HANUKKAH UNIT - LESSON 2

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

PAGES 11-12 TWO TYPES OF MIRACLES

As the students fill out the chart to distinguish between the two types of miracles, it is time to put their creative side to the test and represent their understanding of the miracles in a different way.... using the wonderful comic strip tools of BITSTRIPS.

Many schools are already registered with BITSTRIPS, and each teacher can actually sign up her class. Steps 1-3 can be done either by the teacher or individual students.

Here are the steps to follow:


1. Please click on the following link to get to the BITSTRIPS website.

2. http://www.bitstrips.com/pageone/

3. Sign up to BITSTRIPS

4. Start by creating your own avatar (fun!!) and get familiarized with the tools of this wonderful website

5. Click on "comic" and choose the three panel layout.

6. Create an intro text panel with information on either type of miracle (definition, when it functioned most in history). Choose either a non border or caption box text bubble.

7. Create a middle panel with characters as one example for the type of miracle discussed.

8. Create a last panel explaining the example you chose to illustrate.


This can be done ofcourse in more panels than 3 and could be upgrades to two examples or more.

Here are both a link to an example of such a comic trip and a screen capture of one:

http://bitstrips.com/r/P1N69

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PAGES 14 - 16 - COMPARING THE TWO MIRACLES IN A T CHART

The students are asked to compare the miracle of the military victory over the Greeks to the miracle of the oil in a T chart according to specific category.

This SMART Notebook file can be used to invite students to check their answers in an interactive way or can be used to modify the assignment and provide the students (who might have difficulty locating the information) with the answers and asking them to categorize them/ drag them to the correct miracle.


Below is a screen capture of the Notebook file.

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PAGE 17 - HIDDEN MIRACLES IN HISTORY AND IN OUR LIVES

As the students are invited to reflect on hidden miracles in history and in their lives, they can certainly do so digitally for all to see on a site called wall wisher.
This is a free web 2.0 site that any teacher can add a wall to and invite students to express their ideas and post them. Pictures can be uploaded as well. The site can then be exported as a PDF and emailed or printed.


Here is a link to the wall I created with examples as well as a screen capture:


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