1. Topic

Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James



2. Content

This lesson is about blue whales because that is what the story
that we read is about. The students will get to see how long a blue
whale really is to get the lesson started and then they will create
presentations on blue whales using Ipads. 


3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes

1. Learn how to create a slideshow using an Ipad.
2. Learn how to read nonfiction text and do research.
3. Learn the true length of a blue whale. 


4. Objectives

1. SWBAT examine the actual length of a blue whale.
2. SWBAT read nonfiction information with fluency, comprehension and
understanding.
3. SWBAT design a slideshow presentation using the facts they learn
about blue whales using an Ipad. 


5. Procedures/Methods

A. Introduction
1. I will ask the students what we have learned so far about blue
whales and write them on the board.
2. I will ask the students if they remember how long a blue whale
is, and then explain that we will go and measure out how long a blue
whale really is.
3. I will set the rules for being in the hallway before we go out
to stretch the yarn out.
4. The students and I will go out and stretch the 100 foot long yarn
so that the students can see how long a blue whale really is. 


B. Development
1. After we have seen how long a blue whale is, I will send them
back into the classroom to their seats.
2. Students will receive an information sheet about blue whales that
they will read and take out the most important information that they
found and write sentences.
3. Once this is done, I will show students how to use the Ipad app
"Haiku Deck" and how to create a presentation about blue whales using
the new app. 


C. Practice
1. Once I've shown how to use it and tell them what the criteria
is for it, the students will be asked to get out their Ipads and to
get started on their own presentations.
2. I will walk around to help students with the new program and give
assistance to any student who needs it.
3. Students should have up to 3 slides (including a title page) and
they must have both pictures and text. 


D. Independent Practice
1. Once I can see that students are figuring out how to use the
program, I will have them do their own research and design.
2. Students are allowed to use facts from the story or the information
sheet that they received. 


E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)
1. I will give verbal instruction to those who do not understand
the program and show them how to use it and put their own information
in.
2. If a student couldn't do the project at all, I would have them
create a mini fact book on paper with crayons. 


F. Checking for understanding
The assessment for this lesson is the slideshow presentation. All
slideshows must have 3 slides, a title page, and information from
the story or from the information sheet that was given in the beginning.
This assessment will show if the students know how to pick out important
nonfiction information and put it into their own creative slideshow
using the technology that we have in the classroom. 


G. Closure
1. I will have students stop where they are before recess and have
them save their presentation.
2. If they finish their presentation before recess, I will have them
read Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James independently. 


7. Evaluation

Students will be able to create a slideshow presentation with nonfiction
facts that are 3 slides long, have a title page, facts about blue
whales, and pictures by the end of this lesson. 

