Below are three lessons ideas for integrating technology and techniques for evaluating information using the Big6 Skills, Info Savvy, and the Research Cycle.

Lesson Plan Idea #1

Grade Level : 10-12 th grade

Content Area : Economics

Student Product : Group presentation

Lesson Title : Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

Overview of the lesson :

Using the Info Savvy model, the learners w ill use the five A’s to make a presentation on consumer rights and responsibilities .

  1. Asking/Essential Question : What are consumer rights and responsibilities? What impact does consumer rights have on our economy?
  2. Assessing : The learners will use Kapoun’s five criteria for evaluation Web pages to i dentify sources on consumer rights and responsibilities. The criteria for evaluating Web documents are accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency and coverage.
  3. Analyzing : The learners will review the chosen Web sites and collect information on consumer rights and responsibilities.
  4. Applying : The learners will develop and present a group presentation using an online Web application .
  5. Assessing : The learners will present information on consumer rights and responsibilities. The learners will answer r eflecting questions about the project and site research. The teacher will use the checklist, presentation and participation for accessing a grade.

Lesson Plan Idea #2

Grade Level : 10-12 th grade

Content Area : Economics

Student Product : Electronic Brochure

Lesson Title : Investments

Overview of the lesson :

Using the Research Cycle, the students will go through the problem-solving model to find the best types of investments and create a n electronic brochure .

  • Questioning: The learners will discuss , explore and map out the different types of investments . Students will answer questions such as: Why are there different types of investments? Which investments are good for short term gains? Long term gains? How do you know what types of investments to invest in when you are in your 20’s, 50’s and 70’s?
  • Planning: The learners will explore the Internet for valid research sites on the different type s of investments .
  • Gathering: The learners wi ll narrow down their search and decide which sites would provide information to complete the investment brochure.
  • Sorting and Sifting: The learners will research the chosen sites, sort and organize the different types of investments and come up with a creative way to design the brochure .
  • Synthesizing: The learners will reflect on their research and come up with answers to the questions (see questioning) .
  • Evaluating: Th e learners will edit the brochures and make suggestions for what is missing or needed.
  • Report: The learners will present the brochure and receive feedback.

Lesson Plan Idea #3

Grade Level : 10-12 th grade

Content Area : Economics

Student Product : Concept map

Lesson Title : Economic Cycle

Overview of the lesson :

Using the Big6 model, the students will research the economic cycle and design a concept map with examples for each stage.

  • Task Definition : What is the economic cycle? What occurs in each stage? Wh at is the importance of understanding the economic cycle? (Define the initial problem)
  • Information Seeking Strategies : Where can we obtain information about the economic cycle? (Brainstorm all possible sources)
  • Location and Access : Information on the economic cycle can be found on the following site s: eLibrary, W ikipedia, The Library of Economics and Liberty, etc. (Locate sources and information)
  • Use of Information : Research and read information on the economic cycle and examples. (Engage in activity and extract important information)
  • Synthesis : Design a concept map using an online Web application . (Organize and present information)
  • Ev aluation : Evaluate concept map and participation using a rubric.

References

Kapoun, J. (1998). Five criteria for evaluating web pages . Retrieved June 23, 2008 from http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/webcrit.html

McKenzie, J. (2000). The research cycle . Retrieved June 18, 2008 from http://questioning.org/module/cycle.html

Mills, S. C. (2006). Using the internet for active teaching and learning . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Person Merrill Prentice Hall.

7/15/2012

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