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Example Lesson Plan using Technology Resources


3rd – 6th Self-Contained ELL Class

45 – 60 minute lesson

National Standards:

Students whose first language is not English make use of their first language to develop competency in the English language arts and to develop understanding of content across the curriculum.

Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

Students use a variety of technological and informational resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.


Students will be able to develop the English language as they read books in their native language as well as in the English language.

Students will be able to summarize the text that they read in both their native language and in English using words from the story to create a wordle.

Students will be able to type their wordle by completing Level 1, Stage 1 of home row typing.

Websites to use for this lesson:

International Children’s Digital Library:  Depending on the students' native language, the teacher can choose a title from a wide selection of free books.  After the teacher uploads the story, students can read along.


Dance Mat Typing:  Students can use this website to practice typing to prepare for the Wordle activity. 


Wordle: Students will use this website to create their Wordle summary.



·      Teacher will introduce a new story to the students.

·      For the students whose native language is not English, the teacher will have those 
        students or  student at the computer station within the classroom.

·      The teacher will have the book for the student preloaded (as to keep with the pacing of the                   


·      The teacher initially reads the text aloud while the students follow along.

·      The student will read the text on the computer as they follow along with the teacher.

·      The students will then continue to read independently until they have completed the short

·      As the students complete their reading they will signal to the teacher.

·      The teacher will have the students who are at the computer station to begin working on 
        the Dance Mat Typing site prior to completing their wordle. This site will be on the 
        computer already as not to waste time.

·      As the students complete the Dance Mat Typing they will then complete their summary  


·      Once they complete their summary wordles, they will print them and post them around 
        the room.


Mathematics Infusing Music

 3rd – 6th Grade

 45-60 minute lesson

 National Standards:

Students should understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement.  Students will understand such attributes as length, area, weight, volume, and size of  an angle and select the appropriate type of unit for measuring each attribute.

Students will compose and arrange music within specified guidelines. Students create and arrange short songs and instrumental pieces within specified guidelines (e.g., a particular style, form, instrumentation, compositional technique). Students use a variety of sound sources when composing.


Students will be able to measure various angles and know the names of different types of angles. 

Students will be able to create a short song to help them remember the different types of angles.


Websites to use for this lesson:

Internet 4 Classrooms: Students will use this site to work angle problems and to familiarize themselves with the terminology and actual angles.


Music Notes Online:  Students use rap lyrics to understand angles and angle vocabulary. 




·    Teacher will begin the lesson by displaying various angles on the chalkboard or white 


·    Students will have copies of the angles without the names of the angles.

·    Some students will need to utilize the computer for both enrichment and reinforcement 
     activities (this is the www.internet4classrooms.com website).
·    The teacher will have the mathematics activities for the student preloaded (as to keep 
     with the pacing of the class).

·    The teacher will model for students the different angles and the vocabulary of the angles.

·    The students will work the problems at their desks or at the computer.

·    As the students complete their problems they will signal to the teacher.

·    The teacher will have the students in groups of three at the computer station with 
     headsets and they will go to the musiconline.com website. This site will be on the 
     computer already as not to waste time.

·    Students will listen to the various raps and will create a rap/song about angles.

·    Once they complete their rap/song, they will print them and post them around the room.

Social Studies and Science 

3rd – 6th Grade

Two 45 minute lessons 

National Standards:

Students should understand earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water, and the gases of the atmosphere. The varied materials have different physical and chemical properties, which make them useful in different ways, for example, as building materials, as sources of fuel, or for growing the plants we use as food. Earth materials provide many of the resources that humans use.

Students will understand how to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on the earth’s surface.


Students will be able to determine different types of rocks based on their physical characteristics. 

Students will be able to understand why people settled in different parts of the United States based upon their needs. 

Website to use for this lesson:

Safari Montage: Students will use this site to watch videos of how various rocks are formed and the different places that people settled and the types of homes they built based upon their locations.



·      Teacher will begin the lesson by showing students various rocks.

·      Students will have rocks in trays at their desks and will examine the rocks as the teacher      
       allows them to come up with different characteristics of the rocks.
·      The teacher will then utilize the Safari Montage website and show a video of the different                 
        types of rocks and rock formations.
·      After examining the rocks and viewing the video, students will determine if the rock’s
       characteristics matched those of the video.
·      The teacher will inform students that based upon the different types of formation of the 
        earth’s surface determined where most people settled in the U.S.
·      Students will discuss in small groups how the formation of the earth’s surface determined 
        the type of homes that people built.
·      Students will again watch a video on Safari Montage about the various homes that people 
        live in and how those homes protect them.
·      Using information that students learned, they will discussion in small groups how people 
        used the earth’s materials as resources; why people settled in certain areas; and how the 
        materials varied, depending on the geography.