Pumpkin Life Cycle

Posted (1/02)

bulletPumpkin Life Cycle Lesson
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What:  A lesson plan focusing on the understanding of the pumpkin life cycle was created through the Internet based 8 Step Task Stream Staff Development program.  This program leads you through the creation and implementation of a technology-rich learning activity for students. The technology incorporated into this lesson was Kidspiration. The lesson plan included an overview, which summarized the activities, listed the objectives, and described the learning context.

  The materials and resources needed for the lesson were established.  The implementation portion of the lesson detailed the teaching procedures, logistics, time allotment, and student product samples.  The California Academic Content Standards fulfilled by this lesson were identified.  An assessment plan and rubric were also created.  The process encouraged reflection on the lesson results and consideration of future changes that could make the lesson more effective. A mentor that read through the lesson and provided feedback, suggestions, and thoughtful questions further supported the process. This artifact is connected to: CSTP 3.5 – Using materials, resources, and technologies to make subject matter accessible to students. 
So What: I used a variety of materials, activities, and technology to support the learning of the pumpkin life cycle.  The technology portion of this lesson added an easy, engaging way to reinforce the concept as well as assess student understanding.  The Kidspiration program allowed me to develop a template activity tailored to my students’ specific abilities and goals for learning.  I was able to use the same pictures and vocabulary previously introduced in other activities to reinforce the concepts.  The Kidspiration program allowed students to easily manipulate and place pictures of the life cycle and corresponding vocabulary in the correct order in a circular graphic organizer.  It encouraged them to reflect upon the cyclical process and gave opportunity to graphically show the process and then explain it.  The activity could then be printed out and given to students to share with their parents. 

What's Next: I would like to create further lessons that integrate technology.  I found that including a rubric for assessment helped me focus on what I needed to teach and reinforce.  It helped me see more clearly whether the standards and goals for this activity was achieved.  I want to be much more consistent in developing rubrics for future units, lessons, and activities.  I want to investigate some of the on-line web sites that allow for rubric creations. I would also like to use  Kidspiration to create more materials that suit the needs of my level of student and can engage my students in specific content goals. I have recently ordered a software program entitled "Clicker 4" that seems to offer a lot of possibilities in developing writing across the curriculum for students at various reading and writing levels. The teacher can design lessons using specific words, punctuation,  themes, and pictures. It also has an audio component that will support my emergent readers.  I am looking forward to experimenting with this software program to design lessons to meet the specific needs of my students especially my second language learners.