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Grade 5: Social Studies:  Explorer Project

Instructional Design: Steven Krahn

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
Exploration and settlement cause groups to have influence on each other, resulting in changes in the way people live.

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:
Contact between people in Canada’s early history prior to and during exploration and settlement brought changes to their lives.

Contact between people in Canada’s early history frequently resulted in competition, cooperation and conflict.

Our history contributed to shaping Canada into a bilingual nation.

Essential Questions:
Why did people become explorers?

What were the reasons for exploration?

Why is Canada a bilingual country?

Students will know:
-how to log in
-how to access the internet
-very basic word processing skills
-they must reword information (Plagerism)
-how to footnote resources
-how to organize their notes to gather info
-topic sentences
-organization of paragraphs

Students will be able to:
Create a slide show for their presentation

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
The children will be doing a project on a specific Canadian explorer with the people in their group.  The project will have 3 sections to it.  The 1st section will be research that will answer questions about the individual explorer.  The 2nd section will be to create a slide show using the information the students gathered.  The 3rd section will be a presentation of the slide show

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Teacher rubric
Student worksheet for evaluation
Peer evaluation

Self Assessment
Student will complete a KWL chart

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
1.Show an introductory video to introduce explorers to the students

2.Read through and discuss teacher expectations

3.Group will choose which areas they are responsible for.   

4.Group will do the research:
    Logon to Appleshare.
     Insert support document (Internet Addresses)
   10 minutes to check out sites
    Use Inspiration to gather notes. Demonstration on how Insp. notes works.
   Begin research.
   Save and logoff

5.Individuals will organize research into paragraph form

6.Students will learn how to make the slide show:
Introduce Claris slideshow:
       Select Draw program
       Select page direction (landscape)
       Select number of pages (accross is easier) and page view (to see individual pages).
        Save as:initials.region name
       Open toolbox:Show Text boxes and how to copy image as object, not character.
       How to play slideshow
Begin slideshow

7.Import paragraphs into the slide show and insert pictures

8.Present the slide show

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)

Student support document.pdf
                Student support document.cwk


Click to download Rubric


Student Exemplars

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


 Last Modified: 16 August,2005