Science/Literature Connections: El Guero
Project URL: http://teachnet-lab.org/ps101/awoloshin/elguerocover.htm
The purpose of this program is to make a connection between science
and literature. After reading the first three chapters of the
novel El Guero by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino, the students use computer technology to
do research on the Internet about the gray whale, its
physical characteristics, and its route of migration. Using the links provided by the
teacher, they fill in a database and use the acquired
information to write informative reports. The students will reproduce
the information using Apple Works.
The student produces an informative report, demonstrates an ability
to read and comprehend informational material, demonstrates knowledge of
the English language in written and oral work, and participates in group
In addition to the book El Guero: a true adventure story by
Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar, Straus, Giroux), a computer with
Internet access and a scanner is needed along with software that
includes Apple Works, Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia, Kid Pix, Netscape
Page Composer, SuperPrint, and Encarta.
El Guero is geared for students of average ability in grades 4-6.
The students need to have knowledge of the software employed, and will function best in cooperative groups with each student
assigned a specific role.
The Internet is a valuable tool for all students to gather
information, create databases, and demonstrate their creativity.
Knowledge can be gained by the mere touch of the keyboard.
Teachers should preview Web sites in advance, and make sure the
children are familiar with the necessary technology skills.
About the teacher:
Audrey Woloshin is a fifth grade teacher in an elementary school,
P.S. 101, in
Brooklyn, New York. She has been a teacher for fifteen years, and has
been a TeachNet mentee for two years.