Fourth Grade Links

 

Technology Integration for Fourth Graders

Topic

Website/File

Activity

Project

Measurement (weight)

Complete the tutorial before using the triple balance beam. Individual

Time and Measurement Vocabulary

Time and Measurement Video

Lesson created by Forester 4th grade.
Lesson also available on NISD Lesson Collaboratory.

iPod Lesson

This is a very basic lesson introducing the time and measurement unit vocabulary terms. Students pause ipod and write down lesson.

Individual

Cloud Types

Additional Cloud Photos

More Cloud Photos

Complete the flip book you created for your notes. Individual

2- and 3-Dimensional Shapes

3-Dimensional Shape Video

3-Dimensional Shape Handout

Lesson created by Murnin 4th grade.
Lesson also available on NISD Lesson Collaboratory.

iPod Lesson:

Materials Needed: Ipods, 3D Video, 3 Dimensional Shapes sheet, piece of paper, 3 Dimensional Shapes

1. TW hand out ipods, head phones, and 3 Dimensional Shape Sheet to students.
2.  While watching video the first time students will take AVID notes on each vocabulary term.  Students will be told they can pause the video at any time if needed.
3.  After taking AVID notes on all of the vocabulary terms students need to watch the video again.  While watching the video students need to answer questions 1-7.  After answering all those questions students need to turn video off and answer questions 8-15 independently.
4.  For students who need more assistance teacher needs to pull them to the back table.  Teacher needs to make sure students bring a sheet of paper with them.  Teacher will give each student a 3-Dimensional shape and students will take AVID notes.  AVID notes will consist of the same words as on the video. 
5.  When those students are done taking AVID notes they will watch the ipod video and fill in the sheet questions 1-7.  Students will then answer questions 1-8 independently.

Individual

TEXAS Webquest

Question 1

Questions 2-5

Questions 6-7

Questions 8-10

Question 11

Questions 12-13

Questions 14-15

Part 1
Complete the questions on the handout.

Part 2
When complete, use the information from the Webquest and the information you learned in class to complete one of the following about Texas and Texas history:

A Glog, MS Publisher brochure, MS Photostory, a class Animoto slideshow with drawings in SumoPaint or KidPix, a crossword or search-n-find puzzle from Puzzlemaker, trading cards from Big Huge Labs, or a collage in MS PowerPoint.

Individual or Partners

Famous Texans

Texans Biography Websites

Complete library and computer lab research.

1) Create a glog with your notes. Include such items as research, photos, produced videos, blabberize videos, videos created in the classroom with props, word clouds (Wordle), Vokis, character poems, headlines of important accomplishments, etc. 
2)Videotape an interview with yourself as the famous Texan and another student as the interviewer. Type out scripts beforehand and practice the interview before recording. Use iPod Touches to record. Edit on the computer in Windows Movie Maker and produce.

Library Research Project

Individual

Example of Glog

Severe Weather

 

Big 6 Project

1) Tornadoes-Brain POP
2) Tornado video
3) Tornadoes

1) Hurricanes-Brain POP
2) Hurricane video
3) Hurricanes

1) Floods-Brain POP
2) Floods

1) Ice and Hail-United Streaming
2) Snow and Ice
3) Hail

1) Drought- United Streaming
2) Drought

Weather Photo Gallery

FEMA for Kids
Emergency Plans
Tornado Safety Video

Texas News Stories

Weather Tools:
1) Miami Museum of Science
2) Weather Wiz Kids
3) CyberSleuth Kids

 

Divide students into groups according to weather type. Students will use the videos and websites to answer the following questions:

1) Describe your severe weather.
2) How is life impacted by this weather? Think about how the economy, tourism, communities, and natural resources are affected.
3) What are the emergency plans for your type of severe weather? (include home, school, and community)
4) Find examples that have happened in Texas. (include date and location)
5) What scientific tools are used to measure this weather? Explain and give samples.

1) Create a Photostory or video project with your research. You may take on the character of someone who is experiencing or has experienced the particular severe weather, report your research findings. Props are essential.
2) Create a PSA (Public Service Announcement) to educate a group on the severe weather you researched. Props are essential. See examples.
3) Use newspaper clipping to report your own weather news.
4) Create a Publisher brochure with research.
5) Create a newspaper article in Publisher. 

Library Research Project

Class, groups, and individuals

Tornado PSA Video (WMM)

Tornado2 PSA Video (WMM)

Hurricane News Video (WMM)

Floods Info Video (PS3)

Hurricane Info Video (PS3)

Floods Brochure

Drought Newspaper Article

 

The Dust Bowl

Dust Bowl

Children's Life during the Dust Bowl

Modern American Poetry-About the Dust Bowl

Impacts of the Dust Bowl

Surviving the Dust Bowl

Answer the questions on the handout.

