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	Idea Two: Teamwork

Theoretical Rationale

  An HTML white paper on "Why. " Learning in a group is not a new idea, but the Web provides a new way of collaborting that makes this method of learning more practical and universal.

Meet The Teacher

  Jackie Applin is a third grade teacher at Newberry Elementary School in Newberry, MI, and was recently awarded the 1995 Ameritech Michigan Teacher Excellence Award for her use of the Internet to support projects in her classroom.


  1. Worm Bin Project

    Includes a detailed description of the unit. In this unit, students will learn about decomposition and the life cycle by creating worm bins.

  2. Heart Rate

    Includes a detailed description of the unit. Students will gather information and interact via the Internet in collaboration with other students to search for relevant information about heart rate, culminating in a research project that will include oral presentations and written work.

    • Lesson One: Classroom Heart Rates. Students will check and record heart-rates of other classmates. They will then compare and design questions to explain the differences in their findings.

    • Lesson Two: Local Heart Rates. Students will determine the type of data needed to test their inferences from lesson one. As homework, they will check and record heart rates of fellow students, teachers and family members. During their next class period, the students will enter all data into the database.

    • Lesson Three: Collaboration on the Internet. Locate another class via email that is willing to work collaboratively with you on this project. There are listserves that you can join and post an interest in a particular subject/idea or project.

    • Lesson Four: Research and Report. In developing our lessons and activities, we made some assumptions about the hardware and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the LETSNet Website.

    • Lesson Five: Application. Based on their conclusions and research, the students will give an oral presentation that applies their findings to a lifestyle change.

  3. Growing Plants

    This unit is designed to encourage students to develop the scientific skills of observation, predicting, controlling variables, experimenting, inferring and recording information as they study the effects of water, soil, and sunlight on growing plants.

  4. Climate and Weather

    This unit was designed to introduce students to variances in temperature relative to time of day and time of year.


  1. Colorful Indicators
      Students learn about acids and bases by creating a solution to test for them and by using the Web to ask questions of scientists and/or to conduct Web-based research.

Tips and


  Tips & Techniques. Collaborative learning allows students to share their knowledge and experiences with others and to develop their own skill and expertise within a supportive learning environment.

Related Resources

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