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Grade : 4 and 5

Instructional Design: Dianne Hutton

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
There are similarities and differences between lifestyles in Alberta/Quebec. Our past has an influence on our present.
The links between Canada/France/Britain/U.S were established in the past and that past has an influence on our present.

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:
The growth of Canada/Alberta has been shaped by many significant events, people, landforms and resources of the regions.

Essential Questions:
What is our role in the world as Canadians/Albertans?
Are we bound to our links  from events in the past?
Have these relationships changed?

Students will know and be able to:
-identify and illustrate reasons for British/French exploration
-identify and illustrate key figures in Alberta/Canada exploration and growth
-select people -events -landforms critical to the formation of Canada/Alberta
-discover and explain reasons why Canada is linked to the United States
-research and gather( from texts - internet) needed facts and information
-create and design a slide show to showcase the information found

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
The grade 4/5’s will create and design a slide show, in the form of an ABC Book, to showcase the links between Alberta-Quebec (4) and Canada - Britain - France - United States (5).

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Teacher observation, rubric, self evaluation of research skills, cooperation/collaboration within a group

Self Assessment

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
W- The students will be directed to use information gleaned from texts - the internet - and their old notes to create a culminating Social Studies project.
  -They will review and discuss the evaluation rubric, check lists and  self evaluation procedures that will be used throughout this project.

H- The hook will be the learning of this new technology to create a slide show.

E- The big idea will be experienced by discussion, selection and debate of the key figures- events - landforms - chosen by individuals and groups.

R- Brainstorming key figures - events - resources, etc. will lead to discussion and debate. The children will be expected to justify their choices of  what gets put into the slideshow. (See ABClist document for keywords)

E- The students will present their finished slideshows to their classmates.
 - They will journal throughout the project, noting what facts and skills they are learning.

**Students will create a storyboard of their presentation in the classrrom. (see template below)

Computer lab sessions:
Session 1 & 2 Exploration of Presentation   Theme: animals
See Presentation Instructions below.
Logon, Launch Presentation
Make 4 slides to begin:
1.Title + name +add  clipping/picture from library
2.Title next slide dog. Using clippings library. Write one sentence.
3.Title next slide with favorite animal.  
 4.Use google to find picture and copy to slide
5.Title next slide with favorite animal.         
 6.Use google to find picture and download picture to  folder. Show how to insert picture from folder.

Session 3
View sample slideshow and discuss the multimedia tips included in presentation.
1. Slide in personal folder chosen background (see link below to download backgrounds) and, Student support document. 2. Create title page. 3. Create 1 page at a time and alternate with partner.

Session 4
1.Complete slides

Session 5 & 6
1. Complete work. Insert sound clips from sound folder. Demonstrate transitions and play options.

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: 14 June,2004