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Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

Lesson Plan Outline



1. Lesson Title: State Photo Story Project
2. Date of Implementation: April-May
3. Lesson Author(s): Todd VanNortwick
4. Subject Area(s): Social Studies/Integrated Technology
5. Grade Level: Grade 5
6. Approximate Time Needed: Approximately 4 to 5 hours per student
7. PA Content Standard(s):

3.6. Technology-3.6.5 B

3.7. Technology Devices-3.7.5 B

6.1 Economic Systems-D, E

8.3 United States History-A, B, C, D
8. Objectives/Lesson Outcomes: Students will create a photo story of a state in the United States in order to persuade people to visit that state. Students will present their photo story to others. Students will take a survey to evaluate the pros and cons of the photo story project.
9. Materials and Resources Required:

A. Technology (include location and equipment): Microsoft Office Components, Photo Story Software, Internet Access, Computers for Each Student, Laser and/or Ink Jet Printer, In-focus Projector and Screen

***Students will complete this project in either the Shafer computer lab on student computers or in Room 224 through the use of the student laptops. Students can also do the research part of the project at home on a home computer as long as they have internet access.


B. Printed Materials: Student generated outlines, Zoomerang survey results
C. Other Supplies: N/A
10. Lesson Procedures:

I. Creating a Folder



  • Create a folder in your :H drive and name it “State Project Folder”

  • All items for your project, including documents, pictures, sound, etc. will be saved into this folder.

II. Outline



  • Using Microsoft Word, create an outline about your state highlighting the items you want included in your photo story.

  • Choose interesting and exciting things that you want your audience to know about your state. Examples include family fun, outdoor, history, sports, museums, etc.

  • “Save As” your outline into your “State Project Folder” and name it “Outline”

III. Information Search



  • Using the web links in the “Student Research Center” located in the student section on the Shafer Web Page, find information about your state as it pertains to your outline and type it in your outline. Use search engines, such as Google, Yahooligans, etc…to find your information.

  • Save your completed outline into your “State Project Folder” and print out a copy for future use.

IV. Pictures



  • Using the internet, search for pictures about your state. Remember to keep your outline in mind as you select pictures.

  • Copy and paste your pictures into your “State Project Folder”.

  • “Save” your pictures into your “State Project Folder”.

V. Creating a Photo Story


  • From the start menu, open Photo Story 3 for Windows.

  • Open your “State Project Folder” and import and arrange your pictures (minimum of 10 pictures).

  • Add text to your first photo to introduce your state.

  • Add narration text and record your voice for each photo.

  • Customize the motion of your story by setting the duration automatically or by choosing the number of seconds to display each picture.

  • Customize the transition of your story by setting the transition automatically or by choosing the number of seconds to display the transition.

  • Save your story to your “State Project Folder”. Name it “My State Photo Story”.

VI. State Presentations



  • Turn on the in-focus projector and open your photo story in your “State Project Folder”. It should be under “My Photo Story”.

  • Play your story for your audience.

VII. Zoomerang Survey



  • After you have presented your state, go on the internet and type in the following URL: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB226EMUVLAY5

  • Take the survey to gather classroom data about the project to be used for future discussions.



11. Modifications for Differentiated Instruction:

A. Remediation: Students will receive small group and/or individual instruction as needed. Some students may require a peer helper to help them. Some students may require fewer photos to complete their photo story.

B. Enrichment: Students may insert things such as a music or sound file, and/or animation to their project. Students may create an Excel spreadsheet to show classroom data based on the Zoomerang survey pertaining to the project.

12. Student Assessment: Individual State Presentations, Zoomerang survey http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB226EMUVLAY5


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