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Teacher Guide for a "Unit of Practice" Project

Fun, Sun, and Hurricanes?

By Sandra Baird
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"How does the climate and geography affect the way people live and work in the Southeast?"


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Standards and Learning Objectives

Kenosha Unified School District Academic Content Standards
Social Studies
Grade 4
SS.4.22.2. Understands the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface.
SS.4.22.2.A. Knows the factors that are important in the location of economic activities.
SS.4.22.3. Understands the patterns of human settlement and their causes.
SS.4.22.3.A. Knows the similarities and differences in housing and land use in urban and suburban areas through time.
SS.4.23.2. Understands how human actions modify the physical environment.
SS.4.23.2.A. Knows the ways people alter the physical environment (e.g., creating irrigation projects).
SS.4.23.3. Understands how physical systems affect human systems.
SS.4.23.3.A. Understands how humans adapt to variations in the physical environment and climate (e.g., choices of clothing, housing, agriculture, recreation, and food).
Grade 4
Problem Solving
MA.4.6. Uses a variety of strategies in the problem-solving process.
MA.4.6.A. Applies a problem solving process (e.g., problem, data, use mathematics, check).
Information Literacy
Grade 4
Information Seeking
IL.4.1. Knows how to define the problem and identify the information need.
IL.4.1.A. Recognizes situations where information is needed to resolve a specific problem or question.
IL.4.1.B. Determines what information is already known about the problem or question.
IL.4.1.C. Determines what additional information is neede.
IL.4.1.D. Determines a specific focus or topic for the information search.
IL.4.2. Knows how to use a formal information seeking process.
IL.4.2.A. Identifies possible sources of information including print, non-print, electronic or human resources.
IL.4.2.B. Checks for currency and relevance to topic.
IL.4.2.C. Selects more than one resource when appropriate.
IL.4.2.D. Identifies keywords and phrases.
IL.4.2.E. Recognizes different ways to organize information (e.g., outline, mapping, graphic organizers).
IL.4.2.F. Lists steps to follow in carrying out the information search.
IL.4.3. Knows how to locate sources and find information within those sources.
IL.4.3.E. Uses the Internet to locate information.
IL.4.3.F. Uses print and electronic resources such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac and atlas.
Evaluate and Interpret
IL.4.4. Knows how to evaluate resources and select relevant information.
IL.4.4.A. Selects resources appropriate to their interests, abilities and information needs.
IL.4.5. Knows how to record, organize and interpret selected information.
IL.4.5.A. Takes notes or records information in own words using manual or electronic tools (e.g., notecards, encyclopedia, notepads).
IL.4.5.C. Arranges notes to help answer the information problem.
IL.4.5.D. Draws conclusions based on the information gathered.
IL.4.6. Knows how to communicate and evaluate the results of research and inquiry.
IL.4.6.B. Establishes the criteria to be used in assessing the product or presentation and the process.
IL.4.6.C. Creates an original product or presentation to communicate the results of the research.
IL.4.6.D. Determines how well conclusions and product meet the original information need.
IL.4.6.E. Assesses the process/product based on established criteria.
Instructional Technology
Grade 3-5
Basic Operation and Concepts
IT.3-5.1. Demonstrates knowledge of basic instructional technology concepts and operations.
IT.3-5.1.A. Demonstrates proficient file management skills (e.g., opening, closing, naming, saving and backing up to hard drive, disk or file server).
IT.3-5.1.B. Independently uses instructional hardware and software for class or personal use.
IT.3-5.1.C. Independently operates classroom media devices (e.g., laserdisc player, digital camera, and video
Productivity Tools
IT.3-5.3. Knows how to use productivity software to organize, create and manipulate information.
IT.3-5.3.A. Uses a graphic organizer to construct outlines, webs, flowcharts or timelines.
IT.3-5.3.B. Uses a word processing program to open, enter, save/save as, scroll and print text.
IT.3-5.3.C. Uses formatting features of a word processing program to change text and layout (e.g., font, size, style, columns, tabs, margins, line spacing).
IT.3-5.3.D. Uses text editing features of a word processing program to edit a document and save changes (e.g., select, copy, delete, paste, move).
IT.3-5.3.E. Imports, captures or manipulates graphics from a variety of sources to illustrate, enhance, or explain text.
IT.3-5.3.F. Uses print options (e.g., print preview, print menu, large print area).
IT.3-5.3.H. Uses word processing utilities to assist with a published report (e.g., spell checker, electronic thesaurus).
IT.3-5.3.P. Creates a database with a minimum of five fields and ten records.
IT.3-5.3.T. Demonstrates District process for saving to designated folder or disk (e.g., last name, first three letters of teacher's last name, keyword, application).
Planning, Producing, and Presenting
IT.3-5.4. Knows how to use technology to plan, produce and present a product.
IT.3-5.4.B. Plans a multimedia production using an outline, storyboard or graphic organizer.
IT.3-5.4.C. Uses a scanner, camcorder or digital camera to collect images to illustrate text or to insert into a slideshow.
IT.3-5.4.D. Creates a simple document or slideshow incorporating text, sound, graphics or video.
IT.3-5.4.E. Creates and presents a short video program.
IT.3-5.4.F. Classifies collected data and constructs a simple database by defining fields, entering and sorting data and producing a report.
Research and Communication Tools
IT.3-5.5. Knows how to use technology to access and transmit information.
IT.3-5.5.A. Uses basic terms related to the Internet (e.g., World Wide Web, homepage, links modem, Web site, bookmarks).
IT.3-5.5.D. Accesses information from the Internet using a Web browser.
IT.3-5.5.E. Uses bookmarks to save and access Web sites.
Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
IT.3-5.6. Understands ethical uses of technology.
IT.3-5.6.A. Knows the school policy on technology and network use and Internet access.

Learning Objectives
  • Students will work in 6 groups to create an iMovie about the Southeast. Each group will create a 2-minute iMovie for each state that they were assigned.
  • Each student will collect information for the iMovie by creating a 4-record database..
  • Using Timeliner, students will work in their groups to create a timeline about the population growth in the Southeast.
  • Students will write a 1-page persuasive letter trying to convince their parents to move to the Southeast.
  • Students will arrange their travel accommodations for a dream trip to Orlando, Florida.