UNIT SUMMARY Teacher introduces some of the major inventions and discoveries from around the world from the areas of medicine, printing and technology (DNA, Internet-Google). Teacher will model reading and synthesizing important information from a text. As a group teacher and students will discuss and prioritize the key information that would be relevant in order to effectively synthesize the reading passage. Students will work in small groups to read a short passage from the topic of inventions. Students will list the key ideas and concepts from the short passages. They will whole-group share the main points from the reading to the class. Students will engage in a WebQuest to gather information about a discovery or invention that changed the world. Students will be given the choice to present their project using PowerPoint, Prezi or iMovie.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION What’s an invention? What’s a discovery?
UNIT QUESTIONS 1.What major inventions/discoveries changed the world? 2.What impact have inventions had on the world, your country, your city, etc? 3.Why are these inventions significant? 4.Who are the most notable inventors of all times? 5.How have these inventions progressed over time? 6.Which inventions will be relevant in the future?
CONTENT QUESTIONS 1.When, who, how was (X-ray, DNA, Google) invented/discovered? 2.What are other uses of X-Ray technology? 3.What effect has the invention had on the world? 4.What kind of information does DNA provide? 5.What contributions has DNA technology made to day-t- day living? 6.What is a search engine? What is Google used for and how does it help us?
UNIT OBJECTIVES Students will be able to: Conduct online research Effectively synthesize information through skimming and scanning Design a presentation module Meaningfully showcase their findings Work collaboratively with their partner Speak clearly, fluently, with effective tone, stress and intonation Effectively, clearly and creatively communicate their knowledge through their final projects Present using proper eye contact, body language and overall presentation skills Demonstrate a clear understanding of the information being presented Complete an online peer and self evaluation survey Publish an online journal reflection Use past, present and future tenses to present the information
ASSESSMENT SUMMARY In the beginning of the unit students are given a question in order to activate their schema/prior knowledge about inventions and discoveries. Students have a discussion and about the impact inventions/discoveries have had on the world. The students list various inventions/discoveries and describe their purpose. Teacher is able to assess the students overall understanding about how inventions/discoveries have changed the world. Before, during and after the lesson teacher will use a K-W- H-L chart to help focus students learning and research. Students will discuss what they know and what questions they still have about inventions/discoveries. Teacher will format questions to give students a purpose for research. The students will also discuss what tools they can use to find the answers to their questions. Teacher and students will discuss methods of presenting and sharing their findings. Teacher will continue to format meaningful questions to keep students focused and on track. During the project teacher will use a research rubric to gauge student’s research skills and provide students with continuous feedback. After the unit teacher and students will revisit K-W-H-L chart to discuss what they learned about inventions/discoveries. Partners will share what information they found about their specific invention/discovery that they researched. Teacher will use an oral presentation rubric to assess students based on content and communication skills. The teacher will also use a writing rubric to assess the students written report based on content, language, organization and mechanics. Finally, students will complete an online self-evaluation survey based on their presentation skills as they watch their own presentation video.