Example learning adventures:
PART ONE. Working on the Organize section
Today we’re going to create a way for students to organize information. When working with your learners you want to make sure you give them specific places to go with specific things to do – an advance organizer will help with this. This is the requirement for the Organize section of your adventure. Students will use the advance organizer while they are going through the Explore section of your adventure – this could be a KWL chart, a cause and effect chart, etc.
This will serve as a “to do” list. Use age appropriate graphics. You may find something you like on this teacher site, you may choose to create an organizer using Dabbleboard, Webspiration, Bubbl.us or even using Word, Google Docs, Google Forms.Here’s a huge list of more premade templates. REMEMBER your advance organizer should be an original – not from a template.
After you’ve selected or created an organizer for your investigation, include a write up on your Google Site for students. Just posting an organizer isn’t enough. You need to write to the students, explaining what they are going to do with it. Do you want them to print it? If so, you need to tell them. Let’s take some time in class now to create an organizer and write directions for students. They won’t start filling it out until they are in “Explore”.
PART TWO. Working on the Explore section
After exploration in the previous steps, students will begin to do research on their question. They might use the “Organize” graphic organizer — or there might be an additional one to print here. Your group will need to provide a list of websites that are age-appropriate. Be sure you are not just listing websites, but describing the relevant sites and giving student something to do when they enter a site.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Double-check your learning adventure with the rubric. Check for typos!
- Make sure your navigation bar reflects the sections in the rubric: Author Introduction, Inquire, Hook, Organize, Explore, Show What you Know, Finding a Career, and Parent Teacher Letter. Go to the last Friday’s blog post to see how to organize your navigation bar.
- We will not meet (INDEPENDENT workday) – Keep working on your Organize and Explore section. You need to complete the Google pages for these sections as well.
- We will work on the “Show What You Know” section.