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Lesson plans for Tool Factory Workshop V3

TitleSubjectGrade(s)
You're the EditorWriting3-5
A draft of a newspaper article is presented on a worksheet with a series of grammatical errors, such as run-on sentences and mistakes in capitalization, comma use, punctuation and spelling. Students will use the spell check and word processing features of Tool Factory Workshop to edit and/or retype the article. Then, they create an appropriate headline for the article and reformat the article's layout.

Show and TellWord ProcessingK-2
Students familiarize themselves with the basic functions of word processing: using the mouse and keyboard, clicking on the page, typing a word, adding a picture or pictures from the bank. With teacher direction, the student learns to select a picture from the bank and click to add it to their page. Students then type their own words, or string together letters to try to form words anywhere on the page. The teacher may then help the student by typing words and sentences dictated by the student to describe the picture.

Come to My Book Party!Writing1-2
Students create invitations using Tool Factory Word Processor. The invitations are addressed to the student's favorite book characters. The questions: Who, What, When, Where, Who will be there, What activities will there be? are answered. Pictures, words, sounds, and videos are added as appropriate. Students may decorate the invitation with a border, pictures, and other items from the bank.

Favorite Place ToursWriting2-8
Students use Tool Factory Word Processor to compose and edit a "guided tour" around their favorite place, which can be anything from a corner of the classroom to a country they have visited. Students use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe their favorite place. Pictures from the clipart bank or the hard drive are added to illustrate the guide.

Storybook OutlineWriting3-5
Students begin to plan a short story book, using the provided templates to brainstorm and outline the plot, setting, characters, sequence of events, and dialog exchanges.

StorybookWriting3-5
Using the Storybook Outline worksheets, students create a story with descriptive sensory details, developed characters, and a believable plot. Images are added from the bank and/or from the students' own image files, and/or from pictures created in Tool Factory Painter. The finished storybook has a cover page with the story's title and the author's name.

Dear Pen PalWriting3-5
Students compose a letter to a pen pal using Tool Factory Word Processor. The letter follows the accepted formats for personal letters and includes the date, address, greeting, body, and closing. The letter describes the student's favorite hobby or hobbies using descriptive language.

Picture This NumberCountingK-1
Students match numbers with pictures of objects representing each number.

Number the PicturesCountingK-2
In Tool Factory Word Processor, students count the number of pictures in a set and type in the right number in a box . In Tool Factory Spreadsheet, students type in the correct number in a cell (Tool Factory Spreadsheet).

Number LineCountingK-2
Students match numbered pictures from the top of a page to the correct place on a number line.

We the PeopleCivics4-5
Students study, interpret, retype, and memorize the preamble to the United States Constitution. Key vocabulary words are defined and practiced.

Government Powers: Article 1Civics6-8
Students read the first article of the United States Constitution, and study the 18th clause of Section 8. The student defines unfamiliar words, summarizes the clause in his/her own words, and finds a contemporary instance of the government's application of the chosen clause.

The First AmendmentCivics6-8
Students select one of the freedoms or rights defined by the First Amendment and gather information about it on the web. They then write a persuasive essay in which they express their personal views about the importance of that freedom or right in today's world.

What's News at Our SchoolWriting5-8
Students research, draft, and revise a feature article for their school newspaper.

Sports FeaturesWriting5-8
Students attend a school athletic event, take notes about the competition, interview coaches, players, and spectators, and compose an article about the event for the school newspaper. Use a digital camera to photograph a sporting event.

ClassifiedsDatabase Building5-8
Students use Tool Factory Database to collect, compile, and organize information about items for sale, pets, and jobs. Photos, films, and recordings may be added along with text and numerical values. The information can then be formatted into a classifieds page using Tool Factory Word Processor.

Reviewing the ArtsResearching5-8
Students write reviews of films, concerts, museum exhibits, classmates' art, plays, and books. The writing process is followed using Tool Factory Word Processor. Students then rate events, shows, etc. with stars or any other consistent rating system in Tool Factory Spreadsheet.

