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Your lesson is already half-way done. You've identified your students' needs, listed specific outcomes, and generated a list of useful resources. Now it's time to create an exciting learning environment. Provide meaningful, information-rich experiences that will activate your students. Ask yourself:

  • Are my students motivated and interested in learning?
  • Does the activity make good use of the Internet information?
  • Are students actively engaged in learning?

Springboard & Motivation

Collaboration & Communication

Internet Enhanced Lesson Plans

Information Exploration

Culminating Projects & Closure

Unit Development

Active Involvement

Learning Online

Springboards & Motivation

Identify Internet resources that will be motivating and interesting for students. How can you grab the attention of your children?

Grandpa Tucker: start your unit with a silly poem

http://www.night.net/tucker/

Origami Page: begin your Japan unit with an art project

http://www.origami.vancouver.bc.ca/

Bats: dispel myths before studying creatures of the night

http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/bats/

SpaceDay: kick off a science project on a special day

http://www.spaceday.com/

Information Exploration

There are many information-rich sites that can go beyond the traditional classroom resources. The key to effective integration is guidance. Students need a specific problem to solve, question to answer, or mission to complete. Rather than providing an entire site, bookmark a particular page at the site.

Time for Kids: write an article

http://www.pathfinder.com/TFK/

Human Anatomy Online: explore the function of the heart

http://www.innerbody.com/
indexbody.html

Government Information Sharing Project: create a graph

http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/index.html

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary: compare types of whales

http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/
Dictionary.html

Documenting the American South: write a story

http://sunsite.unc.edu/docsouth/

Douglass: Archives of American Public Address: critique a speech

http://douglass.speech.nwu.edu/

New Deal Network: take action

http://newdeal.feri.org/

Plants: identify a plant in your class garden

http://plants.usda.gov/plants/

Voices from the Dust Bowl: compare with the book

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/
afctshtml/tshome.html

First Ladies: nominate a first lady for a special award

http://www.firstladies.org/

Judy Blume: create your own list of writing tips

http://www.judyblume.com/

Active Involvement

Engage your students in meaningful activities. Remember that not all activities require students to be online. You may be able to download the project, print the resources, or simply replicate the project off-line. Be realistic when it comes to classroom management.

Jan Brett: send an electronic post card

http://www.janbrett.com/

EPatrol: try the energy conservation games

http://www.sprint.com/epatrol/

FDA for Kids: explore food issues

http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids/

Shape Up American: create a meal and check out your body fat

http://www.shapeup.org/sua/

Weather Eye: conduct investigations and experiments

http://weathereye.kgan.com/

Planet Earth: try an ecology activity

http://204.102.137.135/teaching_learning/
mt&r/PlanetEarthMainPage.htm

Puzzlemaker: create a puzzle

http://www.puzzlemaker.com/

Mark Twain: send an electronic post card

http://marktwain.miningco.com/

Fun Brain: try the money game

http://www.funbrain.com

Collaboration & Communication

Get students actively involved with learning by reaching outside your classroom and working with other teachers, students, community members, and experts.

Communication

Pitsco's Ask an Expert

http://www.askanexpert.com/askanexpert/

Science Whatzit?

http://www.omsi.edu/online/whatzit/

Africa Online Keypals

http://www.africaonline.com/AfricaOnline/
kidsonly/keypals.html

Classroom Xchange

http://www.epals.com/

World Writers

http://wwwbir.bham.wednet.edu/wws/wws.htm

Monster Project

http://www.win4edu.com/minds-eye/monster/

Stuffed animals, books, science equipment and other materials can be shared among schools.

Woodsy Woodchuck

http://www.gsn.org/project/woodsy/index.html

Malcolm the Bear

http://magic.usi.edu

Patty Reed's Doll

http://cyberfair.gsn.org/altakcusd/patty.html

Culminating Projects & Closure

End the lesson on a high note. Ask students to transfer what they've learned to a new situation. Review the new skills students have learned.

Cartoon Corner: create a political cartoon for a particular time period.

http://www.cartooncorner.com/

Webquests are an excellent culminating project at the end of the unit. They bring everything together in a single project. They can also be used to kick off a new unit.

Nuclear Power

http://204.102.137.135/PUSDRBHS/science/
webnuke.HTM

Vietnam

http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/itec815/mcmullin/

Learning Online

Some websites put all the elements of a lesson together and provide a rich environment for learning from start to finish.

Online Learning Experiences

Air Travelers

http://www.omsi.edu/sln/air/

The ph Factor

http://www.miamisci.org/ph/

Chemistry 4 Kids

http://www.chem4kids.com/

Globe Program

http://globe.fsl.noaa.gov/

Living Things

http://www.fi.edu/tfi/units/life/

At Home in the Heartland

http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/
athome/welcome.htm

Amazing Space

http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/education/
amazing-space/

The Great Plant Escape

http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/~uplink/gpe/index.html

Online Textbooks and Tutorials

Fractals

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/frac/

IMO: Mathematics Site

http://tqd.advanced.org/2647/main.htm

The Physics Classroom

http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/
phys/Class/BBoard.html

Computer Art

http://tqd.advanced.org/3543/

Internet Enhanced Lesson Plans

You'll find many lesson plans on the Internet. Many of these lessons are rich with Internet resources.

Julius Caesar

http://www.bell.k12.ca.us/BellHS/Departments/
English/SCORE/caesarwebguide.html

Just Say No

http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~jobrown/
justsayno.html

Puppets

http://www.itdc.sbcss.k12.ca.us/curriculum/puppetry.html

Something Fishy

http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/proj/owl/

Unit Development

The key to an effective unit is matching outcomes with activities and assessments. Start building your unit by bringing together all of your resources and selecting those sites that will fit best at particular points in your unit.

Underground Railroad

The North Star

http://www.ugrr.org/

Aboard the Underground Railroad

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/underground/
ugrrhome.htm

American Memories: African Americans

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/aap/aaphome.html

Student Slide Show Project

http://www.leap.yale.edu/lclc/slides/

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/
socialstd/grade5/Sweet_Clara.html

Japan

Kid's Web Japan

http://www.jinjapan.org/kidsweb/

Tailing the Samurai's Tale

http://edtech.suhsd.k12.ca.us/curriculum/
web/samurai_quest.html

Japanese Online

http://www.japanese-online.com/