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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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Southeastern States

Instructional Time: 50 minutes a day for 4 days each week for 2 weeks.

Process:
Students will brainstorm collaboratively to create the fields for a database. The database is way of collecting information about each state as we investigate the affect of climate and geography on the lives of the people that live in the Southeast. As the students are brainstorming, the teacher will facilitate the acitvity by using Inspiration to keep track of the information.
The class will be divided into 6 groups. These groups will work together to create a four record database. The records represent the states in the Southeast. The groups will be assigned a total of 4 states. Two of these states will be the group's target states. The group will be assigned two additional states to research. When the database is finished each group will be able to share information from their additional states with another group. That information will be helpful to other groups that were assigned those states as their target states. This will enable each group to get some varied information on each target state.
Students will go to the internet to search for information for their database. They will copy and paste from the internet to their Appleworks database.

Kenosha Unified School District Academic Content Standards
Social Studies
Grade 4
Geography
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).
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.4.3. Knows how to locate sources and find information within those sources.
IL.4.3.E. Uses the Internet to locate information.
Evaluate and Interpret
IL.4.5. Knows how to record, organize and interpret selected information.
IL.4.5.D. Draws conclusions based on the information gathered.
Instructional Technology
Grade 3-5
Productivity Tools
IT.3-5.3. Knows how to use productivity software to organize, create and manipulate information.
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.P. Creates a database with a minimum of five fields and ten records.

Tools:
 ToolTypeRequirementsFile
1.Tennessee Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
2.Southeast Region 4 Web SiteWeb Site
3.US Parks Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
4.Louisiana Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
5.Bens GuideWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
6.Cybersleuth-kidsWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
7.World Almanac for KidsWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
8.Maps..reference..geoshelfWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
9.Mississippi State Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
10.South Carolina Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
11.Mardi Gras Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
12.Alabama Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
13.West Virginia Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
14.Florida Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
15.Virginia Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
16.Georgia Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
17.Louisiana Web Site IIWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
18.Mississippi Web Site IIWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
19.Arkansas Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
20.Kentucky Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
21.North Carolina Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access
22.Netstate Web SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Internet Access
23.Southeastern States Database RubricWeb SiteHardware:
Mac
Internet Access


Method of Checking for Understanding:
Observations, Rubric/Checklist