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Sea Life Exploration

Name: Samantha Ng
School: P. S. 124
Address: 40 Division St.
City: New York, NY, 10002
Original Project: Sea Life Exploration
Author: Eleanor Christian
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/echristian/sealife.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I modified some of the activities for my first grade and included art and technology.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Be introduced to the non-fiction genre
  Research and learn about different kinds of sea animals
  Choose one sea animals and create a slide show using Kidpix

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Students used Kidpix to create a slide show of their sea animals. They used the Kidpix program to create a title page, a diagram of the sea animal and a writing piece about the sea animal.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students were assessed by teacher observation on their research and the on-going activities. Students needed to understand the technology used in our non-fiction study. Students needed to label parts of the animals on diagrams.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Ng has been teaching at PS 124 for ten years. She taught one year in second grade and nine years in first grade. Ms. Ng has degrees in mathematics and education from Hunter College.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: As part of the unit, students went on trips and experienced hands-on activities to help them with their research. Students took both a self-guided tour of the New York Aquarium and attended a students' workshop on sharks. Students enjoyed and learned a lot when they were having fun. Students were proud and had fun when working on their slide shows.

Samples of Student Projects

  Using Kidpix to create a diagram of a shark.
  Using Kidpix to create a diagram of a starfish.
  Using Kidpix to create a diagram of a sea turtle.


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