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Grade 4: Religion & LA: God's Kingdom Newsletter

Instructional Design: Mark kirvan

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Religion: Themes 16 and 17

Grade Four Language Arts Outcomes

1.2 Clarify & Extend: Combine Ideas
-use personal writing and representing to record and reflect on ideas, information, and experiences (Scripture research)

2.1 Use Strategies & Cues: Use References
-use spell-check function to confirm the spellings of unfamiliar words in texts

2.2 Respond To Texts: Experience Various Texts
-retell events of stories in another form or medium (Scripture research)

2.3 Understand Forms, Elements, Techniques: Elaborate On The Expression Of Ideas
-select and use visuals that enhance meaning of oral, print and other media texts

2.3 Understand Forms, Elements, Techniques: Structure Texts
-produce narratives that describe experiences and reflect personal responses

3.1 Plan & Focus: Determine Information Needs
-ask relevant questions and respond to questions related to particular topics (Scripture research)

3.1 Plan & Focus: Plan To Gather Information
-develop & follow  class plan for accessing and gathering ideas & info
(e.g. graphics for newsletter)

3.2 Select & Process: Use A Variety Of Sources
-locate info to answer research questions using a variety of sources

3.3 Organize, Record, Evaluate: Organize Information
-organize texts into sections that relate to and develop the topic (newsletter sections)

3.3 Organize, Record, Evaluate: Record Information
-paraphrase info from oral, print and other media sources (Scripture research)

3.4 Share & Review: Share Ideas And Information
-communicate ideas and information in a variety of texts such as short reports, talks and posters
-select visuals to add interest and to engage the audience (logo, photographs)

4.1 Enhance & Improve: Enhance Legibility
-use special features of software when composing, formatting, and revising text

4.3 Present & Share: Present Information
-present ideas & info, on a topic of interest, to peers in a well-organized form (computer newsletter)

4.3 Present & Share: Enhance Presentation
-add interest to presentations through the use of props, such as pictures, overheads and artifacts

5.1 Respect Others & Strengthen Community: Celebrate Accomplishments
-use appropriate language to honour accomplishments in and beyond the classroom (a person who cares)

5.2 Work Within A Group: Cooperate With Others
-ask for and provide info and assistance, as appropriate, for completing individual tasks

5.2 Work Within A Group: Evaluate Group Process
-assess group process, using established criteria, and determine areas for improvement

Students will have an increased appreciation of how God cares for people.
Students will become familiar with Jesus’ mission of bringing God’s reign of love into people’s lives. They will be able to pick out the signs of the Kingdom of God in their community, school, and home.

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.

Enduring Understandings:
We find in Jesus’ own activity and person the best example of the compassion of God. Jesus lived the ‘Kingdom of God.”

Essential Questions:
How does Jesus reveal the compassion of God?

Students will know and be able to:
- see God’s Kingdom in the caring actions of Jesus’ friends today - people who
do caring actions
-identify caring people within the school community and the signs of their caring
- decide on something personal to do to welcome the Kingdom in their home or school
- carry out Scripture research and write about their findings in a personal way
-know that Jesus made time to pray and taught us to do so

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You will create a newsletter to help our students and their families to learn how to read the signs of God’s Kingdom.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
- rubric

Self Assessment
- individual reflection and project evaluation
- class summary of project evaluation

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Unit 16: Jesus reveals the compassion of God

A computer newsletter template is used to bring together important elements of this unit of study, namely
-being able to pick out the signs of the Kingdom of God in the community (including home and school)
-knowing Jesus as a teacher and miracle worker and that Jesus was about the Kingdom of God
-being able to find caring actions of Jesus in the Bible
-being someone who wants to share in Jesus’ work through being attentive to the needs of others

Theme 16 - enhancing the student’s ability to perceive and interpret signs of caring
Signs of Caring
-students think of a caring person within the school community (e.g. librarian, secretary, etc.)
-each student chooses on of these caring people to write about, explain how caring she/he is
-the student’s writing will appear on page one of the newsletter under the heading ‘Who Cares?’

Theme 16 - entering into the story of Jesus announcing his mission in the synagogue at Nazareth
Your Kingdom Come
-after discussing the words “your Kingdom come” in the ‘Our Father’, brainstorm concrete signs of God’s reign that would make the Kingdom more visible in our homes and school
-each student writes about what she/he will do to welcome the Kingdom in her/his home or classroom (Kingdom actions)
-the writing will appear on page one of the newsletter under the heading ‘Welcoming the Kingdom’

Theme 17 - focusing on Jesus as he carries out his mission
Scripture Research
-each student will choose a passage from pp107,8 in the Come and See text
-with the four questions listed there a a guide, the student will then recount the event in her/hi own words
  -the question “why did Jesus help?’ will require personal reflection
  -the student will also be encouraged to react personally to the event
-the writing will appear on page two of the newsletter and the student will include a Scripture citation

Jesus Did The Will Of His Father
-discussion and Scripture (Luke 5: 15-16) on the importance of prayer in discovering what the Father wants of us
-building on the atmosphere and experiences that the catechist has provided over time to lead the children to prayer
  -the children will be encouraged to pray with the Scripture passage previously chosen i.e. using their imaginations to enter into the Gospel stories (see, hear, taste, feel, smell) and really be with Jesus and the people who surround him (see Come and See pp 21,22 on prayer)
-writing flowing from this contemplative prayer will also appear on page two of the newsletter

In addition, students will choose their own newsletter name, reflecting the month’s learning. The students will add our school logo beside their newsletter name. It features a large and small hand, reaching and almost touching, superimposed on a cross. This connects with the newsletter’s theme - God’s compassion. Each student will add a photograph of the ‘caring’ adult whom she/he wrote about for page one. The students will also add a graphic connecting to the Scripture passage studied as well as another appropriate graphic reflecting their insight into prayer.

Lab Sessions
Session 1:
Students drag the newsletter template in their personal disk space. Students type in articles already prepapred in the classroom. Demonstrate how to change font and font size to fit articles in the text boxes.

Session 2:
Show students how to search and copy and paste pictures from the Internet. Continue typing articles.

Session 3:
Show students how to insert their digital pictures from the shared exercise folder and how to resize them. Continue articles.

Session 4:
Demonstrate how to use spellcheck. Discuss rules such as one space after a period and coma. Continue articles.

Session 5 and 6:
Complete newsletter and print.

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

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.


 Last Modified: 15 August,2005