the other elements of learning
Community Centered: This unit uses a real world problem that is of local interest. Luna was a very
popular whale and got lots of local media attention until his death. This occurrence sparked lots of media attention
and I'm positive it will make the students want to get involved and participate in the whales survival in our community.
Learner Centered: A problem that interests the learner makes them want to learn. I think
that once the students see the need for the conservation of Orcas they will want to learn more about Orcas, their habitat
and what they can do to help.
Knowledge Centered: This problem will have students research and seek content specific knowledge to solve
their problem. The students will research ways to help Orcas and the dangers they face. They will give evidence
to support the preservation of this species.
Assessment Centered: This problem will have students evaluate what they are learning and thinking.
Students will reflect what they've learned in a daily Response Journal. In additional to role specific activities the
students will assess their own participation and performance on the activities they complete.
They will be evaluated
on the following:
Class participation- 10%
Role specific activities-16%
Lesson specific activities-20%
Guided Journal Entries-15%
The total points possible for
this unit is 500 points and will be broken down as follows:
Total points-50 (Maximum of 10 points each day)
Role specific activities-
Total points- 80 (Maximum of 20 points each day for completing role specific activity. Day five there will
be no role assigned)
Role assessment- Total
points- 20 (Maximum of 5 points each day for self evaluation of role activity.)
Lesson specific activities- Total
points 100 (Each Activity will be assigned a point value.)
Guided Journal Entries-
Total points 75 (Maximum of 15 points each day)
Self Assessments- Total points
50 (Maximum of 10 points each day)
Final Project- Total
points 150 (Points will be given for quality of final project, participation in presentation, content knowledge evident
in final presentation and reflection journal)
Technology: The students will use several technology based elements including web based research
and a power point presentation. Each student will be responsible for his/her own power point presentation supporting
the argument they are assigned.