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Grade 4: Social Studies: Alberta Explorers (Trading Cards)

Instructional Design: J. Holm, T. Kaye, M. Aultman

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
Topic B  Alberta: It’s People in History
Students will create Trading Cards containing specific information about individual explorers who  traveled through Alberta

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.

ICTGr2Alberta Explorers.pdf

General Outcomes:
Individuals have contributed to the development of Alberta as a province.
What are the details of their explorations?

Essential Questions:
Who were the first Europeans to explore Alberta?
What lasting impact did they have on Alberta today?

Students will know:
Students will have completed research on the topic of explorers deemed important in the development of Alberta.

Students will be able to:
Students will be able to summarize the information learned  using Inspiration and present it in the trading card format.
They  will then be asked to apply the trading card format to other curriculum topics.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
Our class has been hired by a ‘trading card’ company to create a series of Alberta Explorer trading cards. These cards must include:

Name of explorer and date of birth/death
Country of origin
Company they worked for
Where in Alberta did they explore
Interesting detail about their life

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Students will retain information and use cards to study from. Students will use trading cards for any future  topics of their choice.

Self Assessment
Students complete a reflection on the project.

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Lesson 1/2:
  -Introduce project
  -Drag in support document in personal disk space
  -Research- using textbooks, library sources, and/ or Internet students will learn about the main explorers  of Alberta from the 1600’s and on.
  -Inspiration planning- students will cover these facts about an explorer of their choice......
             Name of explorer and date of birth/death
             Country of origin
             Company they worked for
             Where in Alberta did they explore
              Interesting  detail about their life

Lesson 3/4:
   -Drag Trading Card template in personal disk space- students will find picture and put it on template- either scanned or from Internet . They will write a paragraph containing the information above at the back of the template.

Presentation- either print and make cards or send to teacher folder to present to class. They can make multiple copies to trade or share.

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
Student Support Document.pdf
pdf file        Student Support Document.cwkAppleWorks file

Trading Card Template.pdf
        pdf file        Trading Card Template.cwkApppleWorks 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 Inspiration and AppleWorks 6 installed on your computer to view.


 Last Modified: 15 August,2005