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Grade 3: Arctic Animal Trading Cards

Instructional Design: Deb Martyna, Lisa Ricioppo, Nicole Wenger

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
Integrated Subject Areas: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.
ICTGr3Arctic Animals.pdf

General Outcomes:
LA: Express ideas and develop understanding
         Combine  ideas
         Use comprehension strategies
         Experiment with language and forms
         Use a variety of sources to access and
         evaluate  information
         Organize,  record and share  information
         Science: GLE 3-l0
     Social Studies: Topic C- Special Communities

Essential Questions:
How do Arctic animals adapt to their environment?
What are environmental conditions that threaten this animal’s survival?
How does this animal benefit the Inuit people?

Students will know:
How to access, gather and organize information to share with others
The answers to the ‘essential questions’

Students will be able to:
Use Inspiration effectively
Use Internet Explorer to access information
Organize and summarize information
Transport pictures from Internet sites
Share their information using the template provided, as well as orally

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
Our class has been hired by a ‘trading card’ company to create a series of Arctic animal trading cards. These cards must include  a description and picture of the animal as well as  information about the animal’s food, young and enemies. Each card must also tell how the Inuit use this animal. The most exciting part of your card will be under the heading “Did you know?” Here, you will share the most unique and interesting facts about your animal. You will be orally presenting your cards to the manufacturing company  in hopes that  the above requirements have been met.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Oral Presentation in riddle format

Self Assessment
Self -evaluation form

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities

Key Design Elements

How will students know where they are going, why they are headed there, and how they will be evaluated?

How will you hook the students at the beginning of the unit?

What will help students experience the big idea of this unit?  How will you equip them with the needed skills and knowledge?

How will you get students to reflect and rethink?  How will you guide them in rehearsing, revising, and  refining their work?

How will students exhibit and self-evaluate their growing skills, knowledge and understanding?


Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)

Click to download

pdf file


Click to download Rubric


Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need AppleWorks 6 installed on your computer to view.


 Last Modified: 2 October,2003