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Tracking Armadillo's Journey

Students will use technology to track a character's journey.

Objectives

  • Students will use the World Book Atlas program on the laptop computers to track the characters journey from the story, The Armadillo from Amarillo in our Reading Basal.
  • Students will recognize the distance in miles traveled throughout the story.
  • Students will identify placement of cities on the map traveled.
  • Students will record direction he traveled using the compass rose.
  • Students will create a slideshow with the information titled Armadillos Adventure using KEYNOTE program.
  • Students will choose one of the cities traveled and research facts about it on the Internet to incorporate in the slideshow.
  • Students will present their slideshow to the class using the projector.

Procedure

  • Together we will look through the story, The Armadillo from Amarillo, and find the sequence of cities he visited in Texas on his journey.
  • Using the Promethean Board, we will make a list of these places.
  • Next, the students will use the World Book Atlas to track the miles that he traveled from Amarillo to each location.
  • On a paper map of the state of Texas, they will highlight each city to view direction he traveled using the compass rose.
  • After all the cities have been mapped, they will use the program KEYNOTE to create a slideshow of Armadillo’s journey.
  • Once they have documented the mileage traveled, they will research each city for a few facts to include on slides.
  • After all the cities have been mapped, they will use the program KEYNOTE to create a slideshow of Armadillos journey.
  • Finally, we will share the presentations using the projector.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SS.B.1.2.1
  • LA.B.2.2.4
  • LA.C.3.2.3
  • LA.D.2.2.4
  • LA.A.2.2.5

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
  • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

Materials

  • Laptop computers
  • Projector
  • Promethean Board
  • Basal Reading Book
  • Map of Texas
  • Highlighter
  • Pencils
  • Paper

Alternatives/Extensions

  • Use World Book to track miles of a family vacation. Using KEYNOTE, create a slideshow of the adventure.
  • Create a brochure of a researched city using the program PAGES.
  • Make a spreadsheet in EXCEL using information of mileage.
  • Create a bar graph with EXCEL information to view differences traveled.


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