Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Kidding Around California

By Cindy Richardson, Patricia Kephart
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"What gives a city its "aura" -- makes it feel special?"

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City Facts

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 2 days

Students organize their file cards by the question it answers.
Teacher distributes a chart called "Sorting Findings" to filter out irrelevant information for each of the three questions. Students write answers to the questions using the relevant information.
Students check bibliography for accuracy and use the Citation Machine to properly cite their sources.

California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Four
ELA.4.1.0. Writing Strategies
Organization and Focus
ELA.4.1.2. Create multiple-paragraph compositions:
a. Provide an introductory paragraph.
b. Establish and support a central idea with a topic sentence at or near the beginning of the first paragraph.
c. Include supporting paragraphs with simple facts, details, and explanations.
d. Conclude with a paragraph that summarizes the points.
e. Use correct indention.
Research and Technology
ELA.4.1.5. Quote or paraphrase information sources, citing them appropriately.
ELA.4.1.7. Use various reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, card catalog, encyclopedia, online information) as an aid to writing.
ELA.4.1.9. Demonstrate basic keyboarding skills and familiarity with computer terminology (e.g., cursor, software, memory, disk drive, hard drive).
ELA.4.2.0. Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.4.2.3. Write information reports:
a. Frame a central question about an issue or situation.
b. Include facts and details for focus.
c. Draw from more than one source of information (e.g., speakers, books, newspapers, other media sources).

1.Citation MachineWeb SiteHardware:
2.Sorting FindingsHandoutsortfindings 2.doc

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Student Work, Rubric/Checklist