Karen Festa- Special Education Teacher
5 Lessons spanning approximately 8 weeks in length
Time: Each lesson lasts about 30 minutes
Grade level: Kindergarten
Summary:
I chose to incorporate the technology tools I learned from EDC 920 into a science lesson plan. I tried to “challenge” myself by choosing science because it was an area of particular interest to me in wanting to relate it to technology and the tools I learned in this class. Being that I teach Kindergarten Special Education, it was important for me to include as many hands-on real life experiences in which students can relate to and may have prior experiences in. The students come into our classroom with different types of learning experiences just as they are all different types of learners. As the classroom teacher, it is up to us to provide students with the background knowledge and incorporate meaningful experiences into their everyday education. Technology plays an important role in our lives and as the “Kindergarteners” grow older, technology will become increasingly important and meaningful in all areas of life. The content standards came from the State of Rhode Island Grade Level Expectations, also found at: http://www.ride.ri.gov/Instruction/gle.aspx
The lessons created incorporate tools from this course such as; web searching, classroom blogs, interactive boards, clip art, Google news alerts, power point, voice output software, “kid pix” and various handouts taken from lesson plan sources online. I believe that exposing students to the types of tools listed above will be effective as a means of demonstration, communication, and education. Exposing students to various tools in technology at the Kindergarten level fosters independence in technology as they grow older and become more facile in using various technological resources and equipment.


Rhode Island Earth Science Grade Level Expectations:
ESS1 (K-4) POC –5
Based on data collected from daily weather observations, describe weather changes or weather patterns.
Grade Span Expectations (K-4)
ESS1 (K-2) –5
Students demonstrate an understanding of processes and change over time within earth systems by …
5a observing, recording, and summarizing local weather data.
5b observe how clouds are related to forms of precipitation (e.g., rain, sleet, snow).
ESS1 (3-4) –5
Students demonstrate an understanding of processes and change over time within earth systems by …

5a observing, recording, comparing, and analyzing weather data to describe weather changes or weather patterns.
5b describing water as it changes into vapor in the air and reappears as a liquid when it’s cooled.
5c explaining how this cycle of water relates to weather and the formation of clouds.

ESS 1 - The earth and earth materials as we know them today have developed over long periods of time, through continual change processes.











Rhode Island Physical Science Grade Level Expectations:
Grade Span Expectations (K-4)
PS2 (K-4) SAE+INQ – 6
Experiment, observe, or predict how heat might move from one object to another.

PS2 (K-2)–6
Students demonstrate an understanding of energy by…
6a describing that the sun warms land and water.
6b describing that objects change in temperature
By adding or subtracting heat.

PS2 (3-4)–6
Students demonstrate an understanding of energy by…
6a describing how heat moves from warm objects to cold objects until
both objects are the same temperature.
6b showing that heat moves from one object to another causing temperature change
(e.g., when land heats
up it warms the air).
PS 2 - Energy is necessary for change to occur in matter. Energy can be stored, transferred, and transformed, but cannot be destroyed.