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Title:
Exploring the Grand Canyon

Role:
To provide information, graphics, and reference material needed to complete a presentation on the Grand Canyon national park.

Students:
Sixth graders.

Objectives:
To introduce the national parks service to the students. To increase awareness of national park vacations. To use the Internet as a tool to research fun activities.

Length of Lesson:
Two hours.

The Instruction:
Assign a presentation to the students. The students will be required to give a ten minute oral/written presentation to the class about a nation park. The presentation will include: park name, location, points of interest, special activities available, weather and safety information. Have the students use the Internet (http://www.nps.gov) to obtain information.

Assessment:
The students will be graded based on their oral and written presentation. Grading will be based on writing and speaking skills, and completeness of information.

Special Notes for the Instructor:
Information on the national parks and monuments can be found at http://www.nps.gov

Author's Name Michael George

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Title:
Visiting Iowa

Role:
To provide information and photographs to aid in student visualization of the topic.

Students:
Sixth graders.

Objectives:
To show students about life in another state.

Length of Lesson:
One hour.

The Instruction:
Have students go to the Iowa homepage and learn about points of interest and historical facts relating to Iowa.

Assessment:
A 500 word paper describing one or more interesting fact about Iowa will be due one week after the assignment.

Special Notes for the Instructor:
Iowa homepage is at http://www.profiles.iastate.edu/places/attract.htm

Author's Name Michael George

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Title:
Spain - The History, Language Expression, Creative Arts, Sports, and Cities

Role:
The Internet will supply the students with all the information the will need for the reports that they will turn in. No other form of information will give the students more information.

Students:
Grade Level-3,4,5,

Objectives:
Developing an understanding of how others live, think, and react to different situations in our global village. Developing an understanding of the affects different events, styles,disasters, and diversity have on the world around us. Demonstrating an appreciation for the differences between people who are different in many ways.

Length of Lesson:
The lesson on Spain will last approx. 2 weeks The second lesson on any Country the student picks will last 6 weeks.

The Instruction:
The Teachers job is to guide the students through the first project, fully and completely. Being sure they understand where and how to find and retrieve all the information the student would like to include in the report to be turned in. In the second lesson, the teacher will provide the students with the free-time needed to complete the assignment.Also, assist as needed.

Assessment:
The students will turn a folder with the information they have put together: including maps, flags, and any historical events, they deem necessary to mention

Special Notes for the Instructor:
Author's Name Meta Hoskins

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Title:
Research Paper "USS Arizona"

Role:
Students will use the Internet to locate research information about the World War I and World War II war ship "The USS Arizona." All research will be done through the use of the Internet.

Students:
The students are in a high school American history class. Each student has had some exposure to using the Internet.

Objectives:
- Students will use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about the USS Arizona.
- Students Will write a research paper about the USS Arizona

Length of Lesson:
The Internet research portion of this lesson will take approximately 1 hour. Writing the research paper should take approximately 2 hours. Total lesson length

The Instruction:
- Students will access the Internet and search for information about the USS Arizona. Students will search for information on the construction, history, and commissions of the USS Arizona. This research may be done individually by each student or in small groups of 3 to 5 students.
- Students will record all Internet addresses where they find information about the USS Arizona.
- Using the research data found on the Internet to write a paper about the USS Arizona.

Assessment:
The research paper will be graded by the teacher, and the Internet addresses will be recorded for future reference and student use.

Special Notes for the Instructor:
An excellent site with numerous links with information about the USS Arizona is: http://dizzy.library.edu/images/USS_Arizona/USS_Arizona.html

Author's Name Gail Kaltz

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Title:
Sweden Tourism

Role:
Students will access tourism information about Sweden.

Students:
Secondary School Students - Freshmen 9th grade.

Objectives:
To teach the students how to do research and to organize their research into a sensible arrangement. Provide a list of reasons about why Sweden would be an attractive tourist destination, or why it may not be (based possibly on current currency exchange rates, etc.).

Length of Lesson:
One class hour.

The Instruction:
The students are to develop two written lists, why Sweden would be a desirable tourist destination and why Sweden would not be a desirable tourist destination. Students may include subjective opinions in their lists such as Sweden has a lot of sail boating and I do not like to sail. All items on each list must be backed up by factual information regarding tourism obtained from the Internet.

Assessment:
I will assess the lists submitted by each student for organizational arrangement and clarity of items presented on both lists and supporting factual information. Do their arguments for and against make sense?

Special Notes for the Instructor:
Sweden has a superb web site for tourism, incorporating superior graphics for the vacation facilities they offer.

Author's Name Chuck Lynch

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Title:
Civil War Net Sites, news letters and questions between classrooms located near civil war battle sites.

Role:
1.source of information. 2.communication via e-mail

Students:
grade 8-12.

Objectives:
1.make students aware of locale history and how it relates to world events,perhaps a more personal hands on look at history than just reading a text book. 2.increase computer skills.

Length of Lesson:
3-6 weeks, to coincide with in class discussion and lecture on causes, events and aftermath of the civil war.

