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Grade 4 : Social Studies: Alberta Travel Brochure

Instructional Design: M. Fraser, J. Victoor, J. Dargis-Boucher, S. Viveiros

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
Comparative study of Alberta and Quebec - similarities and differences in geography and lifestyle

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:
There are similarities and differences in the way people in Alberta and Quebec live.

Essential Questions:
How are we similar to the people in Quebec? How are we different?
In which way has Alberta been influenced by Quebec?

Students will know:
Students have completed Topic A: Alberta - Its
Geography and people

Students will be able to:
Students will learn about the similarities between Alberta and Quebec.
They will become more familiar with geography, resources, occupations, leisure activities, language and customs.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You work for Alberta Tourism and you have been asked to produce an informative brochure on an Alberta region.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)

Self Assessment

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Alberta Brochure SS4- Planning

        To do in class, before first period in lab:
Assign topic (Alberta region) to each group.
Provide students with rubric and explain task with expectations, including timeline.
As a class, brainstorm what has been learned during the Alberta unit under appropriate categories.
Teacher will write on overhead and students will copy down main ideas. In groups of three, students will take information and produce short paragraphs. Have them hand in for spelling and vocabulary evaluation.

*Teacher must place template in class assignment folder as well as resource pictures.

        Period 1 in lab: Getting template and start writing:
Show example with advice (show tools, how to keep writing boxes, insist on not worrying about formatting for now).
Have students open own folder as well as assignment folder.
Have them drag the template in their own folder. Close assignments and open brochure template.
Have them start writing their paragraphs under the correct heading onto template. Be careful to have them write inside the subtitles text boxes otherwise, text will push other elements on brochure. When the written part is done, they must reread each-other's work and do spell check. Show them how to save it and name it so it can easily be found in shared folder (e.g. BrochureJoseeL). Have them save again, but have them choose the shared folder (inside class folder) as a destination instead of their own.

        Period 2 in lab: Continue to work on writing information:
Have each student drag and drop (holding the Option key) each of their team mates brochure into their personal folder.
Show them how to open their own brochure and one of their team mates brochure documents at the same time. Show them how to go back and forth between both documents (by going under View and choosing the document). Have them select with the mouse a paragraph on a team mate’s document and copy onto their own brochure.

Have them get their tools (Show tools under Window).
Copy the image into their personal folder: Have them open the assignment folder. Have them select all the pictures by holding the Shift key as they select. Drag and drop (holding down the Option key) the pictures into their personal folder.

Show them how to add pictures: Double click on picture (choose picture viewer, Later for update if asked). Click on picture and Copy under Edit. Get their own brochure, be sure to have them click on the arrow tool before they paste (see picture below). Let students work on their brochure and place pictures.

        Period 3 in lab: Finish brochure:
Let students finish their brochure and show formatting. (If the rulers aren't showing, go under Format--Rulers, click Text). Show how to use left, centre, right or justified alignment. Look at line spacing, and font formatting. A brochure should have some continuity. The subtitles should be in the same size and font. The subtitles should be in a bigger font than the text.

Have them refer to rubric to ensure they have done their best.

Before printing, ensure there is Legal size paper in the multipurpose tray. Show how to select the multipurpose tray. Print and paste both sides back to back.
Have them add colour if desired.

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 RubricTravelBrochure.jpg

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent student sample. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need AppleWorks installed on your computer to view.


 Last Modified: 16 August,2005