Elephants & Technology Integration - Common Core Style

8 times a year, our school closes early for teacher planning called Early Release Days, 8:45am-1:15pm.  The morning schedule gets wonky and in order to preserve a common planning time for all grade levels, so we (the support teachers)  all pitch in and help teach an extra special or two.  This morning I taught Mrs. Strutz's 3rd grade class...some students I regularly have for reading groups and some students, I don't.  I had 50 minutes to do a stand-alone lesson with them so here's what I did (to support the Geography, Environmental Literacy & Culture SS strand):

1. Checked out the 2nd floor laptop carts.
2. Found two articles online about Elephants.
3. Read Article #1. 


4. Created a Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) FORM...
 for students to answer Right There text-based questions with text-based answers.
 Here's what that looked like:

5. Read informational text #2 - "More Space, Please!"

6. Create another FORM with more open-ended response options, with a mix of lower level and higher level opportunities.  Here's what that looked like:

7. Create a Group on Edmodo just for this assignment called, Elephants at the Lake.

8.Wrote the following on the board for students to follow 
once they checked out a laptop as they passed the cart on their way in the classroom door.

1. Log into www.edmodo.com
2. Join CODE: xyz123 (fake code here to protect students)
3. Read the assignment and follow post directions.

The pictures captured at the top of this post are priceless.  They show students getting straight to work, reading online text, navigating to the FORM window, some students even opened both windows at the same time to avoid toggling back and forth between questions and articles...super impressed by that! One student asked for sticky notes to get the text-based words just right "admiration and imaginations" for the FORM.  Overall, I was really impressed with their skills...they are really starting to get this "text-based answers" piece.  I realize that all the questions I created were not hard higher level questions, but all RIGHT THERE questions. In our building, there is this phenomena happening where overall, students in general are getting all the higher level questions right and missing many of the easy RIGHT THERE questions, hence why we are hitting on this right now. The last question on the first FORM was "What is the problem and solution suggested in this article?" and Jaxon said, "Mrs. Jones, question #10 is not a RIGHT THERE question, it's hard!" And so they know the difference between a RIGHT THERE question and a AUTHOR & ME question! 

When students complete the answers, Google Drive dumps all the answers into a nice neat spreadsheet where you can quickly glance at all student answers at once and see who "gets it" and who needs more help. 
It looks something like this:

P.S. In the 50 minutes, we had 24 students were able to log in, read the first article and answer the first set of 10 questions...if students want to log in from home to complete the rest, they can.  I have a feeling some of them will...Jeremy said, "Mrs. Jones, this was fun!" (Hey, if you think that was my objective, I'm happy, because learning is FUN!)

Happy Reading! - Jen

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Kaitlyn said...

Sounds like an awesome, engaging lesson! Thank you for sharing!

:) Kaitlyn
Smiles and Sunshine

Jen Cullen//Sparkling in Second said...

I LOVE THOSE GOOGLE DRIVE THINGS! I'm just introducing my school to the idea of actually using the computer lab for more than just "study island"...we are way behind the times. I just brought my kiddies into the lab today to gather facts from landform websites. Too fun! Next time i'll have to throw in a google drive quiz or something :)
You are great!

Mrs. Exner said...

I love this idea! By the way, how do you split the screen so that you can read and fill out the forms?

Sara B said...

As the kids would say "THIS IS SO AWESOME!" Now I know another thing I've got to try to make this summer. My library classes are 45 minutes so I think I could make something like this work! May I share your post with the other library gals in my district?

Caroline Jones said...

Thank you so much for showing how technology and, specifically, Edmodo can be used for literacy instruction. As usual, you have written about something I needed to learn just at the moment I needed to learn it.

Anne said...

This looks great! I love all of your posts! Can you do a blog post, or point me in the direction of one, about the "can, have, are" questions? I've seen this three times in the last week and am curious about the background, uses, etc.

Jennifer Jones said...

To split the screens, open up both windows and resize them to two portrait sized rectangles. That's it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Jennifer Jones said...

Definitely share. No problem.

Jennifer Jones said...

Perfect! Well, I'm so glad I could help! I love when I'm looking for something and find it just when I need it. :-)

Brandee Green said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love how you set all this up! Fabulous lesson. :)
Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

Rhesia M. said...

This is a great idea, and I plan to create something. This is just what I need for a summer "to do" list. Thanks.

Carrie said...

This is wonderful. Did all of your students already have Edmodo accounts before you did this assignment? If so, I guess I will have to work on setting those up first!

Jennifer Jones said...

Yes. Edmodo is new for us this year but we use it a lot, teachers and students.

Anne said...

Hi there! I love your blog and all of your posts are so full of information! Would you talk a bit about the "can/have/are" idea, as I've seen it three times in the past week, but don't have the background of where it came from or how to use it. Thanks so much!

j holme said...

Quick question about the google drive spreadsheet. How can you tell whose response you are reading? Where do the user names appear?

Jennifer Jones said...

When you create the Google Form, you add a name field as the first question (like you can see in the Elephants form screenshot). I cut my students names out of the spreadsheet screenshot for student privacy.

Cassie said...

Hi Jen,
How do you get the responses to "dump" into a spread sheet. Does google do that or is it edmodo?

Jennifer Jones said...

When you create a "Google Form" it automatically "dumps" responses into a spreadsheet so you can view all responder answers at-a-glance. Try it.

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