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Grade 4 : Social Studies: Alberta Regions

Instructional Design: C. Kirchner, P. Houle, D. Richard, S. Prefontaine

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
• Know geographical regions of Alberta with emphasis on Natural Resources specific to each region.
• Locate and  describe major geographical regions and specific geographical features such as lakes, rivers, cities and mountains.
• Make an outline map of Alberta accompanied by developed symbols and a legend showing major cities, mountains, and main rivers.

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.
ICTsGr4AlbertaRegionsGPV.pdf  pdf version      

General Outcomes:
• Know the natural resources available in Alberta; e.g., land, water, fossil fuels, animals, forests, minerals
• Use colour contour and visual relief maps to visualise the nature of the areas shown
• Use computer programs to assist in the study of specific content areas
• Organise information through the use of pictures and reports accompanied by a title

Essential Questions:
• Why is it important to know our province?
• What can we say about our future based on what we know?

Students will know:
•the five regions of Alberta

Students will be able to:
• identify landforms
• identify resources for their particular region
• identify towns and cities in that region
• identify lakes and rivers in the region
• use the computer program Kidspirations
• use the digital camera and import the image onto a slideshow presentation
• import images from the Internet

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You are a Conservation Officer  and you must present a slideshow to your fellow Albertans about one of the five landforms in Alberta.  You will be showing them where it is located, what natural resource(s) are in this region, which town or city might occupy it, and if there are any lakes and rivers passing through it.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
• Teacher’s observations
• Evaluation using the rubric

Self Assessment
Student reflection (which will be done at the end of this project)

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities

Presenting a slideshow on an Alberta region
1. Research information on your landform:
A. Location of the region
B. Find as many resources  available in that region as you can. You must be able to show where we find them in your region.
C. Which towns and cities are in that region?
D. Are there rivers, oceans and lakes in that region?

2-3 periods in class and lab time
2. Introduction to Inspiration:
Create a new document, add topics, undo, delete topic, outline view

Plan your slideshow: How many slides do you need?
What will you present or talk about on each slide?

1- 1 hour period in lab

        Some things you will need to include:
A) A drawing in Appleworks painting of the outline of Alberta and its regions.
B) A digital picture of your  dough map of Alberta
C)  pictures of town/city that might produce a resource found in your region
D)  pictures of the landscape of that region

**Search the Internet for pictures:
Click on the image tab,
Enter the word(s) and hit search.
3. Make a drawing in Appleworks painting--Draw the outline of Alberta and its regions. You will need to show the areas where we find natural resources in your landform.
Draw an outline of Alberta:
In the computer lab, start introducing the paint program. Give students 30min. to play around with the tools, after your demonstration.
1. Create a new document.
2. Under Window--Page View
3. Using a thicker line, draw the outline of Alberta. Do not add color yet.
4. Save

Have a map representing the landform and another one representing the natural resources.
1. Select the document created earlier (without opening it) and --File--Duplicate
2. Open the document, copy and color the landform.
3. Create a legend. Remember to make your rectangle around it clear (FILLER TOOL). Use the eye dropper to find your color if needed. Close and save.
4. Duplicate the map you just finished and represent the natural resources on top of the landform.

2 - 1 hour period in lab

4. Use the digital camera to take a picture of your  dough map of Alberta.  
Teacher must downloaded pictures in assignment folder. Picures may need to be renamed and resized to fit well in document and be easily found.

1- 30 minutes period in class time.

5. Create the slideshow:
1. Open a new drawing document
2. Window--Page view
To see rulers: Window--Show rulers (you may need to change the rulers for text rulers: Format--Rulers)
3. Format--Document, type in the # of pages wanted.
4. Insert the maps by selecting (using the rectangle selecting tool)copying and pasting them in the slideshow.
5. Add pictures copied (hold mouse button down on picture--copy picture) from the Internet, remember to add Internet address under for reference and copyright.
6. Add picture of doughmap by going unde File--Insert, go select picture (previously placed in Assignment folder).
7. Window--Slideshow  

2  -1 hour period in lab

8. Present orally with slideshow as visual support
2- 1 hour periods in class time

Key Design Elements

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

They will be presented with the whole project at the beginning.

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

You are a Conservation Officer  and you must present a slideshow to your fellow Albertans about one of the five landforms in Alberta.  Lots of hands-on

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

They will each research a specific region and develop solid knowledge of this one region. They will listen to the other students presenting their regions, therefore learning more about them.

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

Teacher will walk around when they are busy working on their presentation, she will question them on their choices of  key words.

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

They will present to the rest of the class their slideshow.

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

Click to download


Click to download Rubric RubricAlbertaRegions.jpg


Student Exemplars

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

 Last Modified: 16 August,2005