Blog Post #7: Virtual Lesson (Planets)

Objective: Given a document with images of the eight planets and the Sun, the student will be able to order the planets (by distance from the Sun and by size—largest to smallest) correctly with 75% accuracy (six out of eight planets in the correct place).

Content:

  • SOL 4.7 The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system. Key concepts include
    • a) the planets in the solar system;
    • b) the order of the planets in the solar system; and
    • c) the relative sizes of the planets.
  • The focus of the lesson is understanding the organization of the solar system in terms of the planets that are a part of the solar system, the order of the planets from the sun, and the relative sizes of the planets.
  • Misconceptions: The images of the planets in the assessment may appear to be the same size as one another.

Pedagogy:

  • The students will learn about the planets in the solar system by watching the two videos, understand the order and the size of the planets by taking a virtual tour of the solar system, and apply their understanding by creating mnemonics for both the order and size of the planets.

Technology:

Pedagogical-Content Knowledge (PCK):

  • The students will watch the two videos (pedagogy), explore the interactive virtual tour (pedagogy), and create mnemonic devices (pedagogy) to learn the planets in the solar system, the order of the planets from the sun, and the sizes of the planets (content).

Technological-Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK):

  • The students will use the two videos (technology) and the interactive virtual tour (technology) to listen and watch the organization of the solar system (pedagogy) and create mnemonic devices for the order and size of the planets (pedagogy).

Technological-Content Knowledge (TCK):

  • The planets in the solar system, the order of the planets from the sun, and the sizes of the planets (content) can be accessed through the videos and interactive virtual tour (technology) and can be assessed through the discussion board on Google Classroom and the Google Drawing assessment (technology).

Google Classroom Code: h2ihxgm

Blog Post #6: Virtual Lesson (Habitats)

This virtual lesson asks students to visit the National Geographic Kids website to read about different types of habitats. After learning more information, the students will complete a drag and drop activity on Google Classroom, where they will drag and drop food, water, and shelter to the correct animal.

Content:

  • Living Systems 2.5 The student will investigate and understand that living things are part of a system. Key concepts include: b) an animal’s habitat includes adequate food, water, shelter or cover, and space.
  • The focus of the lesson is understanding the definition of a habitat and the components of a habitat (food, water, shelter, and space).
  • Misconceptions: Students may have difficulty understanding the different habitats that animals inhabit, habitats of domestic vs. wild animals, and the difference between shelter and space (shelter: something that protects the animal vs. space: area to roam)

Pedagogy:

  • The students will learn through the research of habitats on the National Geographic Kids website and the practice and application of knowledge by completing the drag and drop activity.

Technology:

  • The students will use two forms of technology during this lesson: the National Geographic Kids website (https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/nature/habitats/) and Google Classroom (online drag and drop activity).

Pedagogical-Content Knowledge (PCK):

  • Through their research and practice using the knowledge learned through research (pedagogy), the students will learn what a habitat is, the components of a habitat, and different types of habitats (content).

Technological-Content Knowledge (TCK):

  • The different types of habitats and their components (content) can be accessed through the National Geographic Kids articles on habitats and can be assessed using the Google Classroom drag and drop activity (technology).

Technological-Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPK):

  • The students’ research of habitats (pedagogy) is supported by the National Geographic Kids website (technology) and the practice using the knowledge learned through research (pedagogy) is supported by the Google Classroom drag and drop activity (technology).

Google Classroom Class Code: h2ihxgm