Jacqueline Coban entered the Department of Education as a paraprofessional
and later decided to pursue a teaching career. For the last four
years, she has been a special education/SETSS teacher.
Original Project by Francesco Ianni
Several of the activities were modified because the original unit was
created for a ninth grade class. Since the participants are fourth
graders with IEPs, the activities had to be modified.
Accessed the Internet to collect and interpret data.
Used technology to process data and research results.
Read and comprehended authentic documents.
Technology was widely used to complete this unit. It was used to:
-conduct a search on the NYC Dept of Ed website
-figure out the Microsoft formula to calculate %
-create Graphs & Charts using Microsoft Excel
A. Informal Assessment:
Students were required to take notes. These were reviewed to determine
if the students understood the lessons.
Students were observed for both language and content area
B. Formal Assessment:
Students final products were assessed to determine if the students had
completed them properly and to identify any areas that required further
Tips for Teachers
This unit was originally designed for ninth grade students. I wanted
to present it to my fourth graders, who are below grade level. So,
I requested the assistance of our technology teacher and we were
able to modify it for my students. Although, the activities were
different, they were still challenging.
Student Work Samples
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