Author:
Jamie
Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study
Level:
Upper Elementary
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Lesson Plan
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
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State of Utah Report

State of Utah Report

Overview

Students will learn all about the history of the state of Utah. The will research different aspects of Utah and create a digital presentation of their knowledge. 

  • 2 weeks (20-30 minutes a day.)
  • Independent or collaborative work depending on teacher preference
  • Use books and the internet to gather information.
  • Use Mac Pages to create a presentation. 

 

 

Image Credit: Sukoff, J. (2019). Delicate Arch [jpg]. Unsplash. https://unsplash.com/photos/1NnW4hAwOuQ

Summary

Students will learn all about the history of the state of Utah. The will research different aspects of Utah and create a digital presentation of their knowledge. 

  • 2 weeks (20-30 minutes a day.)
  • Independent or collaborative work depending on teacher preference
  • Use books and the internet to gather information.
  • Use Mac Pages to create a presentation. 

 

 Image Credit: Sukoff, J. (2019). Delicate Arch [jpg]. Unsplash. https://unsplash.com/photos/1NnW4hAwOuQ

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

 

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will  understand how Utah's history has been shaped by many diverse people, events, and ideas.

Success Criteria:

  • Students will describe the historical and current impact of various cultural groups on Utah.
  • Student will describe ways that Utah has changed over time.
  • Students will describe the development of the economy in Utah.

 

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Step 2 Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

- As individuals and as a class create a KWL chart or similar, and write down all the things they know about Utah.  

- Have prompting questions on hand to help guide student thinking about what they might already know?  (What does Utah look like? What historical sites in Utah do you know about? What kinds of culture do we have in Utah? What items does Utah produce? 

Teacher Lessons 

Have information needed to teach about historical and current impact of various cultural groups on Utah, ways that Utah has changed over time, and the development of the economy in Utah.  This may be presented in Pages, Nearpod, or whatever form you choose.  Also have a lesson ready to teach students how to create their presentation in Pages. 

Planning Student Research

Have research websites and articles previewed and ready for group research projects.  Make sure that they have information needed to complete their presentations.  

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Consider strategies to personalize, accommodate, scaffold, and activate background knowledge.  Have pictures to help activate students background knowledge. Have a note taking guide to help organize prior and new information. 

 

Step 3 - Instruction

Step 3 Instruction

Day 1: Teacher overview of historical and current impact of various cultural groups on Utah.  Have students take notes, or use a NearPod to keep students engaged and check in for understanding. 

Day 2: Teacher overview of ways that Utah has changed over time. Have students take notes, or use a NearPod to keep students engaged and check in for understanding. 

Day 3: Teacher overview of the development of the economy in Utah. Have students take notes, or use a NearPod to keep students engaged and check in for understanding. 

Day 4: Break students into groups (3) to complete and teach their peers more about... 1) Historical and current impact of various cultural groups on Utah. 2) How Utah has changed over time. 3) The development of the economy in Utah.

Once students are in their groups.  Talk about expectations of research, Pages presentation and class presentation. Give students a copy of their group expectations (see attachment) and rubric. 

Show students the different resources they can use/find on Utah's Online Library All the information they need for their slides can be found on Utah's Online Library. You can also print off articles that will help 

Day 5: Research and plan slides

Day 6: Research and plan slides

Day 7: Research and plan slides

Day 8: Teach students how to build their Pages presenations.  (Have them make a simple presentation with you so they can learn about all the tools that are available in Pages.)

Day 9: Transfer research into slides

Day 10: Transfer research into slides

Day 11: Present to class. 

Step 4 - Assessments

Step 4 Assessments

Informal Assessments during lessons and research time: 

  • Questioning
  • Feedback 
  • Observations
  • Reteaching

Formal Assessment:

See attached rubric for content and presenation creation.