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Travel with Me: A Guide for Students

Project URL:
http://teachnet-lab.org/ps115/travel/webpage/index.htm

How it works:
Students create a double-sided travel brochure, with three columns on either side, that highlights at least three places of interest in the Caribbean island of the student's choice. They research a Caribbean island and design their brochure, add a cover page and short descriptions of places of interest to the students; insert clip art; scan drawings, photos, and maps; and include relevant telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. The purpose of the project  is to develop strategies for researching and evaluating material through the integration of technology, social studies, English language arts, and mathematics in the final project presentation to the class.

Standards addressed:  
Students listen, speak, read, and write for information and understanding; use knowledge from oral, written, and electronic texts; collect data, facts, and ideas developing relationships between the data; and interpret, apply, and transmit the information in the form of a persuasive travel brochure. They use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their points of view, and employ a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of geography of the world in which they live--local, national, and global.

Materials used: 
Required materials include computers with Internet access and Kidspiration, Kidpix, MS Word and MS Publisher software, a color printer, a scanner, pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, paper, folders, and index cards.

The students:
The student population is mainly from the Dominican Republic and their ages range from nine to thirteen years old. They are of average intelligence and their computer skills vary from beginning to intermediate levels.  They  work in small groups, paired by ability-- beginners with intermediate learners. They are all English Language Learners and are bilingual. 

Overall value:
The program's best feature is the opportunity for the students to see their written, drawn, compiled, and researched work displayed in a neat, comprehensive brochure that they can display and hand out to friends and family. They can use this same concept in the future to create a job or career for themselves. Students will gain confidence in  their abilities. Affective studies have shown that a positive self-esteem contributes significantly to a student's motivation and productivity in class. 

Tips: 
Invite a neighborhood travel agent to visit the classroom and discuss his\her occupation. Invite students to make their own drawings of the sites and maps, and have them bring their own personal photographs from home. Ask parents for permission to use the photos in the brochures and for Internet use. Make sure the partners in each group are working well together and dividing the work equally.  Provide enough time to revise and complete the work. Check on the children that are not keeping up with the rest of the class and suggest before- and after-school time for completion. 
  

 

About the teacher:
Rosemary Del Valle is a bilingual staff developer training new and experienced elementary school teachers in bilingual literacy and English as a Second Language methodology. Fabio A. Marrero is the Technology Coordinator for P.S.115 Manhattan. He assists elementary school teachers with the integration of technology in the curriculum areas.

E-mail:
fabiomarrero@hotmail.com

Subject Areas: 
Social Studies
Language Arts

Grade Levels: 
4-6

 

 

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