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creating tech-tastic classroom lessons with apps and web-based tech tools VSCA Conference 2015 Lesson Plans and Activities Beth Mertens, M.A.Ed, NCC @mertensminute Lesson: 1st grade Using Kind Language App/Tech Tool: WORDPACK app ASCA Domain: Social/Emotional Development ASCA Mindset Standard: Sense of belonging in the school environment ASCA Behavior Standard, Social Skills: Use effective oral and written communication skills and listening skills Create positive and supportive relationships with other students Diocesan Guidelines Health: H.1.6b The student will demonstrate responsible Christian behavior in the school community Respect for others Reading/Language Arts: R/L1.4 The student will use strategies to comprehend a variety of printed material R/L1.4 D Recall the sequences of story events, summarize Evaluation: Class discussion, activeboard sequencing activity, and kind language role plays Lesson Discussion and Activities: 1. Ask students to describe mean language or mean words, giving them permission to say things they wouldnt normally be allowed to say. Using the wordpack app, compile their responses into an image. Ask students to select the image, guiding them to the sad faces. Discuss why the sad face is the best choice for this word cloud. Ask them to share the significance of the sad face image and explore how unkind language makes people feel. Have them predict what shape we will use at the end of todays lesson. 2. Discuss with the students the following questions: a. What does it mean to show kindness or respect? b. Why do we show kindness and respect? c. How can we show kindness and respect (solicit specific examples) and group them into the following categories: i. Using Manners ii. Giving Compliments Using a kind voice-polite questions, etc. 3. Intro the story by showing the students the pictures and asking them to predict what will happen. (The Prince and the Rhinoceros, A Indian Tale of Speaking Kindly) a. Ask the students to listen for the examples of kind language. b. Ask students to listen for the ORDER of the story-what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end. 4. After reading the story, discuss the kind language used. Talk about their prediction, was it correct or not? Did they like the story? Why or why not? 5. Using the activeboard, complete the sequencing activity with the students 6. Practice kind language with role plays: As they do the role plays, ask the class to figure out which kind of kind language they are using and suggest other ideas. 7. Project the image of the sad face wordpack and ask students how they could change it. Using their responses, create a new wordpack with examples of kind language. (Knapp, Toni. The Prince and the Rhinoceros: An Indian Tale of Speaking Kindly. In Rhinos & Raspberries: Tolerance Tales for the Early Grades. Edited by Jeff Sapp. Montgomery, AL: Teaching Tolerance, 2006.) Lesson: 1st-2nd grade Introducing the Counselor App/Tech Tool: Storybird ASCA Domain: Academic, Career, and Social/Emotional Development ASCA Mindset Standard: Belief in the development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well being ASCA Behavior Standards; Social Skills: Create relationships with adults that support success Diocesan Guidelines: Health: H2.5a: The student will recognize the influence that health resources and processionals have on personal health: health care professionals, school guidance counselors, resources and services 1. Talk to students to consider all the different jobs in a school. Have them list and describe each. Then, focus on the job of the school counselor. Explore what they think the counselor does. Discuss their answers and segue into the Storybird What does the counselor do all day? Explore how the counselor helps ALL students through classroom lessons, groups, and individual meetings. b. Review the process for scheduling an individual session. 2. . Complete Get-to-Know You game. Examples can be found here: Know Your Students Live Binder Lesson: 4th grade Anger Management App/Tech tools: Padlet and Toontastic ASCA Domain: Social/Emotional Development ASCA Behavior Standards; Self-Management Skills: Demonstrate self-discipline and self-control Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem Diocesan Guidelines: Health H.4.2: The student will develop the skills necessary for coping with difficult relationships. Key concepts include: d: development of coping skills f: practicing self control Evaluation: Creation of a cartoon using the toontastic app that includes anger signals, triggers and coping skills Lesson Discussion and Activities: 1. As a class, brainstorm examples of Anger Triggers-what are things that make a 4th grader angry? List on the padlet. See example here: 4B Learns about Anger Management 2. How do you feel when youre angry-whats the difference between being annoyed and being infuriated? Using a thermometer as a visual to explore this difference. 3. What happens if you give into those anger signals and get angry? List negative consequences. 4. How can you avoid these negative consequences? (With a cool down strategy) 5. Discuss each cool down strategy-explore when it would be effective to use each one. Ask the students: what works when you feel annoyed? What works when you feel infuriated? Why do you need to use different strategies for different feelings? a. Take a Deep Breath b. Count to 10....or 20 c. Use an I-statement or Bugs/Wishes (It bugs me when...and I wish you would...) d. BBQ (Better Be Quiet) e. Take a break/Walk away f. Exercise g. Listen to music Assessment: Have each student individually create a three panel comic with the following parameters: a. Choose a setting (see list below) and develop some characters for this setting. b. In the first box: Set up the story-who are your characters and what are they doing? c. In the second box: One of the characters is angry for some reason. Describe his/her anger signals and anger triggers. d. In the 3rd box: Show how he/she manages his/her anger by using one of our cool down strategies. 7. Separate the students into groups by setting. Each group should combine their cartoons into one: One student should contribute the characters, one should contribute the anger signals/triggers, and one should contribute the cool down technique. 8. Using the Toon Tastic App, students will create a group cartoon to share with the class. Suggested Settings from the App: In a city In the snow In the kitchen In a treehouse At school On the playground At the skatepark On the basketball court On the soccer field Lesson: 5th grade learning styles App/tech tool: Plickers ASCA Domain: Academic Development ASCA Mindset Standards: Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high quality results and outcomes ASCA Behavior Standards; Learning Strategies: Apply self-motivation and self-direction to learning Diocesan Guidelines Religion: REL.5.V.3 Virtue: Industriousness REL.5.V.4 Virtue: Orderliness Reading/Language Arts: R/L.5.10 The student will utilize study skills Assessment/Evaluation: Group Presentations, End of Unit Post Test (using plickers cards) 2. Using Power Point Games on the Activeboard, review organizational strategies, time management tips and study techniques from last year. 3. Explore how these strategies can help students succeed in 5th grade and what new skills they may need. Discuss what is different about 5th grade and what they may need to adapt in order to do their best. (i.e. more, more tests, more than one test on the same day, etc.) 4. Explain how using new study/note taking techniques could be one way to keep up with the demands of 5th grade-it could be helpful if students use strategies that match a learning style. Explain the three learning styles and have students make a prediction regarding their individual learning style. 5. Students will then complete Learning Styles Quiz and score it. Examples can be found here: Learning Style Inventories. Discuss-did your result match your prediction. Did it surprise you? What does this mean? How can we use this info to help us succeed in 5th grade? 6. Review each style and discuss characteristics. Show Video: Learning Style Strategies and explore ways to utilize each learning style. Students will choose at least 3 strategies from their primary learning style and 2 other options and take notes on each. Strategies can be found here: Learning Styles and Study Tips 7. Complete Post Test using the Plickers App. Score and review as needed. Sample Post Test Questions: 1. This student uses different colored highlighters to mark the synonyms and antonyms in the vocabulary book. (Visual) 2. This student traces her spelling words when she is studying for a test (Tactile/Kinesthetic) 3. This student reads his science vocabulary words and definitions out loud as he write his flashcards (Auditory) 8. Group activity: Group students by learning style. They are give a mock test to prepare for with a mock study guide. Using their knowledge of the learning styles they should design a study plan for the test. Students should prepare a demonstration of their study plan. 9. Present Study Plans to the class.,M.A.Ed,NCC Email:mertensminute@gmail.comProfessionalSchoolCounselor,St.TimothySchool Twitter:@mertensminute mailto:mertensminute@gmail.com