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Instructional Software
Lesson Idea Name: Adjectives! Let’s use them!
Content Area: Language Arts (Adjectives)
Grade Level(s): First Grade

Content Standard Addressed:
ELAGSE1L1- Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
F.- Use frequently occurring adjectives.

Technology Standard Addressed:
Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and
creativity.

Selected Technology Tool: Brain Pop

URL(s) to support the lesson (if applicable):
Brain Pop Movie: https://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/adjectives/
Senses chart: https://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/adjectives/activity/#=graphicOrganizer
Review Quiz: https://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/adjectives/quiz/
Type of Instructional Software:

☐ Drill and Practice ☐ Tutorial ☐ Simulation ☐ Instructional Game ☐ e-books/e-references



Features of this software (check all that apply):

☐ Assessment Monitoring/Reporting
☐ Allows teacher to create customized lessons for students
☐ Multi-user or collaborative functions with others in the class
☐ Multi-user or collaborative with others outside the class
☐ Accessible to students beyond the school day
☐ Accessible via mobile devices
☐ Multiple languages
☐ Safety, security and/or privacy features

Bloom’s Taxonomy Level(s):


☐ Remembering ☐ Understanding ☐ Applying ☐ Analyzing ☐ Evaluating ☐ Creating



Levels of Technology Integration (LoTi Level):
☐ Level 1: Awareness ☐ Level 2: Exploration ☐ Level 3: Infusion ☐ Level 4: Integration

☐ Level 5: Expansion ☐ Level 6: Refinement



Universal Design for Learning (UDL):
With this lesson, the teacher is providing multiple means of engagement by fostering collaboration and community.
This is being done by having the students pair up for the second part of the senses chart activity. This also happens when
the whole class is working together to agree on quiz answers. The teacher provides multiple means of representation in this
lesson as well. The teacher provides an alternative to auditory information by showing a video that has visuals and sound,
and also by having the quiz questions projected on the board so the words can be read without hearing them. The senses
chart has visuals on it as well and has typed instructions on it. The teacher provides alternatives to visual information by
reading all instructions and quiz questions out loud to the class. The teacher activates and supplies background knowledge
when he/she asks students if they know what an adjective is and then discusses.

Lesson idea implementation:
The teacher will start by asking the students if they can raise their hands if they know what an adjective is. After
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briefly discussing its definition, the teacher will project Brain Pop onto the SMART board and pull up the Adjectives movie.
The movie lasts about 5 minutes. After played, the teacher will pull up the Review Quiz. The review quiz will be done whole-
class where the teacher will read the questions, then the class will decide together on which answer to pick. Once the quiz
is completed, the teacher will go to the score review and go over with the class why each correct answer was correct and
what each incorrect answer should have been. Taking and reviewing the quiz should take about 10 minutes. Next, the
teacher will pull up the senses chart on the board and also pass out printed copies of the chart to each student. The
students will individually complete the chart by writing definitions for an object in the room, then pair up and try to guess
each other’s item based on the definitions he/she used. This activity should take about 15 minutes. Once this activity is
concluded, the teacher will call attention to the front of the room and the class will discuss how the activity went with their
pairs. This should take about 5 minutes. Finally, the teacher will collect the students’ senses charts to see where he/she
may need to review next class.
The teacher is formatively assessing the students as a whole class with the review quiz. The teacher will not confirm
or deny the correct answer to each question until after the quiz is completed; therefore, the students still are the ones
answering the questions. The teacher is also formatively assessing the students by collecting the students’ senses charts.
The teacher will review the charts and see where he/she may need to retouch on next class. This shows the teacher where
the students stand on the content and how well he/she is teaching the content. If many students did poorly with the
senses chart, the teacher could include more explanation and examples next class when he/she does some reteaching. The
students will not receive a grade for his/her senses charts, as this was just a way for the teacher to see how teaching the
new content is going so far. The teacher will still discuss the results of the charts next class and review what was learned
before moving on to the next lesson.

Reflective Practice:
I really feel like Brain Pop is a great example of instructional software that can help teach new content in fun and
different ways. This lesson is simple, yet fun and it gets all the content in. Students enjoy watching videos and working with
each other to do things, so this lesson will keep the students engaged. The senses chart is something that the students
can relate to since it is done by choosing an object in the classroom. Having activities that are fun and relatable helps get
the information across to the students where they will remember it.
If the teacher were to further extend this lesson, he/she could have very simple sentences printed onto different
pieces of paper (4 sentences per group). The teacher will assign groups and instruct everyone to get out his/her writing
journal. Each group will need to think of where in the sentence could use an adjective/adjectives. The students then write
down each sentence with the added adjectives he/she chose. This activity is to show how adjectives can add more
information to a sentence to enhance it, but also that too many adjectives can overcomplicate a sentence.

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