Digital Storytelling-Create a photo or find a photo of the Dust Bowl era that is copyright-friendly to use in this project. Take on the persona of a person living through the Dust Bowl years. Write a script of what life was like and record your experience with Audacity. Merge the narration and photo in PhotoStory 3 to help others understand the hardships of this period in American History.
Extensions: 

Create several days' experiences in a visual journal in PhotoStory or group with classmates to create experiences from individuals in the same community. 
Dress up and use props to create a photo from this time period. User Black and White effects on Picture Painter, Sumo Paint, or other program to date your photo.
Create newspaper articles about the hardships experienced at this time.

Individual

Groups

Erosion and Weathering - Similarities and Differences

Erosion

Weathering

Weathering Pictures

Research erosion and weathering. Focus on similarities and differences as you write your notes. Create a chart or venn diagram comparing and contrasting erosion and weathering.

Sustainable Project - Take photos of weathering and erosion examples around the school. Use photos in Inspiration to create a web comparing weathering and erosion. Include definitions.Turn in project to school administrators to show projects that might need maintenance attention on the school campus.

For additional information, view videos on United Streaming on both weathering and erosion.

Individual

Soil & Erosion

The Dirt on Soil-Part 1

The Dirt on Soil-Part 2

1) Plant plants in the outdoor classroom. Research the appropriate mixture of soil for the plants you will be using.
2) Observe worms in a glass container and later introduce them to your plants. 

Record the progress of plants or of worms and their importance in a blog. Take plenty of photos and video. Include sketches and plans for your garden.

Individual

Explorers

Why Explorers Explored the World

Spanish Explorers -World Book

The LaSalle Shipwreck Project

Explorers of the Millennium

Complete the scavenger hunt for information.

Use Microsoft Word to describe the accomplishments of one of the Explorers. Then, give the perspective of the natives in the areas that the Explorers conquered. The perspectived can also be captured with video or with photos.

 Individual

Ocean

Ocean Food Web

Creatures of the Deep Sea

The Living Sea

Chain Reaction

1) Ocean Food Web--create cards with each organism. As a class, create an ocean food web on butcher paper. Remove a card from the web and discuss its effect. Then choose one organism and tell what it eats and what eats it using Inspiration. Create pictures in Kid Pix and insert them in the Inspiration web. Students may work in pairs or individually.
2) Draw your animal in KidPix. Use Blabberize and Audacity to create a video of your animal stating important information on itself and its role in the ocean web.

Class and individual

Kemp's Ridley
Sea Turtle

Kemp's Ridley
Sea Turtle Hotlist

Complete the attached handout.
Other suggested activities--
Write a paragraph about your research..
Create a "Save The Sea Turtles" campaign that includes two or more of the following (students may work in pairs or small groups):
-a web page
-a poster
-a letter or email to a public official
-a commercial using video
-a multimedia computer presentation using PowerPoint or PhotoStory 3
-write a profile about someone who is committed to saving sea turtles
-create t-shirt iron-ons using designs created in KidPix, SumoPaint, or MS Word.

Class and small groups

Texas Geography

Texas Regions

Texas Environmental Profiles

Texas Towns by Region

1) Create a wiki which includes the different regions of the state. Include photos and all important information about the area.
2) Create a glog.
3) Make a "Flat Tex" similar to "Flat Stanley". Send Flat Tex to different towns and cities in Texas and record popular events or stories, weather, climate, landforms, etc. to return to the classroom. Photos and stories can be posted in a class blog.
4) Create a KidPix picture with a Texas region and details. Label landforms and important aspects.

 

Small groups

Example of glog

Adaptations

Animal Adaptations

Amazing Animal Senses

Build Your Wild Self

Switcheroo Zoo-Create your own animal

For more, see 5th grade

Complete the handout using "Animal Adaptations".

1) Type a story in MS Word on a creature created on Build Your Wild Self.
2) Use a VoiceThread to post creatures and narrate stories or adaptation descriptions.
3) Create an animal in Switcheroo Zoo. Create a Descriptive poem as listed on the 5th grade projects site.

Pairs and individuals
Biographies

Encyclopedia Britannica

Kids Search

Biographies

Notable Scientists

People

Famous Artists for Kids

Biographies for Kids -Presidents

Biographies for Kids

Great Websites for Kids-Biographies

Use the following resources to help with note-taking and creation of a biography project.

Big 6 Research Resources
**The Big 6 for Kids in grades 3-5
**Big 6 Online Organizer
**Notes Organizer

The Biography Maker

Biography Writers Workshop

Pairs and individuals

Student Projects