After studying the theme Primary Economic Activities, 5th grade students created mind maps with online tool called Coggle. This tool allowed them to structure clear and easy definitions and concepts while drawing lines to and from the central theme. Coggle has a lot of great features to help students display their thinking about a topic, and students were engaged in explaining the sectors of an economy making direct use of natural resources including agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining. These mental maps were shared enthusiastically using students' Google accounts.
5th grade geografía students are using Zaption to engage with content. Zaption is an interactive video that pauses and asks questions. Students answer the question and then the video continues. The teacher dashboard of Zaption helps teachers understand student misconceptions by breaking down the results by question and providing detailed data to improve teaching and learning. The Zaption site has thousands of videos that can be used as is or re-mixed with new questions. Teachers can choose videos from YouTube or create their own too. There is even a Share to Classroom option that makes it easy to provide the resource to students.
In order to help 5th grade students understand the celebration of Día de los Muertos, students watched this video. Students also reviewed important aspects of the Mexican Revolution on the 105th anniversary through another interactive video. Students enjoyed using Zaption and several re-watched the videos in order to improve their scores on the questions and reinforce their learning. 5th grade students will continue using Zaption this year.
information from the internet so students used a research outline to help them find sources and organize their thoughts. The outline required students to define their search terms, provided links to possible sources, a structure for determining the validity of resources and guidance for creating citations. See a student example of the completed research guide.
After finishing their research, students used Pages to create a magazine format and then uploaded their finished document to Joomag, an online magazine platform. Using Pages allowed students more flexibility on the formatting of pictures and text than Google Documents. Uploading the final product to Joomag makes it much easier to share the magazines with the public. Learn more about renewable energy options from Yizel's magazine or water issues related to Lake Chapala from Jaime.
Students gave speeches about the topic of their research in class. Then, on May 12, students presented in the 5th Concurso de Oratoria in the auditorium. Four 7th and four 8th grade students spoke passionately about their topic in order to help their peers understand the environmental issues we face in México today. These eight students demonstrated great speaking skills and impressed their peers and the judges. First place 8th grade student, Andrea Arriaga, encouraged us to support the protection of Bosque Primavera. Mariana Aguilar, the 7th grade winner, spoke about water pollution and water access.
Throughout this project, students used a wide variety of technology to research, plan and produce high quality magazines and inspiring speeches. The structure of the research outline helped them formulate their thoughts and find reliable information. The flexibility to pursue their personal interests and design a visually pleasing magazine engaged and motivated students to learn about the environmental issues facing México and share with the world.
Pasos de la investigación:
1. Selección del tema
2. Buscar información sobre el tema
3. Registrar tanto la información encontrada como el sitio de consulta
4. Comparar y parafrasear la información de acuerdo a los textos consultados
5. Justificar los sitios consultados.
6. Realizaron un rostro Azteca.
Los estudiantes utilizan el video Art Attack: Rostro Azteca para aprender cómo hacer los rostros aztecas. Vea a continuación un ejemplo de trabajo de los estudiantes.
Grade 5 students are using some great technology tools to expand their understanding of the world. Using an interactive Zaption video, students learned more about confronting the population problems in India. Unlike lectures, video allows students to back up or rewind if they do not understand a concept. Zaption allows teachers to embed questions and critical thinking as students watch. Students can even create their own Zaptions.
In addition to studying population problems, students are learning about the world's major rivers. These important waters are impacted by over-population and poor sanitation in many parts of the world. Students used an interactive map to help them study the locations of the world's biggest rivers.