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Lindsey Berkheimer

Grade Level: Kindergarten


Topic: Language Arts/Science
Technology Tool: Google Hangout
Standards:
• CC.1.5.K.C Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify
something that is not understood.

• CC.1.5.K.D Share stories, familiar experiences, and interests, speaking clearly enough
to be understood by all audiences using appropriate volume.

• CC.1.5.K.E Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

• CC.1.4.K.W With guidance and support, gather information from provided sources to
answer a question.
• ISTE Standards:
o Global Collaborator 7a: Students use digital tools to connect with learners from
a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that
broaden mutual understanding and learning.
o Digital Citizen 2b: Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior
when using technology, including social interactions.
Objectives:

• Students will use speaking and listening skills to communicate with their peers as well as
another class during the video conference.

• Students will practice writing skills by writing questions to ask during the video
conference.

• Students, with guidance, will research a baby animal

• Students, with guidance, will collect information

• Students will expand their learning by sharing their ideas with others.

Materials:

• Laptop computer with microphone, speaker connection, webcam


• Internet connection
• Interactive white board to project the video conference
• Technology paraprofessional to download and install the necessary plug-in
• Student iPads
• Pencils
• Non-fiction animal books
• Recording Sheets

Introduction:

Day 1: 30 minutes

1. Students come to the carpet and are seated facing the whiteboard. To hook the
students, the teacher will project and show a short video clip about baby animals.
a. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-BkcV8fCW0
2. Students will turn and talk to a peer about the animals that they saw and are
interested in learning more about.
3. The teacher will call on partnerships to share the animal name and will record/compile
a class list on an anchor chart.
4. The teacher will have the students get into groups of four and sit with their groups on
the carpet.
5. The teacher will have preselected non-fiction books from the school library for the
students to explore.

Day 2: 20 minutes

1. Students come to the carpet and the teacher will have the anchor chart hanging on
the whiteboard.
2. The teacher will guide discussion about the list of animals that the students created the
day before.
3. The teacher will read the story Zooborns by Andrew Bleiman to the students.
4. After reading the story, exploring the non-fiction books from the previous day, and
collaborating with peers, the students will each have to choose an animal that he/she
will want to research.
5. The teacher will record the students’ animal choices.

Day 3: 40 minutes

1. The kindergarten students’ fifth grade buddies will come with iPads to the kindergarten
classroom. The fifth grade teacher will already have explained the fifth graders’ roll in
today’s lesson.
2. The fifth graders and kindergarteners will spread out around the classroom to
complete research about an animal. Each partnership will have an ipad, recording
sheet, pencil, headphones, and a splitter for headphones so both students can hear.
3. Kindergarten students will record their notes on the “All about Animals” recording
sheet. The partnerships can explore the following kid friendly websites:
a. https://www.youtube.com/user/ZooBorns/videos
b. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/

Day 4- 40 minutes

1. Explain to the students that we will be video conferencing with a zoo today and there
will be people to answer questions and share information about animals.
2. Remind the students of what the expectations are during a video conference. Discuss
with the students the importance of being respectful, responsible, and safe during the
video conference. Explain that just like assemblies, special presentations, videos, or
read alouds that the students must listen quietly and raise hands if they would like to
share. Explain why the students need to be quiet while others are talking.
3. Have students come to the carpet to sit. Pass back the students’ recording sheets.
Connect with the zoologist via Google Hangouts (the technology para will be on hand
if necessary to assist)
4. Have students welcome and wave to the speaker on the screen.
5. Students will get to ask questions about animals that they are interested in, as well as
learn about and maybe see zoo animals. Students can record additional notes on
his/her recording sheet.
6. Have students thank the class and wave goodbye.
7. If necessary, appropriate behaviors will be reinforced and practiced.
8. Students hand in sheets and take a brain break/movement break.

Conclusion:

9. After the brain break, students come back to the carpet to sit in a circle and discuss
the call. Students will turn and talk to discuss something new that they learned.

Assessment:

The kindergarten students will be assessed through formative as well as summative


assessment. The teacher will informally assess the students’ knowledge of the animal he/she
researched through conversation and observations. The teacher will also have a completed
recording sheet to reference.

Extension:

To extend this lesson, the students will get to share their new learning through an additional
Google Hangout video conference with our own fifth grade buddies. The teachers will call
and connect with the other classroom. Fifth grade students can ask the kindergarten
students questions as well as listen to the new knowledge that they acquired from the
Google Hangout session with the zoologist.