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Dana Alexander: educdamaalex@gmail.comJosie Wilson: educjosiwils@gmail.comAnnie Llewellyn: annllewe@iu.eduTitle: Computational Thinking lesson planGrade: 2nd GradeOverall Goal: The overall goal for this unit is for students to be able to understand the difference between different political leaders. The students will be able to differentiate between each kind of political leader in a community, identify the rights given to them by the government, and understand the importance of having a government. Students will play a game using the beebots to help them better understand these subjects.  StandardsLearning ObjectiveAssessment2.2.3 Identify community leaders, such as the mayor and city council.1. Students will be able to identify and describe important community leaders.2. Students will be able to understand the difference between each type of community leaderUsing the beebot to find the correct description of the community leader in game 2.2.1 Explain that the United States government is founded on the belief of equal rights for its citizens*. Example: People have the right to own property and the right of free speech. * citizen: someone with rights and responsibilities in a particular community, city, state or country3. Students will be able to identify rights given to citizens by the government.Using the beebot to find the find the correct right given to citizens in game2.2 Understand and explain why it is important for a community to have responsible government. Example: Government provides order, protects individual rights and property, provides services such as mail delivery, and helps people feel safe.4. Students will be able to explain the importance of having a government.A test   Key Terms & Definitions: President: A person who is elected by US citizens to be the leader of our country. Vice President: A person who is ready to take over if something were to happen to the President. Mayor: An elected leader to run the local government for a certain city. They are in charge of enforcing laws, managing city businesses, and presiding over city meetings. Freedom of speech: The right to be able to speak and express your opinions.Freedom of religion: The right to worship based on what your beliefs are.   Lesson Introduction (Hook, Grabber): The instructor will start the lesson off with a kahoot to see what the kids know before the lesson. The instructor will then play a Youtube video that introduces different types of political leaders, their roles, and importance.The video is a good introduction to what is the difference between the types of political leaders and into what exactly the government does. The students will be asked some questions such as:who are the important leaders in our community?What is the difference between between each type of government official?What is the role of each government official?Why is the government important?By asking the students these questions, they will be able to get better engaged into the topic and hopefully understand a little more about how their government works. They will also get to learn about the basic things the lesson will be over.  Lesson Main: The instructor will split the students into groups of four to play a game. The instructor will show the students a video- on how to play and explain the rules(there is also a rule sheet in the artifacts). They will also be shown a powerpoint on how to use the beebot(in artifacts). The game will have different questions describing either a type of community leader or a right that is given to citizens. The answers to the questions will be laid out on a board, and the students must program a beebot to find the correct answer. The game is finished once each of the questions has been answered. By using the beebot, it makes this activity more hands-on and lets students learn about computational thinking skills and learn about the government at the same time.   Lesson Ending: Once the students have finished the game, they will all go back to their desks and sit down. The class will have a discussion about what they learned. The teacher will have the students talk about what they learned and answer any questions that the students might have. Once they have finished with the discussion, the teacher will then pass around a test in order to see what knowledge the students have gained. This section should describe how you plan on wrapping up your lesson, and bringing it to a close.  This could include a final, summative assessment as well.  Assessment Rubric: GreatAveragePoorSubject KnowledgeStudent demonstrates full knowledge by answering all the questions correctly with explanations.Student answer correctly, but is not able to elaborate or explain their answer.Student does not answer correctly and does not have an understanding of the topic.BehaviorStudent stayed on track and displayed mature behavior.Respectful and followed the rules.Displayed some mature behavior.Inconstancy on focus and adhering to the rules.Rarely stayed on task and kept focus.Ignored rules and boundaries.Classroom interactionExhibits respect for others. Showed leadership and positively interacted with classmates.Inconsistent participation in activity. Demonstrates fair amount of respect for others.Rarely participates in class activity. Unwilling to volunteer and disrespectful to others.AttitudeDisplays consistent positive attitude. Respectful and mindful to others.Displays an inconsistent positive attitude.Unwilling to display a positive attitude. Disrespectful to others.  Resources / Artifacts:Josie’s Artifact- about game-’s Artifact:’s Artifact:  Differentiation: Differentiation for ability levels- High ability learners and low ability learners will be paired together in their groups, so that they can help each other outImpaired Vision- The cards with the answers on the game board will be printed in large enough print for students that have impaired vision to read them.      3. Differentiation for languages- Students that speak do not speak english, could be given the job to control the bee-bot, and other students will help point out where to go. Also the game could be modified to where each word has the spanish word for it underneath, so the students can find the correct space to go to without help.      4. Differentiation for access & resources- Students will be given class time to work on the project and use the bee-bots, so they will not have to worry about not having internet access and working on it at home. Anticipated Difficulties: Some anticipated difficulties that might arise could be that students have trouble working with the bee-bot. There will be a powerpoint explaining how to use the bee-bot and the teacher will walk around and help out any students that seem to be having trouble. Also students may get off track when using a fun tool like the bee-bot. The teacher will have to walk around and make sure the groups stay on track when playing the game. References:
U.S. History
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