Star StudentWritingK-8
Feature one student in each edition of the school newspaper. Include a photo of the student, and personal statistics such as grade, family info, hobbies, favorite subject, and quotes about him/her from friends.

Today's WeatherEarth and Space ScienceK-8
Students research the weather forecast and use Tool Factory Workshop to create a picture or diagram of the day's or week's weather forecast for the school newspaper.

Letters to the EditorWriting5-8
Students write letters to the editor of the school newspaper expressing their views on a particular issue. These letters are arranged on 2-3 pages of the newspaper.

Photo Feature-Caption WriterWriting5-12
Students take digital photos and/or photos with a traditional camera that are then scanned into their computer. Photos are entered into Tool Factory Word Processor. A caption is then added to describe the subject of the photograph. Photos may be arranged around a theme, time period, or contest.

Op-Ed PageWriting3-12
Student compose persuasive articles about a selected topic and combine views from all sides of the issue in an opinion-editorial page of the school newspaper.

Crossword PuzzleGrammar3-12
Students practice using different parts of speech by creating and completing crossword puzzles in Tool Factory Workshop. Each clue includes a label indicating which part of speech is required.

Staying in TouchCivics3-12
Students do a web search to locate the names and email addresses of people holding political office in their home state. Then, using the Incredible Emailer function of Tool Factory Word Processor, students compose letters to the representative of their choice about an issue in which they are interested.

Label the United StatesGeography3-12
Students practice identifying and labeling each state in the United States in Tool Factory Word Processor.

Make a DollarCountingK-2
Students drag pictures of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters into boxes in order to show different ways of adding change up to a dollar.

Classifying OrganismsLife Sciences3-8
Students search the media banks of Tool Factory Word Processor and the internet for pictures and words that can be categorized as producer, consumer, or decomposer.

Counting ChangeCountingK-2
Students study coins and practice identifying their values and determining how many of each coin is required to make a dollar.

Making Banners Using a Regular PrinterArtK-12
Create a 4 foot banner for your classroom. Print it out on a conventional 8.5X11 printer, then tape the sheets together to make a huge banner.

Make Posters Using a Regular PrinterArtK-12
Create a poster for your classroom or school lobby. Print it out on a conventional 8.5X11 printer, then tape the sheets together to make a large poster. Have the students make posters and hold a poster contest.

Greeting Cards and Invitations on the ComputerWritingK-12
Fold a sheet of paper in quarters. Using a pencil, create a mock-up of your greeting card on the folded paper, then build it on the computer using clip art and fun fonts.

Lesson 1 - ResearchWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

Objective for Lesson 1 (Research):
Students will be able to research three subjects and one place. The information will be included as content in a fictional story.


Counting by Halves and FourthsFractions3
Students will be able to count by halves and fourths.

Lesson 2 - OrganizationWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for Lesson #2 (Organization):
Students will be able to use the research they collected to being writing a fictional story.



Lesson 7 - PresentationWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

Before you get to this point, you must leave enough time for peer conferences and teacher conferences.

The objective for Lesson 7 (Presentation):
Students will be able to present their writings in a variety of ways.



Locating Polygons in the EnvironmentArt2-4
Students will be able to identify different polygons in the surrounding environment.

Reading Directions - Reading to Perform a TaskResearching3-4
Students will be able to read to perform a task.

Decimals - Overview of Decimal FormationCounting3-5
Students will be able to identify what a decimal is, and how to formulate decimals.

Historical FictionWord Processing4-5
Students will be able to identify what historical fiction is, and compare it to informational text and realistic fiction.

Comparing CulturesResearching4-5
Students will be able to compare life in California in the eyes of Rinko Tsujimura, to life in Japan during the 1930s. Then look at life today in both places.

