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Making Science/Literature Connections: El Guero

Project URLhttp://teachnet-lab.org/ps101/awoloshin/elguerocover.htm

How it works:
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. 

Standards addressed:  
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 meetings.

Materials used:
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.

The students:
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.

Overall value:
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. 
 
Tips: 
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.

E-mail: hwoloshin@aol.com

Subject Areas:
English
Science

Grade Levels: 5

 

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