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Ancient Greece & Rome Go Green Screen

Teacher(s) Name: Mrs. Harrell

School: Gayton ES

Grade Level(s): Grade 3

Content Area(s): Social Studies

Lesson Summary

Given a rubric, background information, access to computers, print resources, and time students formed groups to design research questions relating to the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome. Students used the questions to guide their research. Students then used the collected research to write a script telling about their lives as their selected role within ancient Greek or ancient Roman life. Students performed their roles in front of a green screen using the green screen app, Do Ink!, with the appropriate voice level and pitch. Students reflected on their progress using a self-assessment. All projects were posted on a poster with a QR code which acted as a museum sign for guests to browse the class museum.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls within the Developing range by having students apply search techniques and using
a checklist for accuracy of information. Students responded to prompts by teacher while researching.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls within the developing range by directly instructing communication methods and
digital tools. Provided opportunity for students to work in groups with defined structures for communication.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching range by having students generate and respond to
purposeful questions. Students justified their decisions and took risks to solve problems. Applied digital tools to think with higher
order thinking skills.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls within the ideal range by predicting inspirations of new ideas for an authentic task. Students
created meaningful and original scripts and produced original movies within assignment parameters.

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8 Bit Art Design Challenge

Teacher(s) Name: Mrs. Cogbill

School: Springfield Park

Grade Level(s): Grade 5

Content Area(s): Art

Lesson Summary

The students were assigned the task of creating an original piece of artwork for the school yearbook. Students integrated technology
and art by designing Pixel art, also known as 8-bit art. I introduced to the students what pixel art is and the history behind it. I showed examples to the
students to get them thinking about their own projects. There were particular criteria students had to think about before creating their art due to particulars of the school
yearbook. The main criteria is the art must contain the school theme which is “Be The Change”. I shared the rubric associated with their project and allowed them
brainstorming time for their designs. Next, we introduced graph paper to serve as pixels to have students produce a rough draft of their designs. This served as
practice of using pixels and experimenting with colors and patterns. Once these rough draft designs were produced, I introduced students to the website 8-BIT ART
and modeled the use of the tools. Students began creating their art using the computers as their medium. Once students were completed with their projects they
saved them as images in the .jpg format. These pictures were populated and printed so students could view other works of art and vote for their favorite girl and boy
pixel art design. The winners from each class had their works voted upon using Google Forms to help collect the data. The top boy and girl design had the
honor of having their 8-bit art work highlighted as the cover of the 2017-18 school yearbook. Runners up also had their art displayed inside of the yearbook.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Entry – Explanation: This lesson falls within the entry range by having students acquire information using provided
resources. Responded to teacher prompt and followed directions for class assignment.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls within the developing range by working with defined roles to accomplish a class
assignment. Used digital tools to complete class assignment.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching range by generating purposeful questions within their
works of art and justifying their decisions. Students applied digital tools to solve and open ended task.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls within the ideal range by synthesizing existing and self-generated knowledge while creating
new ideas and original product.

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4th Graders Have Their “Sites” on Learning

Teacher(s) Name: Miss Brinson

School: Nuckols Farm ES

Grade Level(s): Grade 4

Content Area(s): Virginia Studies and Math

Lesson Summary

Students began researching about major battles, prominent figures, equipment, roles, and fun facts about the American Civil War as well as the
Revolutionary War. Students also took a wide variety of math concepts learned through lessons with the teacher and wrote the correct steps for each problem.
Students then created tutorials using seesaw.me, Google presentations, Google word documents, and recorded themselves solving problems using active inspire.
Students created a webpage and added information along with other sources of information they created to the appropriate class webpage. Teacher then created
a main Google Site to host the Sites created by the students then shared with other 4th grade classes to help them prepare for the end of year test.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching range by having students construct question and using
digital tools to find information while assembling this information in an organized way.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching range by having students establish roles within their
groups. Students used digital tools such as Google Sites and Docs to communicate with one another and outside the classroom.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Entry – Explanation: This lesson falls within the entry level range by having students respond to teacher questions and
working on an assignment through knowledge.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls within the developing range by having students work on a class assignment with limited
personal choice and using digital tools assigned to them.

