Author:
Erin Lundgreen
Subject:
Information Technology Education, Technology and Engineering Education, Elementary English Language Arts, History, Media and Communications, Social Studies, Society and Culture
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Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Media Object, Reading, Unit of Study
Level:
Upper Elementary
Tags:
4th Grade, 4th Grade Social Studies, Adobe Spark, Digital Storytelling, Freemont Indians, Mormon Pioneers, UEN, Utah Culture, Utah Immigrants, Utah Pioneers, Utah Studies, Ute Indians, july21, july22
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
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Downloadable docs, Interactive, Text/HTML, Video

Education Standards

Utah Culture Digital Story Project

Utah Culture Digital Story Project

Overview

In this lesson, students will research, organize and create a 2-3 minute digital story about 1 of 3 different cultures that have influenced Utah's culture. They can choose from the Fremont People, the Ute Indians, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pioneers. There are some background lessons and information that will need to be covered in order to finish this final project for 4th grade Utah Social Studies Standard 2 Objective 1. These lessons are linked and highlighted in the Teacher Background section of this lesson plan.

There are a few worksheets and mini-lessons (that can be taught in a synchronous manner) associated with this final project that could take 2-3 days to complete and then the digital story can be finished in an hour or two. The final presentation and the mini assignments could all include small group discussions, whole class instruction, and could easily be tailored to teach to students learning virtually.

The mini-lessons and supplimental information were found through the UEN website and a youtube video by Nick Epling. Other articles and sources are listed in the materials.

Summary

In this lesson, students will research, organize and create a 2-3 minute digital story about 1 of 3 different cultures that have influenced Utah's culture. They can choose from the Fremont People, the Ute Indians, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pioneers. There are some background lessons and information that will need to be covered in order to finish this final project for 4th grade Utah Social Studies Standard 2 Objective 1. These lessons are linked and highlighted in the Teacher Background section of this lesson plan.

There are a few worksheets and mini-lessons (that can be taught in a synchronous manner) associated with this final project that could take 2-3 days to complete and then the digital story can be finished in an hour or two. The final presentation and the mini assignments could all include small group discussions, whole class instruction, and could easily be tailored to teach to students learning virtually.

The mini-lessons and supplimental information were found through the UEN website and a youtube video by Nick Epling. Other articles and sources are listed in the materials. Rubric materials provided by Kathy Schrock.

 

Background for Teachers

Use the following resources and mini-lessons to prepare your students for the digital story project.

A. Watch THIS VIDEO about Utah Mountain Men as a sample digital story. (In the future and with permission - use a student-created example)

B. Discuss the following article and complete the Digital Storytelling worksheet attached.

        -6 Elements of a Good Digital Story https://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/v04/articles/Take_Six

C. Learn how to make a simple picture/word art in canva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJSgUx5K6V0

D. Teach the following lesson plans about different cultures in Utah:

  1. Ute Indians Past and Present: https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/23823

http://ilovehistory.utah.gov/people/first_peoples/tribes/ute.html

               2.  The Freemont People: https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/11362

               3.  I’m Going on an Immigration: https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/21830

E. Optional - Use these articles about European Immigrants and the Utah Pioneers for a guided reading exercises:

https://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/b/BRITISH_IMMIGRANTS.shtml

https://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/p/PIONEER_DAY.shtml

 

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Goals and Outcomes

Students will be able to research, recall and summarize what they have learned in the unit about one of the cultures we studied. They will present their findings in a 2-3 minute video answering the following questions about the group they choose to highlight.

  1. Why did this group come to Utah and how did they get here?
  2. What are some experiences they had when they got here?
  3. How did their coming influence the state?
  4. Where are they now and how do they continue to contribute?

Students will be graded according to the rubric in section 6-- especially showing their best effort to present the information in an organized, interesting and professional way.

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Planning Instruction

Student’s previous knowledge:

-Students will have already used Adobe Spark in a previous group activity

-Students will have completed several activities in the unit lesson plans from the links listed in the Background for Teachers. (4th grade Social Studies Standard 2 Objective 1). Students will have learned and discovered facts about different cultures in Utah.

This assignment will be the culminating activity for 4th grade Socials Studies Standard 2 with the Benchmark that states:

“The history of Utah has been shaped by many diverse people, events, challenges, and ideas. People came to the land now known as Utah for many reasons, and from many different places around the world. The story of Utah includes American Indians, the Dominguez- Escalante exploration, explorers, trappers, Latinos, Mormon pioneers, Polynesians, Chinese, Japanese, Greeks, African-Americans, Middle Easterners, and many other groups seeking new homes, work and refuge. As each culture has come to Utah, Utah has changed. These changes have had and will continue to have significant impacts on all the people of Utah.

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Prior knowledge and experience with each student will help you know how to adapt the lesson to specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses. In general, here are a few strategies I like to incorporate to accomodate Diverse Learners:

  1. Encourage active learning.
  2. Embrace small group and learning stations.
  3. Group by learning style, not ability.
  4. Promote project-based learning.
  5. Incorporate ed-tech and adaptive learning tools.
  6. Provide alternative testing options.

Step 3 - Instruction

InstructionInstructional Procedures

  1. Watch THIS VIDEO about Utah Mountain Men as a sample digital story 
  2. Read THIS article about digital stories. Discuss elements of a good digital story and complete the worksheet
  3. Learn how to make word art with canva.com. Make a simple image and learn how to save and share.
  4. Choose which group of people your project will highlight and review their summary materials (The Freemont People, The Ute Indians, and the Utah Pioneers)
  5. Fill out the Questionnaire using the summaries. You now have a script for your digital story!
  6. Use a graphic organizer to make a plan and choose at least 5 pictures to share (google), music from soudzabound (if you don't use the available music in the template) and a template in Adobe Spark.
  7. Create a 2-3 minute video with the information you’ve gathered and using the Rubric for a standard. Be sure to include all the elements of a good digital story. 
  8. Publish your video on your classroom sharing page (Youtube, school blog, or Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4 - Assessments

Assessments

After the students have filled out the graphic organizer provided, I will have them team up with a classmate to dicuss their plans with each other. Using the student evaluation form by Kathy Schrock (attached) they can "check in" on each other's work and help each other solidify their plans.

Ultimately, students will be graded by the teacher using the rubric below. (Or use Kathy Schrock's more detailed rubric attached)

Rubric

Utah Social Studies Standard 2 Objective 1                                 Student’s Name:_____________________________

Utah Cultures Digital Story

3

2

1

General Instructions were followed.

 

 

 

Project is neatly presented and is your best work.

 

 

 

Spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct.

 

 

 

The project includes at least 3 elements of a good digital story (images, video, word art, music, audio, text)

 

 

 

The project clearly tells the story about the people

 

 

 

The project is entirely your own original work (no copying)

 

 

 

Total: