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Cause and Effect with Photo Story


Computers & Internet, Language Arts  



Title – Cause and Effect with Photo Story
By – Elizabeth Castillo
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 3

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards Addressed:

110.5.b English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 3

(3.9) Reading/Comprehension: The student uses a variety of strategies to comprehend selections read aloud and selections read independently. The student is expected to:

(F) make and explain inferences from texts such as determining important ideas, causes and effects, making predictions, and drawing conclusions (1-3);

126.3.b Technology Applications, Grades 3-5.

(7) Solving problems. The student uses appropriate computer-based productivity tools to create and modify solutions to problems. The student is expected to:

(A) use software programs with audio, video, and graphics to enhance learning experiences;

(B) use appropriate software to express ideas and solve problems including the use of word processing, graphics, databases, spreadsheets, simulations, and multimedia; and

(C) use a variety of data types including text, graphics, digital audio, and video.

(11) Communication. The student delivers the product electronically in a variety of media, with appropriate supervision. The student is expected to:

(A) publish information in a variety of media including, but not limited to, printed copy, monitor display, Internet documents, and video; and

(B) use presentation software to communicate with specific audiences.

(12) Communication. The student uses technology applications to facilitate evaluation of communication, both process and product. The student is expected to:

(A) select representative products to be collected and stored in an electronic evaluation tool;(B) evaluate the product for relevance to the assignment or task;

General Goal(s):

The student will be able to demonstrate their understanding between cause and effect by creating their own cause and effect examples through Photo Story 3.

Specific Objectives:

The student will produce a Photo Story depicting at least five cause and effect relationships which includes photos, texts, audio, and music.

Required Materials:

  • Computer
  • Headsets with microphones
  • Photo Story 3
  • Internet
  • Scanner
  • Digital Camera

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • The teacher will begin lesson by reading I f You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and demonstrate the cause and effect relationships that occur utilizing a Photo Story video.
  • Students will create a foldable cookie booklet and using a graphic organizer, complete with the relationships from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as guided practice.
  • Teacher will guide students to cause and effect relationships that occur in our everyday lives and ask for additional examples from students.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Students will then be paired and asked to create their own Photo Story presentation depicting at least 5 causal effect relationships combining digital photos, Internet photos, audio, video, and text to help illustrate concept.
  2. Students will brainstorm ideas and place on a comic strip template.
  3. After conferencing with teacher, they will create their Photo Story.
  4. Students will be given access to digital camera and Internet to take or find pictures.
  5. They will upload or insert pictures as well as add text and audio to convey the relationship.
  6. Teacher will continue to assist students as they work through their projects.
  7. Once students have completed projects and finalized, they will present to the class.

Plan For Independent Practice:

Students will each be responsible for creating at least two slides in the presentation as well as present to the class.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

Teacher will review cause and effect relationships with students. Then prepare students for next lesson specifically tying to TAKS stem questions.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

Students will be assessed using a rubric for their Photo Story as well as a TAKS based assessment on cause and effect concept.

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

Students who need additional support will be asked to reduce their assignment to finding three causal relationships and/or using a book that they can depict cause and effect relationships from the story.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

Students will be asked to not only find five separate causal relationships, but tie them together into a story.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

After utilizing Photo Story, students can also begin working on projects such as cause and effect relationships in science, social studies, or any other content area.

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