Project # 13
Project based learning lesson plan
A Day In The Life Of Worker Ants
Duration : 225 to 250 minutes
Subject: English, Science
Grade Level: 3rd
Project Idea Summary:
Students are to do online research about worker ants. Students are to use the research they found online to create a short story, and illustrate it about if they were the worker ant for a day. They are to write about what they would do, what problems they might encounter, and how they would solve those problems.
Students are to then get into groups and read over each others stories. Each student would get and give feed back from their group members and also give feed back to their group members. Students would then revise their stories and illustrate them. All the stories would then be made into a book called A Day In The Life Of Worker Ants. A podcast would then be made of the book with each students reading their story. The podcast would then be posted on the class blog page. The teacher would then teach students how to upload the Podcast to each students personal blog page.
ELA(3) 9. Compose narrative text using an introductory paragraph, specific time frames, clear sequencing of events and conclusions.
TC2(3-5) 8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
ELA2010(3) 24. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear events sequences.
21st Century Competencies To Be Taught and Assessed:
Creativity and innovation
Show Youtube video about worker ants
Formative Assessments (during the project )
Summative Assessment (end of the project)
Written products by using rubric
Oral Presentation by using rubric
Class blog page
Computers with internet access
pen, paper, crayons, and markers
Computers with microphone
Whole class discussion
Writing in daily journal
Some students might have problems using computers for research and uploading the podcast to their blog page. If this problem happens teachers should have time put aside to work with those students having problems individually on the computers.