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Greetings from the Biomes of the World

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Greetings from the Biomes of the World

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Overview

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

In this lesson, students research biomes and then utilize iPads to create postcards with the free app PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson. Combining their research notes with corresponding images, students write about their biome in postcards as they “visit” the biome.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson: Students will use this free app to create postcards.


Postcard Creator: This student interactive is used to familiarize students with the parts of a postcard.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

In 2009, the International Reading Association issued a position statement arguing that “to become fully literate in today's world, students must become proficient in the new literacies of 21st-century technologies.” Therefore, literacy teachers began to investigate methods to integrate technology skills into their already packed traditional curriculum of literacy skills. This lesson allows teachers to focus on traditional skills of research and writing while adding a technology component.


Additionally Cronin suggests that interdisciplinary assignments encourage students to make links between the different school subjects. In this lesson students will connect their researching and letter writing skills that are typically part of the language arts classroom curriculum to the study of biomes, a topic discussed in the science classroom.

Cronin, Mariam Karis. “Rejecting Senseless Things: Promoting Differentiation.” English Journal 92 (March 2003): 47-53.

 

International Reading Association. New Literacies and 21st Century Technologies. Newark: International Reading Association, 2009. International Reading Association, May 2009. Web. 5 July 2013.

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