ALEX Learning Activity

  

Native Americans, Europeans, and Students Quizzing Students

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Author: Elizabeth Jordan
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  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1174
Title:
Native Americans, Europeans, and Students Quizzing Students
Digital Tool/Resource:
gFlash
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

In this learning activity, students will distinguish differences among major American Indian cultures in North America using the tool gFlash.  This tool creates electronic flashcards and quizzes for students to use as notecards.

The tool gFlash allows the creation of electronic flashcards as well as the ability to access quizzes and tests from the created flashcards. These flashcards can be shared among users so students will have the ability to view fellow classmates' notecards. A great way for students to learn is by aiding others, this application grants the way for this to be possible. Students can quiz one another with the flashcards they have created or the quizzes within the application itself. There is an old saying that states that "Practice makes perfect" and the use of gFlash supports this saying. Not only do students practice new content by reviewing the note cards but by creating them.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
3 ) Distinguish differences among major American Indian cultures in North America according to geographic region, natural resources, community organization, economy, and belief systems.

•  Locating on a map American Indian nations according to geographic region
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Describe major American Indian cultures in North America according to:
    • geographic region
    • natural resources
    • community organization
    • economy
    • belief systems
  • Locate American Indian nations on a map according to geographic region.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • belief system
  • community organization
  • distinguish
  • economy
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The description of major American Indian cultures including geographic regions, the use of natural resources, community organization, economy and belief systems and locate these nations on a map.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Locate major American Indian nations on a map.
  • Distinguish American Indian cultural groups by examining the geographic region, natural resources, community organization, economy, and belief systems.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • The major American Indian cultures can be distinguished from one another based on geographic region, natural resources, community organization, economy, and belief systems.
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Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.3- Recognize that there were many American Indian cultures in North America.


Learning Objectives:

The students will be able to distinguish differences among major American Indian cultures in North America according to geographic region, natural resources, community organization, economy, and belief systems.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

After teaching a lesson on American Indian cultures, the students will be paired with a partner and use gFlash to access teacher created electronic flashcards.  Students will use these flashcards to take turns quizzing each other on the content in the flashcards (the various characteristics from different Native American tribes, European influence, and the interaction between the Native Americans and Europeans).  First, the students will be instructed to use the quiz option in gFlash. The quiz feature on this digital tool takes the information within the flashcards and creates questions and answers. Once the students show progress and success with the quiz feature, they will then be instructed to use the flashcard feature, which will encourage the students for better memorization of the content.

Assessment Strategies:

During the activity, the teacher should walk around the room monitoring the students and offer scaffolding to those who are struggling. At the end of the activity, the teacher will ask the students to put all their notes away and (using the quiz feature on gFlash) quiz the students while the students are writing their answers on paper and pencil.


Advanced Preparation:

The teacher should ensure that gFlash (as well as the teacher-created flashcard set) is not only downloaded to all the devices but that the students properly understand how to use and navigate the tool. The students should have practice with navigating the tool and accessing the quiz feature and the flashcard feature.

Variation Tips (optional):

The teacher-created flashcards could be created in a way that required distinguishing and understanding interactions and relationships between people and places rather than using the flashcards for a rote memorization activity. For example, Cortez would be on one side of the flashcard and on the other would be Aztec. The student partners would then discuss that Cortez conquered the Aztecs and that is why they are on the same card.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: American Indian cultures