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            4th Grade Social Studies Project:  Mission Report.....Presentation window..01/28/13 - 02/01/13

          Students will work in groups of 2 or 3 to investigate the mission system in general and prepare a report on one  California mission in particular.  Students on each team will take on the roles of  historians, architects, cartographers, and economists, and compile information and facts as they relate to these respective areas.  On the due date, students are expected to give a brief oral presentation about their mission in front of the class.  


HISTORIAN (S)

1. When was the mission established?

2. Who was the founding father and for whom was it named?

3. Was this the first, second, etc. mission in the chain?

4. Create a time-line with at least 5 important events in the history of the mission.

5. Provide information about the tribe(s) of Native Americans who worked at the mission.

6. Include pictures or diagrams that support any of the preceding task in your presentation.


ARCHITECT

1. What were the construction materials of the original mission?

2. Describe the construction materials of the current mission.

3. How large is the mission church?  Include a picture/rendering of the church.

4. List and describe at least 2 special features, such as paintings, statues, or other 

   architectural elements of the mission.

5. Draw and label a diagram of the mission grounds.

6. Where were the mission bells located and how many bells were there?

7. Include pictures or diagrams that support the preceding tasks in your presentation.


 CARTOGRAPHER

1. Where is the mission located?  Create a map of California and identify mission's location on the map.

2. Describe natural resources and overall geography of the land.

3. What was the source of water for this mission?

4. Name the next closest mission and its approximate distance from your mission.

5. Include pictures or diagrams that support the preceding tasks in your presentation.


 ECONOMIST

1. Was your mission ever moved to a new location? Why?  When?

2 What were the mission's main industries?

3. What jobs did different people perform at the mission?

4. Was this considered to be a successful mission?  Why or why not?

5. Include pictures or diagrams that support the preceding tasks in your presentation.

 

Students have been asked  not get up in front of the class and merely read their reports.    This is an oral presentation and the expectation is for students to be comfortable enough with their data to be able to present interesting facts and information about their missions, without reading their reports word-for-word. Index cards are encouraged and can be used to help "guide" students through their presentations.  A 3-D model of the mission is not a requirement,  however students may build one if they so choose.     

        
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                                                      The First Americans  (5th graders)
                                        Presentation window 11/7-11/14 (2013)


Scope:
Student presentations will describe how American Indians lived before the arrival of European explorers.  Presentations should compare and contrast the ways of life of the Desert Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Eastern Woodlands, and the Great Plains.
 
                        
Rationale:
To equip students with a better foundational understanding and appreciation of the diversity that exisited among the first American cultures,  as well as provide an opportunity for them to demonstrate their understanding of significant social-historical events and circumstances that impacted our nation's development. 

                          * Make sure your report includes all the components listed below * Powerpoint format encouraged, but optional

Cover/Title Page

Title and Picture/ Illustration

Your Cover/Title page should have your name listed as prepared by: (your name)

Table of Contents:

          This page should contain a list of categorical headings and the pages on which they are found.

 

Introduction:

 At least 1 paragraph that describes the focus of your presentation....The main idea, and why it's relevant

 

Habitat/Major Resources:

          Describe for the natural environment and geography in which they lived. Was it dry

              and hot or wet and cold?  How much rainfall did they have? How did their habitat influence the way they lived?

 

Homes:

          What were their homes like?  What materials were used to construct their homes and why?  You

               may wish to include drawings/pictures.

 

Dress/Clothing:

How did they dress?  What did their clothing look like?  What materials were used and why? 

Food:

          What did they eat?  Were they vegetarians?  Were they hunters or gatherers?  How did they

               prepare/cook their food?


 

Technology:

         

          What tools and weapons did they use?  If they farmed, how did they till the soil?  If they

              fished, what type of “gear” was used? (What method or technique did they use to catch fish)?



 

Bibliography:

              A bibliography should site the sources you used to compile data for your report.  See example

               below:

 

§       Snipp, CM. American Indians: The first of this land. New York: Russell Sage Foundation (1989)

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§       Tiller, Veronica E.(ED). Discover Indian Reservations USA: A Visitors Welcome Guide. Council Publications, Denver,Colorado (1992). ISBN 0-9632580-1


Smith, John. "The First Americans." CNN.com. Cable News Network, 21 Jan. 2009. Web. 1 Feb. 2009. <http://www.cnn.com/HISTORY/01/21/Early_Americans/index.html>.

