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Subject: Science, Math, Language Arts, Technology

My seventh grade science students will use this theme based activity across the curriculum, incorporating technology into the classroom. The students are working on the Lake Unit. The students will team up with other students via the internet. They will collect and analyze soil and water samples from selected areas, converse with the other students, record and plot all data, and make a presentation. The science students in my class need to be actively involved in their learning. The seventh grade students will use the world wide web as an interactive multimedia format suited for education with text, video, animation, graphics, and sound.


Grade Level:

The students engaged in this activity are in my seventh grade science class but the subject matter involved can be used at any grade level.



Just how safe is the soil and water in your backyard? This project was to design a theme based activity across the curriculum, incorporating technology, to be used in the classroom. The students will collect and analyze soil and water samples with other groups via the internet. The students will put the results on a chart or graph. The seventh grade students will use the world wide web as an interactive multimedia format suited for education with text, video, animation, graphics, and sound. The World Wide Web has brought revolutionary changes to education. We can now observe new data as it happens. The potential for enhancing our classroom presentations with up-to-date information in a multimedia format offers students an exciting new way to learn. Students are exposed to the latest in technology and it gives them access to a variety of information using the internet. Students will be able to communicate with other students and participate in universal problems. Students will be more actively involved in their learning. Join us to test the soil and water. We welcome your participation.


Learner Description/Environment:

Albert E. Grice Middle School is located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Grice is situated in a suburban area and has a wide range of socioeconomic groups from upper middle to lower income families. My class consists of nine color computers with speakers and CD-ROMS, a laser disc player with computer interface, a television monitor with audio (English or Spanish), and a laser printer. I teach six classes and each class has between 22-30 students.


Time Frame:

The students will start the project in the fall in order to get other schools involved. Testing of the soil and water will begin as soon as everyone is locked in and on target. Some of the time frame will depend on other schools such as location, time difference, and so forth. My students can work on the testing during the month of April but time is still needed to gather the data, put it together, and make presentations. Tentatively the time frame will be between 3-6 weeks.




Learner Outcomes:


Alignment with Standards:

New Jersey State Science Core Curriculum Content Framework Chapter 5

New Jersey State Science Curriculum Standards

New Jersey State Cross-Content Workplace Readiness

New Jersey State Science Standards Assessment

New Jersey State Science Standards (Processing Standards) Chapter 5.1-5.12

Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy


Structure of the Learning:







The students will be responsible for a fifteen minute multimedia presentation. The students will be able to explain the importance of testing our soil and water. Explain the tests they performed. What they were testing for? What did they find? Were all the results the same?



The students will be evaluated according to creative ability, scientific thought, thoroughness, technical skill, clarity, dramatic value, team work, observed behavior, safety skills, manipulative skills, and instructional skills. Teacher will also comment on strengths and weaknesses. The students will also make an assessment of the investigation. Does the project need refinement? Where? How might we do __________________Differently?

Project/Unit Evaluation:

The facilitator and students will need to determine the efficiency of time management of the team members throughout the project. We will also determine the good and bad points of the project and rectify them for next year.

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Created for the NTEP II Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Rosanne Fabiny

School: Albert E. Grice Middle School, Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Created: November 17, 1998 - Updated: November 10,2001

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