21st Century Integration Model

Title: The More Things Change...
Subject: Science
Grade Level: 3 through 5
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example of student project.

Lesson Summary

Here is a lesson on chemical changes and reactions that already incorporates many 21st Century Skills, including critical thinking and collaboration. To extend the 21st Century Skills, teachers may also discuss with their students the surprising effect of mixing chemicals and how this relates to the harmful nature of chemicals we use in everyday life (e.g. household cleaners, gasoline, antifreeze). Have the students discuss the need for responsible handling of chemicals for both health reasons and environmental reasons. In groups, have the students work together on the computer to research and collect images on the use, on the dangers, on proper storage, and on the disposal of household chemicals. After performing their group research, have the students use this information to develop a multimedia presentation explaining the virtues and dangers of chemicals in the house and the responsibility of people in society to handle them carefully.

Original Lesson Plan

Original Objectives

Students will be able to observe changes and design experiments to explain observations.

21st Century Skills Integration Objective(s)

Students will demonstrate critical thinking by actively participating in discussion and research on household chemicals. Students will demonstrate ICT Literacy by locating images and information about a household chemical on the internet. Students will demonstrate collaboration skills by working within student groups.


  1. Make sure that Learn Letters and Tux Paint are downloaded onto all student computers.
  2. Once you have allowed students to practice making the different shapes with various media, allow them to work in pairs on computers to play the Learning Letters game.
  3. Have students play each level of the game a few times before proceeding to the next level.
  4. When students have finished Learning Letters with their partners, move students to individual computers, if possible. Have them open Tux Paint and show them the basics of picking colors, selecting drawing tools, and how to erase.
  5. Now let the students practice drawing their own letters. Have them practice drawing each letter nice and big on the screen, then erase it and go on to the next one.
  6. By the end of the class, have each student draw the entire alphabet on the screen, print it out and hand it in.