Students’ age range: 12-14
Topic: The Central Processing Unit
Description: Introductory Activity: A picture of the brain will be placed on the board. The students will be asked to share with the class what they think the picture represents and what are some of its functions. Responses will be recorded in a selective manner while undesirable responses will be addressed by asking the other students to critique the response given by providing evidence in their response. (10 minutes)
Step 1: Students will view a section of a video that was downloaded from Youtube using the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkFi90lZmXA. The video will be stopped at two minutes and thirty-two seconds (2:32).
Step 2: After viewing the video, students will state which part of the computer is referred to as the brain and what they learnt about the CPU while watching the video. They will be asked to make comparisons between the functions of our human brain that of the computers brain. The student’s responses will be recorded on the board in a selective manner. Undesirable responses will be addresses by asking the other students to critique the response given by providing evidence in their response. (10 minutes)
Step 3: Students will be engaged in a form of discovery learning as some students will be provided with the terms associated the Central Processing Unit, while other students will be provided with the definitions. The students will then be required to find the person who has their term/definition and report to the teacher. After this activity has been completed, the class will be engaged in a discussion about the Central Processing Unit and its associated terms. (7 minutes)
Step 4: Students will view a video presentation downloaded from Youtube using the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0cA72gNzaM&t=11s from which they will learn more about the Central Processing Unit and its components. Students will be engaged in a discussion about each part after they have recorded the notes afterwhich we will look back at the initial matching of terms to see if the students were correct in their matching of terms to definitions. (15 minutes)