Lesson Recipes

Designing Learning Opportunities with Digital Resources

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Big Idea: Lead with learning objective

  • How do you normally teach this concept? (P- in TPACK)
  • What content you have available to support teaching this concept (C- in TPACK)
  • What technology tools could enhance this lesson in a meaningful way? (T- in TPACK)
  • How might the lesson change as a result of the enhancement provided by the technology? (P-in TPACK shift)

Warning (A.K.A Soap Box)

This is not about the apps and tools we will use but HOW we use these apps and resources to help students interact and explore concepts. Each of these lessons could be modified to use different apps and resources. To help us think about the possibilities we will treat the tools, apps, and resources as ingredients and the lessons we create as different recipes.

Recipe Set 1: Icecream

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Recipe 1: Patterns

  • Students explore patterns with blocks or other manipulatives.
  • Give TIME for students to create their own patterns.
  • Give TIME for students to explore the patterns their peers made and talk about them.
  • Thinking Routine: What is going on here (in their pattern)? What makes you say that? How would the pattern change if... (add or remove manipulatives)?
  • Students can create their own pattern and take a picture with the camera.
  • Then they can use Skitch to explain the pattern (use arrows, labels, and text to help in their pattern explanation).
  • Share it with the small group.
  • Share on the Padlet.
  • Mas Preguntas: Where do you see patterns? Where do you see too similar patterns with different materials/mediums? What do you notice? What still puzzles you? Take a picture of a pattern that puzzles you.

Recipe 2: Inherited Traits vs. Learned Behaviors

  • To demonstrate their thinking/understanding following discussion of inherited traits vs. learned behaviors
  • Students find a partner
  • Take a picture of partner (or could do selfie)
  • Open picture in Skitch
  • Discuss with partner which traits you notice about yourself that you believe are inherited. What about learned behaviors? What makes you say that?
  • Use the text tool, arrows, and annotations to differentiate between a couple of your inherited traits and learned behaviors.
  • Use a different color to ask yourself- What still puzzles you? Is there a particular characteristic of yourself that you are unsure where it belongs? Discuss.
  • Share on the Padlet. Discuss the puzzles as a group.
  • Mas Preguntas: What learned behavior would you like to work on this year? Why? What steps can you take to make it happen?

Recipe 3: Vocabulary Metacognition

  • Students exploring word meaning and making inferences.
  • Use the screenshot trick to take a picture of what is on the screen (in this case something the student is reading).
  • The screenshot will go to your camera roll.
  • Open the screenshot in Skitch
  • Students can use the highlighter and text tools to note words they do not know and demonstrate their thinking about what the word might mean and why.
  • Students can use the arrow tool to point specifically to the "clues" in the text that helped them come up with a hypothesis about what the word means.
  • Share to padlet and discuss as a group. Were there words that many students struggled with?

*Sample passage Retrieved from http://www.adaptedmind.com/rpassage.php?lessonId=117

Now, we add an ingredient...

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Recipe 4: Maps & Metacognition

  • Give students TIME to look at these two maps and make observations.
  • Students can use the skitch tools to demonstrate their thinking about the maps.
  • What do you notice about the changes that occurred between 1453 and 1648?
  • What makes you say that?
  • What still puzzles you regarding these maps and the changes that occurred?
  • Students can share their observations on the Padlet and discuss.

What other recipes can you create with your students?

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