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Students will learn more about the Florida Everglades through self-guided research. The final project is a fact-based audiobook that students can be proud to share with others. *While my class focused on the Florida Everglades, know that this project can be done with any topic.
Target Grade Level: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Focus: Research, Paragraph Development
Common Core Standards:
- 4.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
- 4.W.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic
- 4.SL.4 Report of a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner
- 4.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, punctuation, capitalization
- 4.L.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Materials: StoryKit or BookAbi App, Google Earth; Rubric
Before the Lesson: Prepare a teacher created sample; Gather pictures of the Florida Everglades from Google images (pay close attention to copyright rules)
- Introduce lesson purpose
- Create a KWL with students about the Florida Everglades. Show a 3 minute video clip (Google Video has several from which to choose) of the Everglades to further discussion. Use Google Earth to point out where the Everglades are located. Highlight the landform, ecosystem, etc.
- Introduce research to students by showing a good website for information about the Everglades. Discuss plagiarism. Demonstrate how to summarize information found on the website.
- Students begin to gather information about the Everglades. Students will record information on provided handout.
- Introduce StoryKit or Book Abi app by demonstrating how you created your sample book.
- Go over the outline and steps.
- Use the Bump app to share pictures with students. Students will select pictures to add to their stories.
- Students will create the book shell, which includes the cover page and all other pages with pictures.
- Review writing a strong paragraph with students. Select one of the main ideas of the book and write a descriptive paragraph with students.
- Allow students to work independently; Work one-on-one with those students that may need more help with paragraph development.