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Grade 3: Etudes Sociales: Carte Postale du Nord

Instructional Design: Rebecka Riddell-McKay & Joelle Belanger

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
Old Program of Studies - Topic C: Special Communities
Some people prefer to live in or belong to a special community so they can keep their customs and traditions.
New Program of Studies - General Outcome 3.1: Communities in the World
Students will demonstrate an understanding of how social, cultural, linguistic, geographic and economic characteristics shape communities in other parts of the world, and appreciate how the contributions of individuals affect the quality of life in these communities.

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.

General Outcomes:
The students will be able to show (through pictures and text) aspects which distinguish Inuit communities.
Art, housing, clothing, music, dance, traditional costumes, food, transportation, schooling, family life, pastimes, occupations & environment will all be considered.

Essential Questions:
What is distinct about Inuit communities?
Why are there cultural differences between communities?
How do differences enrich people’s relationship?

Students will know:
The students will have an awareness of the geographic placement of Inuit communities.  (Northern Canada)

Students will know the components that make up a community.

Compose original text to relay a message
Understand what a postcard is and its use

Students will be able to:
Read and gather information about an Inuit community
Compose original text
Type a message using an Appleworks template and use the spell checking features
Copy and paste a digital picture in the template

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
“You are exploring a northern Inuit community and want to send your friend a virtual postcard. First, find a photo showing the lifestyle of the people you see around you. Second, write a message explaining the photo.”  

- Students will choose an appropriate photo from the websites given.
- Students will copy & paste a picture from the web onto their template.
- Students will write a concise message explaining the photo.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Teacher observations during class time.

Self Assessment
Students will use the project specific rubric to evaluate their postcard.

Students will complete a project evaluation form at the end.

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Postcard from the North

Period 1 in  lab: Introduce the new unit by visiting predetermined web sites.  Site addresses have been  copied onto your student instruction document and made active. If you place it in the exercise folder, students could copy it. Ensure you have them bookmark the sites.

In class before period 1 in lab: Ask students to bring in postcards they have received or bring some in to show them.

Explain the postcard project.

Discuss postcard formats and characteristics (interesting photo, short message related to location, address & stamp).

Show template and a pre-made example.

Period 2 in lab a) Students copy the template in their personal folder. Show students how to copy picture from Internet.

    b)  They return to the site previously visited. They read up on the community and choose a photo, copy & paste.

     c) Research information pertaining to photo.  

      d) Write two or three sentences describing photo.

      e) Write the address (Challenge: Try to find a real address from the community researched)

Period 3 in lab: Students continue where they left off .
Students who work really fast could perhaps write a postcard from the receiver, talking about St. Albert???

Period 4 in lab: All students should finish their work. Print finished postcards. Cut the two sides and glue on cardboard.

Period 5 in class:
Students will share their postcards with the class or in small groups.

Students will self-evaluate their own postcards using the teacher created rubric.
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 Rubric RubricCartePostale.jpg

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.x installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 3 August,2005