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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Learning Resources: Module 3

Title of Activity: Trees in our Region


Reference Section:

Missouri Botanical Garden. (2002). MBGnet.mobot. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/lftypes2.htm

Domatar Inc (2001-2003). Domtar. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://www.domtar.com/Navigateur_Standard/NEWS/EN/HTML/1671_EN.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&flash=1

WWF (2005). Panda. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/habitats/coniferous_forests.cfm
Wikipedia (2005). en.wikipedia. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta

Grade Level: 6

Subject: Science

Brief Description of Activity:
*note: This lesson will span over three periods (research, creations, and presentation).

The Task
The students will gather detailed information from internet sites provided by teacher about two trees of choice (one coniferous and one deciduous) and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to support this choice. The students will present this multi-media presentation to the rest of the class.

The General Procedure
The students will gather information using the sites below with the guidelines of: general appearance, location, size, leaves/needles, flowers, bark, wood characteristics, uses, threats to the tree, and unique features. In pairs the students will create a power point presentation of their chosen trees following teacher guidelines (ex. must include images of trees.).


http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/lftypes2.htm (Leaf Types)
http://www.domtar.com/Navigateur_Standard/NEWS/EN/HTML/1671_EN.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&flash=1 (Coniferous and Deciduous)
http://www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/habitats/coniferous_forests.cfm (Evergreen regions/ coniferous)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta (Reference)




General Learner Outcome:
Respect living things, the environment, and commitment to their care

Specific Learner Outcomes:
Identify characteristics of on coniferous and one deciduous tree in the local environment. (modified SLE from SLE 5 of Alberta Program of Studies).

ICT Outcomes:
C.4 – Students will use organizational processes and tools to manage inquiry. (2.1)
C.1 – Students will access, use and communicate information from a variety of technologies. (2.1, 2.2)
C.7 – Students will use electronic research techniques to construct personal knowledge and meaning. (2.1, 2.2)
P.5.1.2 access hyper linked sites on an intranet or the Internet
F.4 Students will become discerning consumers of mass media and electronic information. (2.1)


Rationale for Computer Integration:

Computer integration is used in this lesson because:
* it provides students with modern research tools.
* it provides updated information.
* it allows students to collaborate and synthesize information from non-linear text.
* it provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate professional presentation and showcase skills.

**Please note:
-Krystal Ingold and I worked together on this assignment
-Krystal and I used a few ideas from Shonna Barth, Bob Buday, and Jim Kuapp who have created various lesson plans regarding the environment.
http://www.mhcbe.ab.ca/ict/Projects/treesforest/treesForests.htm

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