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Discovering Central America in 3D

Teacher(s) Name: Mrs. Ramsey

School: Rivers Edge ES

Grade Level(s): Grade 4

Content Area(s): Social Studies

Lesson Summary

Students chose a country to research in Central America and worked with a partner to research the geography, landmarks, fun facts, and current problems of
that country. Students presented their research using Google Docs, Google presentation as well as designing a 3D model of the artifact or solution to the problem they
researched. Students set up a booth displaying their 3D projects and slideshows during a “REES Around the World” family night as well as in an e-book created with Book Creator from pictures of their projects and a QR code provided a website that holds all of the class Google presentations.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching level on TIPC because students will construct questions on
their Central American country to guide their research. Students will select appropriate information sources and organize this
information to design their 3D designs and create a presentation.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls within the developing level on TIPC because students will work in teacher selected
groups and will accomplish a class assignment. Students will use digital tools such as Google to communicate with their group
members.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching level on TIPC because students will generate and respond
to questions while justifying their decision making with their group members while applying digital tools to solve and open ended
question.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls within the ideal level on TIPC because students will synthesize existing knowledge and create
an original book, presentation, and 3D design. Students viewed classmate projects while reflecting on their
own project to see how they can improve their work.

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4th Grade Social Studies Review

Teacher(s) Name: Mrs. Basham, , , and

School: Gayton ES

Grade Level(s): Grade 4

Content Area(s): Virginia Studies

Lesson Summary

Students created a common Google Site for a social studies review site. The site was shared with all students in the class who would now have editing rights. Next, research was imperative. Students used their study guides from throughout the year and explored some teacher approved search engines. Teacher modeled the importance of note taking and not plagiarizing. Teacher also modeled how to cite sources and include these citations on each page of the site. Students worked independently and cooperatively with their “page buddy”. Editing and design were discussed and modeled for students. When students were complete with their assignments, class would go back to reflect on official site and make any adjustments necessary. Final website was shared with other 4th grade classrooms to help them with their social studies curriculum.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Ideal – Explanation: This falls in the ideal range for research and information fluency. Students needed to obtain proper sites and synthesize information to include into their projects. Students needed to demonstrate proper note taking skills, citation of resources, and delivery of information.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This falls into the approaching category. Students needed to work with partners and develop roles for their work. Students needed to reflect upon other suggestions and criticisms.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This falls into the approaching category. Students needed to problem solve immediate problems and critically think about what could be done organizationally. Deeper thought of on how to create a product that would engaged school aged children was visited.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This falls in the developing category. Students took part of a common project and showed creativity within their own page. Parameters were set by the teacher because it was needed for this project.

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Stateopoly

Teacher(s) Name: Mr. Wasserman

School: Nuckols Farm ES

Grade Level(s): Grade 5

Content Area(s): Social Studies

Lesson Summary

Students researched the regions of the United States and retrieved information of each state that is rich in history or significance. After researching and note taking, students researched the game of Monopoly and found out the dimensions and pieces of this game. Students were placed in groups in accordance to the 5 regions being studied. Students established roles within their groups in order to complete the task which is to build their own Monopoly game called Stateopoly. Each group built the property cards, chance cards, community chest cards, center of the board design, money, and playing pieces. The playing pieces and dice were created using the Tinkercad program and 3D printer. The other items were built upon a Pixie2 template and Word Document template provided to them. The board designs were hand drawn or an art program was used.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls in the ideal range. Students had to search for appropriate sites which gave information. Students synthesized this information to use it appropriately for the final project. Students obtained and shared information with group members through Google and face to face.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls in the ideal range. Students use different sources of technology and communication to share and retrieve information. Expert was invited to give information. Questions were generated by students and digital communication was used between students and teacher as well as team members.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls in the ideal range. Solutions to problems were answered and fixed by group members. Teacher facilitated by asking high level questions and students took risks and changed when those risks failed.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls in the ideal range. Students each created an original game using original game pieces, cards, and directions. No game is the same and students had free expression to how their games looked.

