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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Instructional Time: 20 minutes a day for 2 days

In their journal entries, ask students to reflect on what they learned about the cities of California. Did the presentations inspire them to make plans for a visit? How did it effect their parents?
Each group creates one test question about their city. These are compiled into a test. Test also includes a fill in the blank California map.
Students take test.

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.
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).
History and Social Science
Grade Four. California: A Changing State
HSS.4.1. Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.
HSS.4.1.1. Explain and use the coordinate grid system of latitude and longitude to determine the absolute locations of places in California and on Earth.
HSS.4.1.3. Identify the state capital and describe the various regions of California, including how their characteristics and physical environments (e.g., water, landforms, vegetation, climate) affect human activity.
HSS.4.1.5. Use maps, charts, and pictures to describe how communities in California vary in land use, vegetation, wildlife, climate, population density, architecture, services, and transportation.

1.Personal Journalother
2.Student generated testHandout
3.CA mapother

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Test/Quiz, Written Reflection