The TeachNet Project sponsored with major funding by the AT&T Learning Network,
seeks to improve student achievement by providing training, grants, networking and resource sharing to teachers at four of the Teachers Network affiliates nationwide.
Funding Provided by Alias Wavefront
This project is an introduction to research skills and
Comprehension and Analysis of Text
Students understand the structure and organization of
Students write descriptions that use concrete sensory
details to present and
Estimated Class Periods to Complete
Software and Materials Used
Computer with CD-ROM drive, writing program, and
Internet connection, Tech4Learning Clay Animation Kit with Spin
PhotoObject software, digital camera, reference materials on
animals such as books, laserdiscs, magazines, and encyclopedias,
note-taking paper, pencils, modeling clay in colors appropriate
for the animals the students have selected.
animals, animal reports, claymation, writing, report
This project is appropriate for students of varying
This project was assessed using a 100 point scale. Points
were given in the following areas:
Research (20 points maximum)
Rough Draft (20 points maximum)
Revised Report (10 points for each paragraph for a
maximum of 50 points)
Clay Figure (10 points maximum based on authenticity from research)
About the Teacher
Tracee Sudyka currently teaches third grade at Joe
Nightingale Elementary School in the Orcutt Union School
District. Tracee has been a classroom teacher for fourteen
years, and has taught grades three though six. Tracee has a
strong interest in using technology as a tool for learning.
Using technology, her students create variety of
student-centered projects each school year.