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Seasonal Digital Storytelling

Teacher(s) Name: Mr. Brinkman

School: Rivers Edge ES

Grade Level(s): Grade 4

Content Area(s): Language Arts

Lesson Summary

This lesson began with teacher modeling and discussing good writing structure and good mechanics of writing. Following this modeling, students were asked to think of an important season of the year and how that season is special to them and their families. Next, digital storytelling was introduced. Questions were asked from the students on how accompanying pictures would benefit writing. An online movie producing tool, Wevideo, was introduced and modeled to the students. Students proceeded to create their digital stories and shared them with parents and classmates.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Entry – Explanation: This lesson falls in the Entry range of TIPC. Students are creating their own stories from experiences and do not need to research materials with the exception of images that help them portray their stories.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Entry – Explanation: This lesson falls in the entry range. Students did talk for ideas and help each other with the movie program, however, students worked individually for original works.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls in the developing range. Students did respond the higher level questions and solve problems on their own as they arose, however most students responded to prompting from the teacher.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls in the ideal range. Students took risks that what they were creating would be accepted by others. Teacher facilitated and students were allowed to take risks and synthesize their own ideas to create original work.

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A Gift of Reading

Teacher(s) Name: Atkins, Blackburn, Nowicki, and Staib

School: Springfield Park ES

Grade Level(s): Grade 5

Content Area(s): Reading

Lesson Summary

This was a two part project with the first part where students created a book trailer using WeVideo, an online movie editing program, on a book they read in order to persuade others to read the book as well. The second part was to practice reading a book as a group using good reading skills and being videotaped reading this book in order to give choice on a created webpage to those who may not have anyone to read books to them. Both projects were placed on a website and allowed the students to give a gift of reading to others who they will send the website link.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Not Observed – Explanation: This lesson was not observed in Research. Students used their book to use while producing their movies. Students practiced reading and did not use technology to research any other information.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls in the approaching range. Students used technology to create and share their work. A website was designed to bring the projects to others who would not get a chance to view otherwise.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls in the developing range. Students needed to critically think about how they would convince others to read and share their work. Beyond that, students did not need to stretch their thinking to solve other problems as they would arise.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson falls in the ideal range. Students all had a different outcome and product in which they took risks and was able to include their own original ideas.

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Ocean Pollution

This lesson is for : Grade 5:

Summary

Students were asked to think and generate questions about the ocean and the many types of pollution that does or may affect the oceans. After generating questions, students researched their topic in the library using a variety of web based sites and non-digital sources in library. Notes were taken on Google Docs and would be used later for the creation of a presentation that would show their research effectively and persuade others to get involved to protect their oceans. Students had a choice on how to present their research through Google presentations, Comic Life, or any other source available to them on the school. Final presentations would be presented by each group to the class in order to work on their oral presentation skills.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls as approaching with Research. Students used multiple digital and non-digital resources while synthesizing the information to use for their presentations.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This lesson falls as developing with communication & collaboration. Students used digital sources to communicate; however did not extend outside the classroom walls to gain information or put their information out.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls as approaching with creativity and innovation. Students created original work with appropriate digital resources. Students synthesized their information and took risks as to how their presentations looks so it would persuade others.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Developing – Explanation: This presentation falls as developing with critical thinking. Students were asked to develop questions and find appropriate resources to support their answers to these questions. Teacher facilitated with higher level questioning.

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Learning in the School Garden

This lesson is for : Grade 4:

Summary

Our school did an extraordinary job planning and developing a school garden and for the last couple of years have been enjoying the Garden. However, during this year we noticed not as many teachers or students were utilizing the garden for lessons in their classroom. We decided as a class that we would need to make the garden more user friendly. first, we brainstormed ideas about the best ways to reach classrooms and the community. We then needed to inventory what the garden has already as far as plant species. Next, we needed to identify the standards of learning for each grade level and what programs were available to use as presentations and movies. Lastly, students needed to divide and conquer and who would be responsible for what before the creation portion began. When the unit is all over, the end result will be a media blitz using posters, informative movie presentations, skits, and PowerPoint presentations while utilizing the television announcements to broadcast. The garden will host newly created QR code signs which will give information on each of the plants and living cycles in the garden for classes to use as research.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching range of the TIPC. Students constructed questions for their part of the garden and found appropriate information to construct their project.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within the approaching range of the TIPC. Students formed groups and worked together to find information and collaborate on a project using appropriate digital tools.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within approaching range of the TIPC. Students generated and responded to purposeful questions. Students found solutions to problems that arose throughout the project.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson falls within approaching range of the TIPC. Students created original work responding to a given task.

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