 
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  4th/5th GRADE..  WESTWARD EXPANSION REPORT
(Window....TBD)


From about 1803 until 1912, a multitude of people, previously living east of the Mississippi River,  began slow migration westward in what is now referred to as  the great WESTWARD EXPANSION.   There were many reasons (push/pull factors/events), that caused, convinced/encouraged people to pull up their eastern roots and head out west in search of new beginnings.


Your task is to write a comprehensive report on an event, a person, or a particular historic development (scienticfic, technological,  revolutionary invention,..... etc ), that was a part in this historic, nation buliding movement west.  Use  at least 2  informational/historical resource books as well as various web sites) to gather data for your report.  You may use information found on my TeacherWeb (LINKS) for additional information.   Be sure to list all of your sources on a reference page or bibliography.  
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Your report will be graded on:

Creativity (25pts)
   Spelling (25 pts)
Relevant information (50 pts)


Below are some topics that you may wish to research for your report:


Manifest Destiny........Gold Rush.......Transcontinental Railroad.....Jobs........Pioneers.......The Oregon Trail.......Forty Niners.....Conestoga Wagons..........Zachary Taylor...........The Route West........Mexican War....Plains Indians.....The Alamo...Compromise of 1850....Donner Party.....Santa Fe Trail......John Tyler.....Andrew Jackson.........Texas Rebellion.........Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.....Wounded Knee......Erie Canal......James Polk.....Trail of Tears   
  
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 5th Grade Social Studies.......STATE REPORT [Option] ..Presentation window..02/10/14 - 02/14/14
 
 
For this project, you will create a  presentation that informs audience/reader of specific information on a state of your chosing.  Information provided must include the following to receive full credit::
 
1. The state name..... state capital....state seal....state flag....state motto....state nickname....state flower...state 
    animal.....state tree...and  the state bird. (Note:  If your're not using digital/electronic media, the state seal is the only 
    on of these elements that can be computer generated....Please draw and color all of the other items listed above.)
 
2. Specific food popular to the state or a region of the state
3. Several "must see" sights,  for example: national parks, beaches, resorts, etc.
4. Sporting activities found in the state, fro example: surfing, skiing, river rafting, etc.
5. The climate (describe the wheather during the seasons) including the best time to travel to this state
6. The kind of transportation available to get to the state and the transportation available once you've arrived there, for 
    example: BART, MARTA, subways, buses, etc.
7. At least one paragraph (8-10 sentences) of interesting history of this state.
8. References (a page disclosing sources/references used to research your project).....Use at least two sources other 
    than the internet.
  
 
Your project may be presented  in the form of a written report, digial/electronic media, tri-fold/board, or brochure.  Be creative.....Remember: DO NOT GET UP IN FRONT OF CLASS AND READ YOUR PRESENTATION.  Know your material and practice your presentation prior to due date.  Presentations should be brief, lasting no more than 5 minutes.  Voice projection and eye contact with your audience are key elements of good presentation. 
 
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 5th Grade Social Studies.....PRESIDENT REPORT [Option].....(Presentation window..03/3-03/7)
 
For this project, you may use electronic media/ tri-fold board, brochure, or a written report to present a biography on one of our nation's 44 presidents.  To receive full credit, presentations must include the following:
1. President's name.....birthplace and date......year of death (if applicable)
2. Timeline that highlights important events that helped shape the lifepath of your selected president.
3. A thoughful editorial (opinion piece), at least 2 well developed paragraphs, that presents your point of view as to 
    why this particular president was or was not successful.....What was it about him that made him a "good"leader, or  
    what things could he have done differently that perhaps would've made him more effective. (Be sure to provide 
    support for your opinions with details and examples)
4. References (a page disclosing sources/references used to research your project).....Use at least two sources other 
    than the internet.
  
 
Remember: DO NOT GET UP IN FRONT OF CLASS AND READ YOUR PRESENTATION.  Know your material and practice your presentation prior to due date.  Presentations should be brief, lasting no more than 5 minutes.  Voice projection and eye contact with your audience are key elements of good presentation. 
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