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Grade 6 : Social Studies: China Study

Instructional Design: Raymonde Roulston

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Nations in the World are becoming increasingly interdependent.

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 Pacific Rim is becoming increasingly important. Changes in the way China meets basic needs have been accelerated by communication and technology. Sharing among countries can influence our lifestyle.

Essential Questions:
What does interdependence mean? What aspects of Chinese society would be beneficial for Canadians to adapt? Has the open door policy affected the Chinese lifestyle?

Students will know and be able to:
Retrieve information from electronic and print resources.
Analyse how traditions and customs influence the way people meet their basic needs.
Analyse how communication and technology has affected the way the Chinese meet their basic needs.
Compare Canadian lifestyle to Chinese Lifestyle.
Decide which aspects of lifestyle Canadians can adopt from China.
Collect and organize presented information on a slide show and on a graphic organiser (Inspiration).

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You are a part of a team of reporters collecting information on the lifestyle of the Chinese. You are to prepare an oral presentation, supported by a slide show.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Slide Show, observations, Inspiration Web, Oral Presentation.
Using the information you collected , you are to decide on three aspects that would be beneficial to Canadians and write a newspaper article expressing your views.

Self Assessment
Rubric Evaluation,
Oral discussion
Self-assessment form

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities

In class, before project
Pre teaching:
1. Students will identify specific questions that pertain to physical, psychological and social needs for China.
2. Students will understand that China’s open door policy has had an effect on the lifestyle of the Chinese People.
3. Students will be able to locate China on a map of the world, identify the major cities and know the major landforms in China.
4. Students will be aware of the population distribution in China.

Introduction of the Project:
1. Introduce the project to the students, go over the rubric and assign each group 1 aspect to research.
2. Students will retrieve information from print and electronic resources on their specific aspect.

Lab period 1:
Show a presentation sample with do's and don't. Show how to search for and save pictures in folder. Keep track of sites.
7. Continue researching in class.
8. Lab period 2:
Students log in.
Slide show exploration:
A. Open a presentation document in Appleworks
B. Go to Slide Master, format your background for your slideshow using your tools, try different things, this is practice.
C. When you are satisfied with your background, uncheck the background, go back to slide tab and add new slides.
D. Name your slides. Save your work.
E. Search pictures using Google or scan images. Save pictures to personal folder. KEEP TRACK OF SITES.
9. Continue researching in class.
10. Lab period 3:
Students log in.
A. Students get together in their groups and choose the best background. They choose title and subtopic font, size, colors, etc.
B. Show how to draw objects, add clipart, insert picture. They start planning their slide show and writing slide titles and subtopics. Continue searching for pictures. KEEP TRACK OF SITES.
11. In class, students finish researching and planning their slide show. During regular periods, go search for pictures and extra info. KEEP TRACK OF SITES.
12. Lab period 4:
A. Students finish writing their content in point form.
*Remember to add Internet addresses under for reference and copyright.
13. Lab period 5:
A. Finish presentations and start preparing for oral presentation. Show how to add notes. Print.
Look at rubric and see what can be improved. Rehearse presentation at home using printed slides. Get parent feedback.
14. Lab period 6:
A. Present orals. Use rubric for evaluation. Student self-assesses using rubric and reflects, filling in the reflection form. Teacher assesses using rubric.
B. Audience use information presented and place in graphic organizer.

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 Appleworks 6 and Inspiration 6 installed on your computer to view.


 Last Modified: 21 June,2004