Thursday, February 7, 2013

Making a Brochure Using Presentation Lesson Plan

Title: Come Visit Meteghan


Alberta curriculum social studies connections:


  • Students will understand how the physical geography of each community shape its identity.
  • Students will access and retrieve appropriate information from electronic sources for a specific inquiry.
  • Students will prepare and present information in their own words, using respectful language.

Materials:

  • Books and/or textbooks on Nova Scotia and Meteghan 
  • access to computers and Google Apps
Activities:


  1. Have students use a variety of resources (books, textbooks, websites and videos) to research why people might want to visit Meteghan and what they could do there as a visitor. For some website ideas see Social Studies Grade TwoNova Scotia and Acadian Culture.
  2. Provide students with a place to record their research, such as the brochure planning sheet. Students should write in proper sentences at the bottom. However, in the place where the image will go, they should record keywords that they can use to help them search for images that will relate to the sentence.
  3. Have students hand in their planning sheets so that you can edit them and check they are on topic. 
  4. How you do step 4 will depending on your students' skill with Google presentation. I recommend creating a template that you can share with your students, such as a brochure template. Have your students make a copy and rename.
  5. Demonstrate on a Smartboard how to select the text "type here" on the template and to delete it before starting to type their own sentences (using their planning sheet).
  6. Demonstrate on a Smartboard how to use the research tool in Google presentation. Model using keywords to search for images. Go over your expectations for what types of images are acceptable. (Will you accept cartoon images if they are on topic?)
    • You may want to discuss what happens when your keywords do not result in any appropriate images. For example, as Meteghan is such a small village, searching "Meteghan whale watching" may not be a good combination of search terms. "Nova Scotia whale watching" might work better.
  7. Allow students time to work independently. This will likely take 1-2 lessons or days. 
  8. Have students share their presentation with you. You can print them out. Select print using system dialog. Then select "Use "2 sided, flip on short edge".   Here is an example of a student's brochure.

Assessment:

Rubric for Meteghan brochure.

Feedback:

I'd love any suggestions to improve the lesson and rubric.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Inuit Culture Lesson Plan

Title: Inuit Culture Presentation


Alberta curriculum social studies connections:
  • Students will organize and present information, such as written and oral reports, taking particular audiences and purposes into consideration.
  • Students will investigate the cultural and linguistic characteristics of an Inuit community in Canada.
  • Students will identify key words from gathered information on a topic or issue.
Materials:

Activity:
  1. Have students use a variety of resources (books, textbooks, websites and videos) to research different components of Inuit culture. This can be done as a whole class, in partners, as individuals or a combination of the three. For some website ideas see Social Studies Grade Two, look under Nunavut and Inuit Culture. 
  2. Provide students with a place to record their research, such as the research planning sheet. Encourage jot notes instead of sentences.
  3. How you do step 3 will depending on your students' skill with Google presentation. I recommend creating a template that you can share with your students, such as Inuit Culture Presentation Template. Have your students make a copy and rename.
  4. Demonstrate on a Smartboard what the text slide should look like (sentences or bullets) and review your expectations.
  5. Demonstrate on a Smartboard how to use the research tool in Google presentation. Model using keywords to search for images. Go over your expectations for what types of images are acceptable. (Will you accept cartoon images if they are on topic?)
  6. Allow students time to work independently. This will likely take a number of lessons/days.
  7. Have students share their presentation with you. Here is an example of a student presentation.
Assessment:

Feedback:
I'd love any suggestions to improve the lesson and rubric.