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It's Cool. It's School

(Houghton Mifflin "Invitations to Literacy")
Subject: Technology
Grade Level: 4
Instructional Time: 3, 55-minute periods to coincide with classroom study of unit
Resources/Materials: Joke books and ClarisWorks for Kids


Lesson 1:
Read aloud: Jokes from joke books for book selection.

Activities:
Computer: Using ClarisWorks for Kids, create a cartoon using clip art and punch line from a joke in one of the joke books.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.


Lesson 2: List areas around your school that you could feature in a "It's Cool! It's Our School ----!" poster. ("It's Our School Media Center...Cafeteria...etc.")

Activities:
Computer: Using ClarisWorks for Kids, create posters to display in halls.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.


Lesson 3: Computer: Using the areas around your school featured in Lesson 2, create pages for a small booklet to print out for new students: "Welcome to (Our School)!" Copies could be placed in the office to distribute.
Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.
Prerequisites: Basic navigation of ClarisWorks for Kids.
Curriculum Connections: Reading
MN State Standard: Read, View, Listen
MPS Grade Level Expectations: 2.1a, 3.4b, 4.3a, 4.3c, 5.1b, 5.2b
Author/Source: Lyn Lacy, Media Specialist, Keewaydin Community School