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Sample Instruction Using the Gerlach and Ely Instructional Design Model

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Sample Instruction: Gerlach & Ely Model


Teacher: Ms. Doe


Grade: 1st


Content: Science




8)  Earth and space. The student knows that the natural world includes the air around us and objects in the sky. The student is expected to:


(A)  record weather information, including relative temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy;


(B)  observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky such as clouds, the Moon, and stars, including the Sun;


Ms. Doe has asked for assistance in creating a lesson that will require students to identify the four different types of clouds. The teacher really wants the students to enjoy the lesson! She would like for the students to demonstrate mastery through the creation of a presentation using a Web 2.0 tool . The teacher is comfortable using technology and is excited about using new tools.



Model  Instructional Development Plan 


Specification of Content 


Given images of clouds, students will correctly identify and label the four types of clouds: cumulus; stratus; cirrus; nimbus.



Specification of Objectives 


As a group, students will create replicas of the four different types of clouds using cotton balls or shaving cream. Students will then write a brief sentence describing each cloud. Students will take pictures of their clouds and upload them to a classroom computer. Students will create a short presentation that accurately identifies and labels the four different types of clouds using a Web 2.0 tool.  



Assessment of Entry Behavior 


Students are able to identify clouds as objects in the sky.

Students know that clouds come in different shapes and sizes.

Students are aware that clouds are a component of weather.

Students are familiar with using a computer.



Determination of Strategy 


Teacher will use laptop or desktop and projector to show pictures of the four different types of clouds. Teacher will lead students into a discussion regarding each cloud type. Teacher will take students outside, if possible, to observe the types of clouds in the sky.


Organization of Groups 


Students will work in groups of four to create models of the four different types of cloud and describe each type of in a complete sentence. Students will work collaboratively on discussions and decisions, but each student will be individually responsible for modeling and describing one particular cloud type.  



Allocation of Time 


One class period will be allocated to the introduction, discussion, observations, and creation of clouds by groups. A second class period will be allocated to taking and uploading the photos and creating the presentation. A final class period will be allocated to the group presentations.



Allocation of Space 


Instruction will take place in a classroom with a projector, smartboard, and a laptop. Workstations or desks with plenty of space for students to work will be needed. Some instruction and observation will occur outside with a clear view to observe the sky. 









Selection of Resources


  • Laptop/desktop, teacher use
  • Projector
  • COW (Computer on Wheels) or 4 classroom desktop, student use
  • Cotton Balls or Shaving Cream
  • Writing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue (if using cotton balls)
  • Construction Paper (if using cotton balls)
  • Digital Camera
  • Access to website with cloud images 



Evaluation of Performance


Each group created a model of four cloud types and their descriptions and utilized their models to create a presentation. Group presentations will be evaluated using a rubric.

Each member actively participated in the creation of a model and the written description of one type of cloud. A picture of the model was taken and uploaded to a computer by the student.

Teacher evaluates final presentation for correct identification of each cloud type. 


Analysis of Feedback


Have the students correctly identified the four types of clouds?

Have the students created models that accurately depict the four types of clouds?

Are students able to describe the four types of clouds using a complete sentence?

Have the students created a presentation that accurately demonstrates mastery of the content?




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