Blog Post | Digital Storytelling Lesson Description

  1. Cooperating/Mentor Teacher and School (If applicable)
  • N/A
  1. The title of the unit of study
  • A Place I Want To Travel To
  1. The name or type of course that the unit is part of.
  • This will be a part of the Geography Unit for my second grade class. 
  1. Context of the Learning Environment | Describe key dimensions of the learning environment: e.g. number, grade of students, an overview sense of important individual differences (class, race, gender, ability, etc.) 
  • This would be a normal class size of second graders (20-25 students).
  • The class is diverse with different genders, races, and abilities. The goal of the lesson will be to advise students to learn about a country that they are unfamiliar with and do not know anything about. The digital story will represent that student “traveling” to that country and discovering new sights and history about the country. 
  1. Describe available technology for digital storytelling and the types of digital technology, hardware and software, students are already using in class.
  • This would depend on the school that I am in and what the school provides with technology. I would use the laptops or iPads that the school provides and have the students use the WeVideo platform to create their digital stories. 
  1. Description of this unit of study and how digital storytelling fits into the overall purpose and flow of the unit.
  • Students use knowledge of geographic locations, patterns and processes to show the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity and to explain the interactions that occur in an increasingly interdependent world. Students use knowledge of perspectives, practices and products of cultural, ethnic and social groups to analyze the impact of their commonality and diversity within local, national, regional and global settings.
  • A Child’s Place in Time and Space The kindergarten year is the time for children to begin to form concepts about the world beyond their own classroom and communities. Culture, heritage and democratic principles are explored, building upon the foundation of the classroom experience. Children deepen their learning about themselves and begin to form an understanding of roles, responsibility for actions and decision-making in the context of the group setting
  • Digital storytelling will give students a hand-on opportunity to experience and different country and narrate their “travel” experience.
  1. In your own words, list the most important 1-3 specific objectives/goals you have for student learning during this unit of study. State the particular concepts you expect students to understand and/or the skills/behaviors you want them to demonstrate. Use one of the following stem phrases: a) Students will be able to ….  Or b) “I can statements” framed from the students’ point of view.
  • I can form concepts about the world beyond my classroom and my community.
  • I can use knowledge of geographic locations, patterns and processes to show the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity and to explain the interactions that occur in an increasingly interdependent world.
  • I can learn about different cultures that are unlike my own and learn about the differences between my background and someone else’s. 

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