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rock adventures
"An iAdventure is a problem solving activity in which students determine the direction and outcome of a content-rich storyline, using resources available on the internet.... As students work their way through the story, they are faced with a series of dilemmas, in which choices must be made. At these points, the teacher has provided links to internet sites with real-world data,"primary" documents,and other valuable web resources. Students visit these sites, collect data, read various documents, view video and images, and interact with the activities. After analyzing the information, they make an informed decision about the next course of action for their character. The out-come of the iAdventure is open-ended...."(Smith, 2012).  For more information on iAdventures, please visit the iAdventure Homepage at http://warrensburg.k12.mo.us/iadventure/
Grade Level: This is intended for a 2nd grade classroom

Time:  Five  60-minute sessions (week project)

Resources needed:
  • Preferably one computer for each child (or at least one computer for every two students)
  • Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office - PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of PowerPoint
  • How to save/copy graphics from the internet
  • Access to a printer for the Worksheet guides

Other important information ( if needed):
A good computer and internet relationship knowledge (how to click on links and find information
A basic knowledge of the information provided on this iAdventure
Some knowledge on rocks and fossils

Content Area: This iAdventure includes aspects in all 4 core subjects material: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Communication Arts. 

SITE MAP
Teacher Page
Title Page
Rock Adventure


Research Guide #1

Opening Story Page
Utah or Arkansas


Research Guide #2

Story Page 2A
Utah

Story Page
2B
Arkansas


Research Guide #3
Story Page 3A
Juab County

Story Page 3B
Millard County

Story Page 3C
Garland County

Story Page 3D
Pike County

Research Guide
#4 - Rubric






BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The students are led through a fiction scenario in which they are to help an 8 year old boy figure out which state to visit for summer vacation (Utah or Arkansas).  The purpose of this vacation is to learn more information about rocks and fossils. Students will search for information on both states and then make a choice between them. Then students will make a choice, after considerable research, between , 4 locations that deal with rocks and/or fossils (2 in Utah, and 2 in Arkansas).

PowerPoint Tutorials on the Web - These have helpful tips that you may want to teach your students:

CURRICULUM STANDARDS:

Social Studies
  • Economic Concepts and Principles 4.B.
    • Grade 2. Explain how to make decisions using cost-benefit analysis.
  • Elements of Geographical Study and Analysis 5.A
    • Grade 2. Construct maps.
  • Tools of Social Science Inquiry 7.A
    • Grade 2: Identify and select visual, graphic and auditory aids (graphs and charts)

Mathematics

  • Numbers and Operations 2.A.
    • Grade 2: represent/model a given situation involving two-digit whole number addition or subtraction.
  • Geometric and Spatial Relationships 1.A
    • Grade 2: Identify locations with simple relationships on a map (coordinate system)
  • Data and Probability 1.A
    • Grade 2: Pose questions and gather data about themselves and their surroundings.
  • Data and Probability 1.B
    • Grade 2: Sort and classify items according to their attributes and organize data about the items.

Science

  • Strand 5: Processes and Interactions of the Earth's Systems (Geosphere, Atmosphere, and Hyrosphere) 1.A
    • Grade 2: Observe and describe the physical properties of rocks (e.g., size, shape, color, presence of fossils)
  • Strand 7: Scientific Inquiry 1:B
    • Grade 2d. Compare amounts/measurements
  • Strand 7: Scientific Inquiry 1.C
    • Grade 2a: Use observations as support for reasonable explanations.
    • Grade 2c: Compare explanations with prior knowledge.
  • Strand 7: Scientific Inquiry 1.D
    • Grade 2a: Communicate simple procedures and results of investigations and explanations through:
      • oral presentations
      • drawings and maps
      • data tables
      • graphs (bar, pictograph)
      • writings
  • Strand 8: Impact of Science, Technology and Human Activity 3.A
    • Grade 2a: Identify a question that was asked, or could be asked, or a problem that needed to be solved when given a brief scenario (fiction or nonfiction of individuals solving everyday problems or learning through discovery)

Communication Arts

  • Reading 1.H
    • Grade 2: apply post-reading skills to respond to text:
      • Answer basic comprehension questions
      • identify the main idea and supporting details
      • question to clarify
      • retell
      • reflect
      • draw conclusions
      • analyze


Rubric

Click the link below for the grading rubric.
rubric



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks to Professor Stan Smith, my teacher, who gave me examples to create this iAdventure and introduced me to the concept.
To email me you can click here: Lorrie Blake