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Grade 6: Social Studies: The Government

Instructional Design: Françoise Gamache

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:

Social Studies General Outcomes:
Canadians organize themselves through three levels of government to meet some of their needs. In a democracy, citizens have rights and responsibilities.

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:
Students will understand that every individual has a say in the laws made in our country. How are laws made, bills                      passed.

Essential Questions:
What are basic human needs?   
How can a government help meet these needs?  

Students will know and be able to:
What is the key knowledge and skill needed to develop the desired understandings?
use IMovie skill , film making in the classroom
key knowledge : GST, PST, How a bill is passed, lobby groups, individual roles [Prime Minister, Official opposition, Premier, Mayor, citizens, what needs are met through taxation

What knowledge and skill relates to the established goals/outcomes on which the unit is focused?
-analyze examples of how lobby groups influence government decisions
-analyze how government action can affect the people, both positively and negatively
-summarize information from a variety of sources
-use prepared notes in presenting an oral report
-participate in a simulation of the parliamentary procedure

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
The students will be assigned roles to learn how a Bill is passed and made into Law. The Specific bill will be an increase in the GST. This tax helps the government meet some of the needs of the citizens of Canada.  The performance task will be to create short    IMovies to demonstrate each step of the process of passing a Law and who is involved.  Children will organize, practice and     perform each section. Then all sections will be presented in order so students see it overall.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Written exercises done covering some of the key knowledge.
IMovie presentations that cover specific steps in law making.(rubric)

Self Assessment

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Class 1-2-3: Review Login. Exploration of i-movie. Look at help files to discuss various shots. Use still pictures and save on public user folder or ghost file.
1. Place pictures on shelf. Change order. Change time of clips.
2. Titles
3. Effects
5.Audio (students may bring a CD)
Students need to complete storyboard by end of week 1.

Class 4-5: Groups take turns with video camera. As groups complete taping, download to a computer. Back up on external hard drive.

Class 6-7-8: Edit video.

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.  NB - You will need Inspiration 7.x installed on your computer to view.


 Last Modified: 16 August,2005