Use this page to share your exemplary lessons. Please Include your name, a short description of the lesson, date and upload your resources (see the format that follows). Email Lee Grafton when your work is posted. She will download the resources and add them to the PSUSD Educational Technology WebSite.

Lee Grafton's email: lgrafton@psusd.us

Title of Lesson: Video Portfolios in High School French Classes
Description: Students will create short video introductions of themselves. These videos will be used for teaching and learning purposes throughout the school year as a means of measuring student improvement in foreign language production and for video ePals communication with a class in France.
Submitted by: Stephen Smith, Palm Springs High School, 10/7/08
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Title of Lesson:Sinusoid Investigations
Description of Lesson:In this project, students studying trigonometry investigate temperature patterns in a locale of their choice , develop a predictor model and check its accuracy.
Submitted by:Ed Perry
Date:10/7/08
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Title of Lesson: American Indians/ Compare and Contrast
Description of Lesson: Students will compare and contrast the culture, climate and geography of various American Indian groups using multimedia software and thinking maps.
Submitted by:Robert DiBella
Date: 10/7/2008
Lesson Resources (upload): fileAmerican Indians.doc


Title of Lesson: Idioms
Description of Lesson:
In this project, students working in groups use iPhoto to create books that explain and illustrate a variety of idioms. They will then convert their book to a QuickTime movie. Grade 4
Submitted by: Karen Foerch
Date: June 18, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Animal Adaptions Open Court and Science
Description of Lesson:
In this lesson students use Thinking Maps and ComicLIfe to create a ComicLife project that shows animals' habitats, survival skills, and other information. This lesson is designed as a cumulating activity at the end of Open Court Unit: City Life and Science Unit: Adaptations. It builds reading comprehension skills using non-fiction text to find main ideas and details. Grade 3
Submitted by: Debbie Gordon
Date: June 18, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Greek Mythology Comic Strip
Description of Lesson: This project allows students to explore Greek mythology in order to discover how Greeks explained many natural events using their religion. Students will create their own mythical comic strip explaining how something has come to be in our world today. Grade 6
Submitted by:Julie Barda
Date: June 25, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Friendship Unit Project
Description of Lesson: In this lesson, students use Kidspiration and Keynote to show their knowledge of three important 3rd grade standards: finding the problem and solution in a story, finding the author's message in a story, and capitalizing story titles correctly. This lesson will start at the beginning of the Open Court Friendship Unit and continue throughout. It will end with students orally presenting their Keynote to peers and parents. Grade 3.
Submitted by: Jenny Leather
Date: July 10, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Claymation in the Classroom
Description of Lesson: Students create a stop-animation film as a class project that will reflect the main ideas of the unit. Although this lesson is directed towards the subject of reading, it can easily be adapted for any other subject as a demonstration.
Submitted by: Tammy Riddle
Date: July 13, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Multiple Meaning Words
Description of lesson: Students will work in pairs to write sentences using both forms of a multiple meaning word. They will then create a PowerPoint presentation using the sentences. They will search the Internet for photos to use that appropriately represent the use of that word. Groups will then present their slides to the class.
Submitted by: Erin Schroer
Date: August 17, 2008
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Title of Lesson: iMovie Story Comprehension
Description: Students will work in groups to create an iMovie project that has them putting illustrations from a story in the correct sequence and recording a short summary of the story using the illustrations as as guide.
Submitted by: David Kannel
Date: October 5, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Analysis of Product Information
Description: This lesson will have students finding, reading, and evaluating product documents to items that they own. Students will use online resources to find product documentation for one thing that they own. Topics will be assigned as specific products and differentiated for all levels. They will use company websites, related to their product, and find all supporting documentation, including assembly instructions, operating instructions, and warranty information.
Submitted by: Dan Kirkbride
Date: October 6, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Improve Written Language Skills Through The Use Of Technology
Description of Lesson: Students will use computers, scanners, PhotoShop Elements software, and predictive word processing software to create a variety of quality written projects.
Submitted by: Dennis Deeds
Date: 10.7.8
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Title of Lesson: Using Digital Media to Represent Data Sets
Description of Lesson: Students will use Pages to create various digital charts and graphs to represent gathered data.
Submitted by: Curt Bond
Date: October 7, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Fluency with Powerpoint, GarageBand/Audacity, and a Wiki.
Description of Lesson: Students will use podcasts and scrolling PowerPoint presentations to practice their reading fluency. The podcasts will be shared on a wiki.
Submitted by: Samantha Swalberg
Date: October 7, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Poetry with Garageband
Description of Lesson: Students will find, or write a poem, read for fluency, then select background sounds/music for their poem from garageband.
Submitted by: Dina Reigle
Date: October 7, 2008
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Title of Lesson: Video Portfolios in High School French Classes
Description: Students will create short video introductions of themselves. These videos will be used for teaching and learning purposes throughout the school year as a means of measuring student improvement in foreign language production and for video ePals communication with a class in France.
Submitted by: Stephen Smith, Palm Springs High School, 10/7/08


Title of Lesson:Sinusoid Investigations
Description of Lesson:In this project, students studying trigonometry investigate temperature patterns in a locale of their choice , develop a predictor model and check its accuracy.
Submitted by:Ed Perry
Date:10/7/08
Lesson Resources (upload):