Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Kidding Around California

By Cindy Richardson, Patricia Kephart
Meet the Authors

"What gives a city its "aura" -- makes it feel special?"
 Overview


 Understandings
and Standards


 Activities


 Resources


 Student Guide



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Kidding Around PowerPoint

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 3 days

Process:
Each team fills out a project proposal for a POV Powerpoint presentation on their city from a kid's perspective. Conferences with teacher over proposals.
Teacher gives mini lesson on basic presentation structure: introduction, development, conclusion, credits. Students refer to Web resource page.
Students fill out story board worksheet for layout of powerpoint presentation.

California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Four
Writing
ELA.4.1.0. Writing Strategies
Organization and Focus
ELA.4.1.3. Use traditional structures for conveying information (e.g., chronological order, cause and effect, similarity and difference, and posing and answering a question).
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).

Resources:
 ResourceTypeRequirementsFile
1.PowerPointVideo PresentationHardware:
Mac
LCD Projection Device
2.Project ProposalHandoutprojectprop 2.doc
3.PowerPoint story boardHandout
4.Web resource page CA citiesWeb Site
5.StoryboardHandoutstoryboard.doc


Method of Checking for Understanding:
Student Work, Interview/Conference