Making TimelinesResearching4-5
Students will be able to use the book "A Jar of Dreams" by Yoshiko Uchida to discover change over time using a timeline.

Find the AreaCountingK-3
Students will find the area of shapes by clicking and dragging squares over each shape.

Find the PerimeterCountingK-3
Students will find the perimeter of shapes by clicking and dragging lines to cover a shape's edge.

Estimating LengthCountingK-3
Students will look through pictures in the bank to find items that are about one inch in length and one foot in length.

Jellybean MeasureCountingK-2
Students will click and drag jellybeans to measure the length of objects.

Investigating the Four SeasonsEarth and Space Science4-7
Students will investigate the differences in the environment for each of the four seasons.

Memory Game of Shapes and SolidsNoneK-4
Students will locate or take pictures of shapes and solids like spheres, rectangles and pyramids and use the images to create a Memory Game.

Researching Source DocumentsWriting6-12
We're going to research source documents in the library and on the internet, then build a database to search and sort out the reference material.

Small WorldWritingK-8
The student will document the multicultural dimensions of the school and community using photography and writing.

Writing About AutumnWriting3-5
In this lesson the students will brainstorm ideas about autumn and then write an acrostic poem using those ideas.

Number the PicturesCountingK-2
In Tool Factory Word Processor, students count the number of pictures in a set and type in the right number in a box . In Tool Factory Spreadsheet, students type in the correct number in a cell (Tool Factory Spreadsheet).

Reviewing the ArtsResearching5-8
Students write reviews of films, concerts, museum exhibits, classmates' art, plays, and books. The writing process is followed using Tool Factory Word Processor. Students then rate events, shows, etc. with stars or any other consistent rating system in Tool Factory Spreadsheet.

Calendar of EventsWriting5-8
Students use Tool Factory Spreadsheet to create calendar of upcoming events in their school and town for the school newspaper. If possible, use digital photos to enhance the calendar.

Restaurant MenuFractions6-8
Students create a menu for a mock restaurant in Tool Factory Spreadsheet. The spreadsheet calculates subtotal, tax, gratuity, and total charge.

Lesson 6 - ConventionsWriting3-5
This is a 7 part lesson using the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The objective for Lesson 6 (Conventions):
Students will be able to edit their writing.


ClassifiedsDatabase Building5-8
Students use Tool Factory Database to collect, compile, and organize information about items for sale, pets, and jobs. Photos, films, and recordings may be added along with text and numerical values. The information can then be formatted into a classifieds page using Tool Factory Word Processor.

School Sports Schedule and StatisticsDatabase Building5-12
The seasonal competition schedule of each sports team is gathered and entered into Tool Factory Database. Information includes: name of sport, date, location, competitor, competitor's statistics, home team statistics, photo of the teams or schools. High school students then practice exporting this data into a spreadsheet as comma separated values (.CSV format).

Interview DatabaseDatabase Building5-12
Reporters and editors of the school newspaper collect notes, photos, and recordings from interviews conducted for various articles and enter the data in Tool Factory Database.

State DatabaseGeography3-9
The class creates a database of the fifty states. Each student is responsible for 2-3 states. Fields in the database may include: date of founding, state flag, state bird, state flower, population, main industry, and colleges. Images can be collected from the internet.

Weekly Weather TrackerDatabase BuildingK-8
Students track the daily temperature, cloud conditions, barometric pressure, wind speed, and precipitation. Create or use a database to track the daily information. Graph the results and make predictions of future weather conditions. Use a digital camera to log a visual record.

Researching Source DocumentsWriting6-12
We're going to research source documents in the library and on the internet, then build a database to search and sort out the reference material.

PlanetsEarth and Space Science3-5
Students will create a database of the nine planets. Each student will select and research one planet. There will be five required fields: Name of Planet, Distance from the sun in kilometers, Length of year in Earth days, Diameter in kilometers, and Number of Moons. A picture of the planet will also be required and additional fields can be added, depending on the level of the students.

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