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A "Teaching Children Social Studies using the Internet" project suggested by Marjorie Duby, retired practitioner at Joseph Lee School
Project name: States
Original access: Kidsphere message looking for participants by Connie Mark, a 4th grade teacher in Hawaii.
Type of project: electronic mail
Discipline(s): Geography, map skills, reading, graphing, polling
Grade level: 4th grade
Goal/objective: To familiarize students with their own state and to compare and contrast other states with their own through a similar research questioning format.
Description of the project: Information exchange of the questions will be class to class. Theme questions to research each month. Each participant will email to all participants the results of their question search by the end of each month. As each month progresses..each participant will be putting the research of their state into a multi-media format. The computer system is Macintosh or Apple. You will need to make copies of our completed multi-media project and mail a disk to each participant who finishes the State Project in March. Suggested programs to us ... KidPix, Hyper Studio, and Hypercard. The comparisons and contrasting of information will be done in your own classroom.
Time commitment: The project began in September, 1994 and ended in March, 1995
Telecommunications skills: electronic mail; possibility of distribution lists
Classroom management: There were 34 participants in this project so we would receive responses from each between the posting of one month's question and the introduction of another month's question.
November - Your mountains
March - Multi-media project
We did large group discussions of the questions, decided upon our response, had a student send the email message back. We used the questions for interpretation of regional interests. The questions we answered about our state required research. We saved the facts for later use in a HyperStudio stack about Massachusetts. We saved the correspondence in a spiral bound booklet.
Skills focus: research information about the state of Massachusetts; globe and map location skills; interpretive reading as we analyzed the information in messages we received.
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