Recently I discussed the SAMR model of technology integration. One of the final assignments we had to do for Ed Media Apps was to write a lesson that incorporated technology. I thought it would be fun to share that here, particularly the cool app I found for the lesson.
I decided to develop a lesson for 2nd grade math. Although I plan to teach pre-k, or k, I want to make sure I am also familiar with standards for other elementary grades. Math has also become much more enjoyable (thanks Dr. G!) so it seemed like a fun challenge to use that as the curriculum.
(disclaimer… this is the first lesson write up where I am trying to integrate technology in a way that adds to the lesson… so constructive criticism only… and go easy on me! haha)
The common core standard:
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
The main web tool I found which I really like is, Create a Chart, a tool on the Kids Zone website sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics. This is an easy to use program for developing a variety of graphs.
For this specific lesson students will be making bar graphs. First they will measure four objects in the classroom, and record the results in a basic data chart. They will then access Create a Chart on an iPad or computer (in my imaginary classroom I have the perfect number of both).
To make their graph they add a title, label the axis’, pick colors for the graph, say which unit they used (cm or in for this lesson), give the necessary max. and min. values, and put in the object names with the lengths they measured them at. All very easy to do! The graph can then be previewed so adjustments can be made if necessary.
Here is a sample graph I made:
Once students have completed their graph, they can use it to help them compare the different lengths of objects. They will also all put their graph onto a padlet page. That will allow everyone to see the work their classmates are doing! Those who finish quickly can add pictures of the objects they measured, and compare the lengths of objects which other groups measured. The latter of which will be the focus of our group discussion when we come back together at the end of this lesson.
This lesson could be considered Modification (the M of SAMR), however, I still feel like there is more I can do to integrate technology appropriately. In order to become as skilled at that as I like, I just need to keep practicing and continue brainstorming potential lesson plans!
I hope you enjoyed a taste of a lesson I developed! Keep checking back, and I will keep posting lesson ideas and plans… that way you can see me grow as I eventually become a teacher!