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Teacher Name-:  Murphy Date-:  August 24, 2005
Grade Level-:  4 Subject-:  Technology - Based Learning
Title-:  Designing a Flag Unit-:  Social Studies
Period-:  2
Title--: Technology Based
Goal(s)-:   Students will understand the five basic principles of flag design.

Students will design a school flag.

Students will use the Internet to research flag design.

Students will work in cooperative learning groups.
Technology Performance Indicators-:   NT.K-12.1 BASIC OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS


. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
. Students are proficient in the use of technology.

. Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works

NT.K-12.5 TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH TOOLS

. Students use technology to locate, evaluate,and collect information from a variety of sources.
. Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
. Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

NT.K-12.6 TECHNOLOGY PROBLEM- SOLVING AND DECISION-MAKING TOOLS

. Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
. Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.
Curriculum/Content Standards-:   TECHNOLOGY
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.2 Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity tools
NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications tools
NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools
NT.K-12.6 Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making tools
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics
GRADES K - 4
NSS-C.K-4.1 What Is Government?
NSS-C.K-4.2 Values and Principles of Democracy
NSS-C.K-4.3 Principles of Democracy
NSS-C.K-4.4 Other Nations and World Affairs

SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
GRADES K - 4
NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and Working together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
NSS-USH.K-4.2 The History of Students\' Own State or Region
NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
Tools/Materials / Resources-:   Student access to the Internet

Projector or TV monitor connected to a computer with Internet access
Hardware-:   Student access to Windows Based Computer with Internet connection.

Software-:   Student access to Microsoft Excel (or a drawing program, such as KidPix, AppleWorks, and so on.)
Web Sites-:   www.nava.org/

www.imagesoft.net/flags/flags/.html



www.wave.net/upg/immigration/flags.html


www.law.ou.edu/hist/flags/fedflag.shtml


www.flags.net


Procedures/Methods-:   Students will work in cooperative teams of four. The jigsaw approach will be used, so that students will work in pairs. After completing their research , the pairs will come together as a team and share information. The partners will use website: www.nava.org/. Partners will divide the 16 pages into two parts and return to share information. Teams will learn about the Five Basics Principles of Flag Design, Anatomy of a Flag, and look at examples of Good Flag, Bad Flag designs.
Introduction / Motivator-:  
The teacher will explain that the following activity will take 3-4 class periods to accomplish.
Using a projector to display the website: www.ideafinder.com/features/everwonder/won-flag.htm, American Flag History, introduce students to flag design while learning about the history of our own flag.
Demonstration/Explanation-:  

The American Flag can be used to demonstrate as the students listen to the history of the American Flag. Teacher is to explain that students are to carefully listen and participate since they will be designing their own flag.
Application /Technology Based Activity-:   Using the Five Basic Principles of Flag Design and the History of their School, each team will design on the computer their own school flag. Microsoft Excel can be a good tool for this activity:
Decide what the flag will look like based on the 5 basic design principles and on what they know about their school\'s history.
Open Excel.
Click File>Page Setup, select Landscape, and click OK.
Go to View>Toolbars>Drawing.
Click Autoshapes (or the picture of the gray triangle, circle, and rectangle), click Basic Shapes, select a rectangle, and draw the outline of the flag.
Click File>Print Preview to make sure the flag will print on just one page.
Use the paint can and line tools on the Drawing toolbar to add color to the flag.
Use the stars, bursts, and other shapes under Autoshapes to add detail to the flag.
Accommodations for Special Needs/Adaptive Devices-:   Students will work in pairs to support students who may need technological support or academic needs. Teacher will be supporting students as they work. Students will find this challenging as well, using creative design skills.
Evaluation-:   Students will be evaluated, using the Five Basic Principles of Flag Design as a basis for their own flags.
Computer skills will be evaluated by their ability to complete the activity.
Students will be evaluated on time management and good use of allotted time slots, remaining focused on the activity.
Rubric Used to Assess Performance Indicators-:   Rubric is based on Five Basic Principles of Flag Design. Refer to Page on www.nava.org/.
Assessment of Content and Skills Related to Curriculum Standards-:   Students will be evaluated on their
understanding of the flag design principles and of their own understanding of their school as expressed in their flags.
Time management and basic computer skills as evidenced by completion of the flag activity.
Teacher Reflection-:   Teacher will consider giving the students more time on task if they cannot complete this activity in allotted time frames. Observe the partners and team work to make sure everyone in on task and working cooperatively. Intervene when necessary. Did students enjoy this activity?