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Learning Theory

There are different theories used throughout this website. Below are the names of the theories and how they specifically relate to my lesson plan and content pages.

Bloom Taxonomy Theory
Is a theory of higher learning and how to organize the different levels of learning. There are six levels to learning and they can be used in multiple ways in the classroom. Below is a chart that shows how I have used Bloom’s Taxonomy in my lesson plan and the content pages.

Bloom's Taxonomy
Explanation of Term
How it relates to the website
The learner must recall information.
This is applied by the assessment quiz as well as the activities that were created to complete after reading the information.
The learner understands what is being communicated by so that he could explain it to someone.
In the activity for Kindergarten and first grade the student must tell a teacher and parent a sentence or two about what the learned. This can also be added to the older grade levels but by talking to other students about different animals or vegetation.
The learner finds a practical use for in particular and concrete situations
The students can identify different animals and vegetation when outside playing and when on the Sonoran desert field trip.
The learner can break down parts and see how they work together.
When learning about the different crawlers, animals, and vegetation they can see how the animals need to vegetation for food and how all three thing relate to each other. Circle of life.
The learner puts together elements or parts to form a whole.
This can be applied by learning the different parts of the animal or crawler. Also during the activities when placing the correct term to the sentence.
The learner makes judgments about the value of the material or methods for a given purpose.
The learner is able to recall information from the website but is also able to go back to the website for future uses as well as use it as a guide.

Constructivist Theory
Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that encourages children to actively engage with their world and build their beliefs and knowledge through interaction and internal processes. Students should have interaction with the teacher as well as other students in the classroom and the materials used in the classroom. The student will gain valuable knowledge by being actively engaged in the lesson. In constructivist classrooms, students are considered as partners in learning and teacher-lead and child initiated activities need to be balanced. The students get to choose their own animals and vegetation or crawler to research because it’s based on the student’s interest. The students are finding information and relating it to their imagined excursion and using it to create a personal journal.

Multiple Intelligence Theory
Howard Gardner's 8 multiple intelligences include verbal-linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, musical-rhythmic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, logical-mathematic, visual-spatial, and naturalistic. He thought that humans have multiple ways to use their cognitive abilities. The multiple intelligence theory believes that every person acquires each intelligence, but some people are more capable in certain areas than others. With this website the students will use some if not all multiple intelligences. The lesson plan uses the whole website and the students will benefit from this theory of learning. Linguistics will be applied when the students are writing down their experience, spacial will be applied when drawing pictures and watching videos, and of course naturalistic by exploring the wildlife in the Sonoran Desert. Finally interpersonal intelligence will be applied when sharing their journals with classmates, parents, and teacher.

We were able to create this website that contains content pages and lesson plans which allow students to use all of the different intelligences. The student will understand the material better because they are taught in multiple ways.
Lesson plan: Wildlife Excursion
Please take a moment to review the Desert millipede, Gopher, and the Brittlebush content pages.