Saturday, August 2, 2008

Blog Post #1 Presentation to Students

3RD GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES ASSIGNMENT FOR ADVANCED ESL STUDENTS

The Board of Education of the City of New York has put together in clear language a Standards-Based Scope & Sequence for Learning (SBSSL). This document is a set of specific learning goals that outlines what students should know by the end of each grade. I used the SBSSL as a guide to create this assignment. This project is designed for 3rd grade students who are studing the theme "Communities Around the World."


Please click on the play button to hear the openning greeting.







Before we get started, let's take a fun, quick survey to find out what we know about Africa as a class. Please click on the link below. We will talk about these questions further in class.

Click Here to take survey




STEP #1) Below are two maps of Africa. In your groups, decide which country you would like to choose to complete this assignment. After picking one country move on to part two of the assignment.

Please click on the maps to enlarge them!



Please click on the maps to enlarge them!



STEP #2)

For the country your group picked, research information and try and find the answers to at least 3 of the following problems.

Questions

1)Locate that country on a map using latitude and longitude and discuss the physical geography of that country. What do you think is the impact of geography on that country?

2)People in different countries depend on and modify their physical environments in different ways. List the natural resources in that country and describe how the natural resources affect its own communities.

3)Human needs and wants differ from country to country. Explore how the people in the country you picked meet their needs for shelter, clothing, and food.

4)Discuss the national holidays, monuments, and festivals of the people in that county.

5)Find out what type of government the country has formed to develop rules and laws. Recognize that people in different countries have conflicts over rules, rights, and responsibilities. Is there any current conflicts going in the country you picked. If so what are they?

I listed some links and information below to help you understand such things as natural resources, longitude and latitude, physical geography and different types of governments. Please click on the following to help you understand the assignment.


Link to find Longitude and Latitude of anyplace in the world

http://www.astro.com/atlas

Links about Natural Resources

http://www.africa.upenn.edu/K-12/menu_EduENVR.html

http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/resource/onlinetext/definitions/resources.htm

Links about Geography

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/African_Geography.htm

http://www.ducksters.com/geography/africa.php

Link about World Governments

http://www.africaguide.com/country.htm

http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en/africa.html

Links about African Festivals

http://goafrica.about.com/od/africafestivalsandevents/African_Festivals_and_Events.htm

http://www.african.net/africanfestivals.htm

http://www.festivals.com/search/map.aspx

Links that have general information on Africa

http://www.africa.upenn.edu/K-12/menu_EduBBS.html

http://africanlanguages.com/

Definition of Physical Geography - The physical elements and processes that make up the environment: energy, air, water, weather, climate, landforms, soils, animals, plants, and the Earth itself. Geography: Mountains, Hills, Plains, & Plateaus



Blog Post #1 Presentation to Students Continued

#3) Put together a slide show presenting the information you have discovered using Photo Story 3.

Below is an example of a finished slide show that I made on the country of Tanzania. Please take the time to view this slide show.



video


Below are two videos that explain how to make a slide show using Photo Story 3. Have a look, but do not worry the program is really easy and we will spend a day or two going over it in class.













Below is rubric for this assignment. A rubric lets you know how the teacher will grade and evalute this assignment. Please click on it to enlarge the size (I embedded it on this blog by using on screen capture).





When building the slide show be sure to include the following:

1. At least 20 slides

2. Voice over narration for each slide

3. Inclusion of all 3 group members on the narration (take turns talking)


4. Put in background music (do this at a soft level so your voice can still be heard

5. Answer at least 3 of the 5 main questions during the slide show

6. Include a written draft of your narration. (to turn in at the end of the project)

7. (Optional) Evaluate what you have learned about your choosen country and compare and contrast the information to your home country (The USA). What is different? What is the same? What do you find interesting about your new country? Why?













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