[You Were There!]: Grade 5
Fifth grade is the age at which abstract thinking and problem-solving skills begin to emerge in ways that can be effectively enhanced and showcased in a technology-rich environment. Students have developed academic content skills that enable them to do the complex tasks of researching, analyzing, and communicating information from primary resources.
The [You Were There!] project in this chapter combines English language arts, history, and technology, requiring students to research an important event (the 1770 Boston Massacre) that occurred during the Revolutionary War. From their research, students develop three technology-enhanced products. This project is a modification of an activity originally developed by Paula Conley, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and published in Connecting Curriculum and Technology (ISTE, 2000, pp. 48–51.)
This interdisciplinary project was developed using the backward design process developed by McTighe and Wiggins (1999) and discussed in Understanding by Design Handbook. Beginning with the end in mind, the project was created in the context of what is most commonly taught in the fifth grade and where the NETS•S could best be demonstrated through authentic learning experiences.