Grade Level: Fifth Grade Benchmark Assessments

Performance Task: Virtual Museum
The students will be working individually to create a virtual museum that includes key components like: research, math connection, credits, image/media gallery.

Essential Question or Enduring Understanding
Representing research findings and other information in a digital form aids access and assists with understanding. Visual elements are in important part of representing data.

NETS Student Standards Assessed
  • 1. Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
    • A. Students apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
    • B. Students create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • 3. Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
    • A. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
    • B. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
    • C. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  • 4. Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
    • A. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
    • B. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
    • D. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
  • 6. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations. Students:
    • A. understand and use technology systems.
    • B. select and use applications effectively and productively.
    • D. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Suggested Curricular Areas:
  • Explorers
  • Revolutionary War
  • Colonial Days
  • Native American Studies
  • Ecosystems/Biomes

Resources (Applications, sites, templates, etc.)
  • PowerPoint
  • Photo Shop or Photo Shop Elements
  • Clip Art collections and web sites
  • digital cameras

Files


Performance Task: Digital Storytelling
The students will be working collaboratively to create a short video (about 1 minute long) about a given topic. The task will include key components like: research, ethical/social issues, copyright, audio and visual editing.

Essential Question or Enduring Understanding
The use of motion video and still images provides a powerful way to target an audience and solicit a response to ideas or information being presented. Complex and creative tasks include big problems and challenges. A strong, collaborative team produces the best solutions.

NETS Student Standards Assessment
  • 1. Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
    • A. Students apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
    • B. Students create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • 2. Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
    • A. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
    • B. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
    • D. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
  • 3. Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
    • A. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
    • B. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
    • C. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  • 4. Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
    • A. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
    • B. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
    • D. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
  • 6. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations. Students:
    • A. understand and use technology systems.
    • B. select and use applications effectively and productively.
    • D. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Suggested Curricular Areas:
  • Public Service Issues
  • Environmental Issues
Resources (Applications, sites, templates, etc.)
  • Windows Movie Maker or Pinnicle
  • digital video camera
  • various web sites
Files
  • Templates
  • Examples

Performance Task: Money to Spend
Students will create Excel formulas to keep track of money spent, including tax, to spend $5000 during a visit to an on-line electronics retail site.

Essential Question or Enduring Understanding
Solving problems, making informed decisions using appropriate tools and resources.

NETS Student Standards Assessed
  • 1. Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
    • A. Students apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
    • B. Students create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • 4. Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students
    • B. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
    • C. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
  • 6. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
    • A. understand and use technology systems.
    • D. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.


Suggested Curricular Areas:
  • Math
Resources (Applications, sites, templates, etc.)

Files