The Instruction:
students are are divided into groups.each group will be assigned a part of the class project(news letter). Using the Internet students will locate and download information concerning subject matter (local civil war events). Students will create a electronic news letter discussing local events. Using the Internet students will communicate with other classrooms.linked classrooms should exchange news letters and web address with each other including any suggestion concerning research methods.

. Assessment:
1.content and style of news letter. 2.amount and quality of research material. 3.cooperation between team members 4.standard personalized test (subject matter)

Special Notes for the Instructor:
field trips to local sides may be helpful.

Author's Name dale phillips

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Title:
World Geography

Role:
The Internet will be used as a research tool

Students:
Students will be of the middle school level

Objectives:
Identify various locations throughout the world and be able to give a brief summary of it's climate and people

Length of Lesson:
This lesson will last throughout the semester

The Instruction:
Students will use the Internet to discover the world one continent at a time. Via the Internet, they will learn the climate of each area and also a brief history of that area.

Assessment:
Assessment will be through worksheets and essays

Special Notes for the Instructor:
Instructors should be familiar with the Virtual Tourist and various weather search instruments

Author's Name Shawn Rogers

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Title:
Comparing and Contrasting Greek/Roman Mythology

Role:
The role of the Internet will be to help the children to become more familiar with the computer and the role of the Internet in particular. The Internet in this lesson will be a tool for the students to look up and retrieve information.

Students:
The students for this particular lesson would be students in the 8th grade through high school age. I do not feel this lesson would be too difficult for special education high schoolers as well as regular education children.

Objectives:
1. Students will gain knowledge of the difference between the Greek and Roman mythology.
2. Students will become familiar with the Internet and review computer skills.
3. Children will review social skills by working in groups to come to a common conclusion.

Length of Lesson:
This lesson can take anywhere from one week to maybe up to six weeks depending on

The Instruction:
I would spend about a wee preparing the students and getting them familiar with some Greek and Roman myths. After the students have a good grasp of the lesson I would then break them up into groups of three and have them work on the Internet through the Webcrawler and have them choose one Roman myth and one Greek myth and prepare a 5-minute speech comparing the two in front of the class. They will have one week to complete this task.

Assessment:
By having them prepare a paper and a speech for in class presentation.

Special Notes for the Instructor:
None really, just be creative with the Greek/Roman theme.

Author's Name Summer Sites

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Title:
What is a myth? Students will be exploring to find out what myths are. They can explore any type they want. There is a wide range.

Role:
The role of the Internet will be used as a research tool. I will be providing worksheets and to accomodate their learning and understanding. I will also have various books that may aid them in their research.

Students:
My students are in the fourth grade.

Objectives:
- to understand what a myth is.
- to be able to distinguish between fact and make believe. - students can learn of different cultural beliefs. - how different cultures see things in different ways.

Length of Lesson:
This lesson should take about a week to two weeks. (depends on the time you have available.

The Instruction:
The students will be using the Internet to find examples of myths in other cultures and time. They will be able to pick any era or people they want. I will provide worksheets to help them with terms and ideas. Sometimes it is hard for children to understand the ideas of other cultures. I will be there to answer any questions they might have. I will also try to incorporate some guest speakers, if it is possible. (for example, I could talk to some of the Indian reservations around the area and see if they would come in and talk to the children about their present day or past myths). The children will be allowed to work in groups of 3 or less. After we are finished with the core of the lesson I will ask each group to make up their own myths.

Assessment:
I will have my children give an oral report or a presentation. I can also informally interview them and gain more information of their understanding.

Special Notes for the Instructor:
The British and Celtic era have a lot of information. http://pubpages.unh.edu/~obsiren/myth.htm#celt

Author's Name Alicia Thomas

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Title:
Discovering Portugal

Role:
The Internet will be used as a form of information for the students. They will be required to hook on and find information about the country that will help them with their final project. Their final project will be an assessment for the teacher. They can choose a creative and innovated way to present the information they have learned.

Students:
My students are an average 5th grade classroom of around 30 students. I will allow the children to decide if they want to work in groups or individually.

Objectives:
At the end of this lesson the students should be able to: 1. List the major regions of Portugal. 2. Name the capital and major cities. 3. Speak and translate some basic Portuguese words and phrases. 4. Describe cultural differences between Portugal and the United States. 5. Distinguish between Portugal and the U.S. monetary systems. 6. Describe the set up of the Portuguese government.

Length of Lesson:
The estimated length of this lesson will be 6 weeks. This allows adequate research time for class projects.

The Instruction:
After introducing the country to my students with some broad facts, I will encourage my students to use classroom and home resources to find out all they can about Portugal. Each week of the 6 weeks I will introduce a major fact about Portugal to discuss. The remaining of the class time devoted to learning about a foreign country will be solely facilitating. The students will be encouraged to find their own knowledge about Portugal.

Assessment:
At the end of the 6 weeks The students will be responsible to provide a creative and innovated way to share their new knowledge with the class. They will need to get their presentation approved by the teacher before actually presenting it.

Special Notes for the Instructor:
Author's Name Dawne Young

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