Goal
How this Lesson Addresses this Goal
Critical Thinking
(Ch 4)
Students will use higher-level critical thinking skills through this lesson in response to their observations and experience with the online tutorial and quiz and apply that to their activity with a real text.
Problem-solving
(Ch 6)
Students will use problem-solving strategies while configuring information read from their text to complete the concept map with creative thinking and flexibility.

I belive that this lesson's purpose is to gain students' interest in technology in the classroom, and to create yet another way to make learning more fun. I believe this lesson achieved this by taking the boring subject matter and make it more exciting. Most teachers usually decide to "read this passage & find the main idea" over an over. It is boring, and doesn't appeal to all students.
This lesson allowed me to grow as a learner myself by letting me create a regular lesson with actual standards to apply to my classroom and mix in technology-enriched materials while adapting to students with special needs.

Something I would have done differently with this lesson is attempt to add more technology equipment.
This artifact is important to my targeted career in teaching because it is field preparation making these varieties of lessons and activities to fit the special needs of my students in a real classroom setting.