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Grade 7: LA: Dream Vacation Post card






Instructional Design: Diane Beaudin


Stage 1 - Desired Results




Established Goals:
Students will listen, speak,read, write, view, and represent to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences


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 writing is a powerful means of communicating.

Essential Questions:
Is a post card an effective way of communicating while on a vacation?
How do you communicate well in a limited writing space?

Students will know and be able to:
1.1  express personal understandings of ideas and information based on prior knowledge, experiences with others and variety of oral, print and other media texts
1.1 using appropriate terminology
1.2 use talk, writing and representing to examine, clarify and assess understanding of ideas, information and experiences
1.2 talk with others to elaborate ideas, and ask specific questions to seek helpful feedback
2.1 select and focus relevant ideas
2.2 experience oral, print and other media texts from a varity of of sources
3.3 reflect on ideas and information to form own opinions with evidence to support them
3.4 use appropriate visual, print and/or other media effectively to inform and engage the audience
4.2 atttend to capitalization and punctuation





Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence






Performance Task(s)
1. You are going on a dream vacation. You are to research your destination (outside of Canada) using the internet, travel brochures, books, and encyclopedias. You will then write a short passage to a friend about your  travel destination. This writing will be the body of a post card you are creating.
2.  You will have to find an appropriate picture on the Internet to use on the front of your post card. You will take a digital picture of yourself and place yourself on your background picture.
3. You  will  address and stamp (find one on the Internet)  your post card.


Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Sharing of post cards will be part of their oral presentation to the class.


Self Assessment
Oral discussion with a peer/or parent
Fill out the reflection form for the project






Stage 3 - Learning Plan






Teaching and Learning Activities

In class, students choose their destination and research the information needed.
They learn how to properly address a post card and talk about the advantages/limitations to using a post card as a form of communication.

Period 1 in  lab: Show a sample of the post card. Have students copy the penguin picture, the beach picture and the post card template in their personal folder. Open the post card template. Insert the beach picture. Under Arrange, Scale by percent, choose 50%. Resize to fit the space for the picture. Open a new painting document. Insert the penguin picture, place it in the top portion of the document. using the lasso, select around the penguin. Start over if you go on the penguin. move the penguin outside its background. Remove the background. Reselect the penguin and reduce in size until it is of appropriate proportion. Go to the post card template and drag the beach background over to the painting document. Place the penguin on the beach. Select the beach and drag it back to the post card background. Remove the beach that does not have the penguin on it. Under Format, Ruler Settings, choose text and cm. Format, Show Rulers. Using the text tool, erite the caption, center text and choose appropriate font, size, etc.
        
In class before period 2:
They take a picture of themselves, dressed appropriately for the destination on a white or solid background, using the digital camera. The teacher must place all student pictures in the assignment folder.
Students  write their text.
They should find one or two pictures for their background. Find the largest version of it. No thumbnail! (see instruction)
        
Period 2 in lab:
Students drag and drop their photo from the assignment folder to their personal folder. They duplicate the post card template in their personal folder. Rename it appropriately. Open the new post card template. Insert the background picture. Under Arrange, Scale by percent, choose appropriate %. Resize to fit the space for the picture. Open a new painting document. Insert your  picture, resize. Place it in the top portion of the document. using the lasso, select around your body. Start over if you go on yourself.
Move yourself outside the background. Remove the background. Reselect the person and reduce in size until it is of appropriate proportion. Go to the post card template and drag the vacation background over to the painting document. Place your person on the background. Select the background and drag it back to the post card background. Remove the background that does not have you on it. Under Format, Ruler Settings, choose text and cm. Format, Show Rulers. Using the text tool, write the caption, center text and choose appropriate font, size, etc.

Period 3 in lab: Students continue where they left off .
Students then write their message and the address of recipient. If time permits, they look for a stamp and paste in on the post card.
        
Period 4 in lab: All students should finish their work. Start preparing for oral presentation.
Look at rubric and see what can be improved. Print. Rehearse presentation at home. Get parent feedback.
In class:
A. Present orals. Use rubric for evaluation. Student self-assesses using rubric and reflects, filling in the reflection form. Teacher assesses using rubric.

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)





Rubric(s)







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Click to download Rubric





Student Exemplars







The following exemplar represent an adequate student sample. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need Appleworks 6 installed on your computer to view.

        



 Last Modified: 17 August,2005