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Lesson Plan

What Makes our Community Special?
Subject: Technology
Grade span: 3 to 12
Duration: Several 45 to 60 minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Developing Self-Expression And Creativity
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In this lesson, students define "community" and then examine different aspects of a chosen community (for example, their classroom, school, neighborhood, or a wider area). Working in small teams, students use technology tools to discover and document unique features of their chosen community, and to collaborate on a final product -- a storybook, newsletter, electronic presentation, poster, or Web site.

Learning Goals:



Instructors should determine students' skill levels with the Internet, digital cameras, electronic spreadsheets, and electronic publishing or presentation software, and select appropriate technology tools. Instructors should also have familiarity with these tools, or enlist the help of a volunteer who does. Instructors and volunteers should rehearse the activity on their own in advance, to make sure they understand the concepts and logistics. Suggested Stations:

What to Do:

Gather essential information using technology Explain the final project Have students present their final projects to other students or adults

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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