Friday, February 20, 2009

Curriculum Framing Questions

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? Students will use the beloved Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax, to explore renewable and nonrenewable resources as well as the effects of pollution. Students will investigate the cause and effect relationships that happen daily in the environment around them. At the end of this unit students will have the opportunity to create a newsletter. The newsletter will show how pollution and other human factors have affected renewable and nonrenewable resources in the world and even in their community.

Essential Question: How does change impact our lives?

Unit Questions: What effect can you have on the environment?
How can change affect an ecosystem?
What impact do humans have on an environment?

Content Questions: What are some examples of renewable and nonrenewable resources?
What are different types of pollution?
What are ways we can conserve our resources?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Intel Class

I have enjoyed the Intel class so far. I found our last meeting to be the most beneficial. I learned more about creating meaningful essential questions. I feel I now have a better understanding of the importance of these questions to anchor student learning. I also enjoyed working with Microsoft Publisher. Although I have used this program before, I have not used it to create a brochure for parents. Therefore, I created a brochure to give to parents and students to introduce the 4th 9 weeks. I think parents will appreciate this form of communication that is concise, visually appealing, and easy to read. I can't wait to see the other neat things we will learn about and hopefully incorporate them into my unit plan.