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Prepared by Pamela P Cook, Department of Education, Notre Dame College of Ohio

LESSON PLAN TEMPLATE


UNIT: Science
GRADE LEVEL: Grade 5
TOPIC: The phases of the moon
THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are the phases of the moon?
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Students will use web-based resources to demonstrate and identify the position
of the earth, moon, and sun for each phase of the moon. Students will also explain why there are phases
of the moon and describe basic characteristics of the moon.
CONTENT STANDARDS ADDRESSED BY PROJECT: ESS.35.5b: Compare or contrast the sun,
planets, and moons that are found in the solar system. ESS.35.5c Identify what can be found in the
solar system.
STUDENT TECHNOLOGY STANDARD ADDRESSED BY PROJECT: 1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using
technology.
Students:
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
LEARNING/INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES:
MATERIALS/RESOURCES (includes URLs for Internet research):
1. Computer
2. Internet Access
a. Mwallaceed301.weebly.com
b. Youtube.com
3. Projector
4. Pencil
5. Notebooks
6. Construction paper or Computer paper
7. Colored pencils/ markers/ crayons
8. Scissors

Prepared by Pamela P Cook, Department of Education, Notre Dame College of Ohio

PROJECT HAND-IN: The students will hand in the project they created on the different
phases of the moon.
RUBRIC This is an example listed below of what criteria one would use for grading the
student on the learning activity (the criteria should relate directly back to the student
objectives and what rating is appropriate for the student.
Criteria
The student shows evidence that
they can identify the different
phases of the moon.
The student shows evidence that
they can develop criteria for the
different phases
The student shows evidence that
they can collect facts through
research
The student shows evidence that
they can give a presentation
highlighting important facts on
the phases
The student shows proper use of
language in their writing and
speaking
The student shows evidence of
being able to use the Internet,
word process and presentation
software (if applicable) for their
project

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Prepared by Pamela P Cook, Department of Education, Notre Dame College of Ohio

LESSON PLAN EXAMPLE


UNIT: English/Language Arts
GRADE LEVEL: 4th Grade
TOPIC: Hero Characteristics
THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What characteristics does a hero possess?
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The students through brainstorming will identify what a hero is and then each
student will research his/her hero. In the electronic and non-electronic research, the students will gather
information about their hero which will include background/family information, personal characteristics,
and professional and personal achievements.
CONTENT STANDARDS ADDRESSED BY PROJECT (those listed below come from Language
Arts developed by the National Teachers
o Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate text
o Student adjust their use of spoken, written and visual language to communicate effectively with a
variety of audiences and for different purposes
o Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions and by
posing problems. They gather, evaluate and synthesize data from a variety of sources to
communicate knowledge.
STUDENT TECHNOLOGY STANDARD ADDRESSED BY PROJECT: (use ISTE Student Standards)
o Basic Operations and concepts Students are proficient in the use of technology (word processing, Internet)
o Technology Research Tools Students use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a wide
variety of sources
o Technology Research Tools Students use technology tools to process data and report results
o Technology Productivity Tools Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technologyenhanced models, prepare publications and product other creative works
LEARNING/INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES:
1. Students will define what is a hero and reflect on what characteristics contribute to
heroism
2. Based on each students hero, the class will develop criteria for heroism
3. Students will identify important aspects of a persons life
4. Students will present their hero and address the issue of hero characteristics

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MATERIALS/RESOURCES (includes URLs for Internet research):


o Multimedia encyclopedia
o Word processing program
o Internet access
o Sample URLs:
www.nara.gov/nara/president/address.html (presidential libraries)
www.energy.ca.gov/education/scientists/ (super scientists)
www.nwhp.org/ (national womens history project)
www.classicalinsites.com/live/hallfame/ (classical musicians and
composers)
www.AmericanWest.com/ (American West cowboys, authors, women)
www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/ (African American History
Challenge)
www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/Delta/2165/ (Great Renaissance and
Impressionist Artists
www.newsltr.com/rolemodel/welcome.html (current role models on the
web)

RUBRIC: Note the criteria below connect with the student objectives and are content
based, but there is one criteria that addresses technology.

PROJECT HAND-IN:
o Computer word processing files that include the following:
o Definition of hero
o Research notes
o Hero report

Prepared by Pamela P Cook, Department of Education, Notre Dame College of Ohio

REPORT EXAMPLE

MY HERO