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Students develop an appreciation of the community in which they live, taking a closer look at the world just outside their doors and sharing their experiences with their classmates, near and far.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Using familiar community locations or landmarks, students take an in-depth look at the unique characteristics and value of their community. They share their insights with their classmates and the worldwide community, working with a helper to create a postcard about their community to send to others.
Note: This activity can take place in both the fall and spring in order to compare and contrast the community environment in different seasons.
P R E P A R A T I O N
P R O C E D U R E
Postc@rds from the Net turned out to be a great art and geography lesson. Students worked hard making their pictures realistic and balanced on the page with interesting features such as the sky and people. Peer mentors and parent volunteers were excellent resources, helping younger children work with the hardware. Mentors and volunteers ensured that the children stayed on-task and focused on the objective of the lesson rather than getting hung-up on the technology.
Use a rubric to evaluate the electronic and traditional postcards. Student presentations can be assessed using a performance rubric. (see web site listed below)
The Utah Education Network received permission from ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) to share this lesson.
Written by: Sheryl Abshire, Calcasieu Parish School System, Lake Charles, Louisiana Shannon McCoy, Jenks Southeast Elementary, Jenks, Oklahoma
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