Spider Report Process:
- Choose spider topic.
- Brainstorm what we know, what
we learned, and what we still need to know.
- Library research (using reference
material, catalogues, computer, etc.)
- Categorize our reading.
- Select subheadings: habitat, physical
description, the young, food, enemies, and other interesting facts.
- Collected materials and skimmed
- Take notes in our own words.
- Organize our information on colour-coded
strips of paper.
- Cut strips of paper and sequence
information into logical order.
- Paste strips on colour-coded paper.
- Write first draft using full sentences.
- Edit and proofread draft.
- Type draft onto computer.
- Illustrate spiders.
- Learn how to scan and save images.
- Import images into AppleWorks
- Final copy.
- Export final copy as a web page.
Objectives for Student Learning:
reports on various spiders were researched, written and illustrated
completely by grade three students. Students spent a long time learning
to use reference materials in the library, how to find information and
how to synthesize it. Each student chose their own spider and using
a report template provided by their teacher, Ms. Williams. Students
then created their projects using gradual steps such as collection of
facts, writing them into sentences, arranging the sentence strips in
order, then creating paragraphs. Once the final edits for their written
work were done, then students learned to use AppleWorks and its associated
word processing tools such as using spaces, tab, alignment, changing
size and font, and finally how to use the spell checker. A group of
students then learned how to use the scanner and then that group taught
the remainder of the class. Many of the illustrations has to be re-coloured
since the colours were too faint. All students learned how to import
their graphics into their document, how to name and save it, and finally
how to export it into a web page. Students are very excited about seeing
their work on the Internet and want their facilely and students around
the world to be able to see it. This was Mrs. Williams' first Internet
project. She has done this unit previously as a book, but she found
while publishing on the web was a lot more work, it also made it more
exciting. She is also glad to be able to contribute some teaching resources
to other teachers and to further share the learning process with parents.
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