ALEX Learning Activity

  

Where in the World?

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Author: Mallory Greenhill
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  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1247
Title:
Where in the World?
Digital Tool/Resource:
Smore
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

Smore is a service for creating webpages, brochures, and online flyers. There are many design and content options. Students can add elements like images, videos, sounds, events, and locations to their pages by simply dragging them and dropping them on the page.

Students will be assigned different countries and make brochures about them using Smore. They will be required to have images of their assigned countries’ national flags, historical figures, and leaders. They will also be required to have national anthem background music and a short informative video about their countries. Their brochures will share what continent the country is on, what major oceans surround it, and what native language is spoken.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 2
Living and Working Together in State and Nation
6 ) Identify states, continents, oceans, and the equator using maps, globes, and technology.

•  Identifying map elements, including title, legend, compass rose, and scale
•  Identifying the intermediate directions of northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest
•  Recognizing technological resources such as a virtual globe, satellite images, and radar
•  Locating points on a grid
Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography
Course Title: Living and Working Together in State and Nation
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Identify states, continents, oceans, the equator and other geographic features on maps, globes, and technology resources.
  • Students use map elements to locate and describe features on maps, globes, and technology resources.
  • Students use appropriate terminology, including directions and intermediate directions, to describe locations on maps, globes and technology resources.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • states
  • continents
  • oceans
  • equator
  • intermediate directions
  • recognize
  • virtual globe
  • satellite images
  • radar
  • locate
  • points on a grid
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Differences among the ways maps, globes, and technological resources represent Earth and portions of the Earth.
  • Location of states, continents, oceans, equator, and other physical and man-made geographic features. Intermediate directions.
  • Vocabulary: states, continents, oceans, equator, map, globe, title, legend, compass rose, scale, virtual globe, satellite image, radar, northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Use maps, globes, and technological resources.
  • Locate states, continents, oceans, the equator, and other geographic features.
  • Locate map elements and use them effectively.
  • Use intermediate directions to describe location.
  • Locate points on a grid.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Maps, globes, and geographic technology resources are representations of a variety of geographic features.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.2.6- Identify Alabama and surrounding states on a map; demonstrate an understanding of map elements including title, legend, scale, compass rose, and intermediate directions recognizing technological resources such as a virtual globe, satellite images, and radar.


Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will find and collect information about a specific topic using a digital tool.
  • will use key words in a search engine to find information out about a specific topic.
  • will use search techniques, such as using a + sign or quotations, to make the search more specific.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • video
  • text
  • image
  • webpage
  • ebook
  • search engine
  • key words
  • phrases
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • search engines use key words and phrases to find specific information.
  • devices give access to many different forms of information.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • choose and type key words and phrases into a search engine that results in specific information pertaining to a topic when given support and guidance from an adult.
  • use + symbol which combines to words/phrases and quotation marks which tell the search engine to look for an entire phrase.
  • find information about a specific topic or to answer a specific question using a digital resource such as a webpage, ebook, and/or video.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • a search engine will find specific resources and information for you based on key words.
  • answers to questions can be found in many different digital resources such as a webpages, ebooks, and/or video.
  • one can focus a search by using the + symbol and quotation marks around words or phrases one wishes to search for as a whole.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will create and edit multi-media projects with digital tools.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • video
  • audio
  • record
  • text
  • digital
  • multi-media
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • devices can record pictures, drawings, videos, audio and text.
  • programs and applications can organize and help you edit pictures, drawings, videos, audio, and/or text.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • type, record audio and video, and draw in a digital environment.
  • organize text, audio, video, and or drawings in a digital environment.
  • record their learning into a digital device using video, text, and/or pictures/drawings.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • they can show what they have learned using a digital resource such as video, audio, text, and or pictures/drawings.
  • because the work has been done in a digital environment, it can be easier to edit.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
5) Cite media and/or owners of digital content at an age-appropriate level.

Example: Basic website citation.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will cite the owners of digital content.
  • will cite media.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • artifact
  • plagiarism
  • credit
  • cite
  • url
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to copy and paste a url and/or owner of digital content.
  • that it is plagairism to use someone else's idea without giving them credit.
  • credit for using some or all of someone else's work or idea.
  • must be displayed in the same artifact in which you used it.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • display the source of gathered information within an artifact.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • using someone else's information without giving them credit is stealing or plagiarism.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
9) Use a variety of digital tools to connect with other learners.

Examples: Online conferences, blogs, collaborative documents.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will connect with other students using digital tools.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • video
  • audio
  • image
  • text
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • they can connect with others using different digital tools.
  • digital tools that connect people can be video, audio, text, or image based.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • connect with others using multiple digital tools such as collaborative documents, protected blogs, and video/audio conferences with other learners.
  • use the most appropriate tool for the task.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • there are many ways to connect with other learners digitally.
  • some ways to connect may work better in certain environments or for certain tasks.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
12) Conduct basic keyword searches to gather information.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will determine the right key words to use in a search about a topic.
  • will use the plus (+) sign in searches so that all my words are searched or the minus (-) sign to exclude words from my search.
  • will use quotation marks around words or a phrase so that that exact set of words is searched.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • search engine
  • quotation marks
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • a search engine searches exactly what you type.
  • a search engine may only produce search results for one or some of your keywords.
  • using a plus (+) sign between words tells the search engine to search for all of the words and using a minus (-) sign before a word will exclude that word from your search.
  • putting quotation marks around a set of words or a phrase tells the search engine to keep those words together in a search.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • state important key words that pertain to a topic
  • use the plus (+) sign to tell the search engine to search for both words in a resource and use a minus (-) sign before a word to remove it from your search.
  • use quotation marks around a phrase to communicate to the search engine that they want that phrase to be found with the words in that order.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • search engines have to be told exactly what to search.
  • a search engine will search each word separately unless it is told it to search for a phrase or multiple words or to exclude words.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will collect, organize, and show what was learned about a topic using a digital tool.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • online
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • information can be gathered about a topic using a digital tool.
  • information can be organzied about a topic using a digital tool.
  • how to use an appropriate online digital tool to present information about a topic.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • research about a topic.
  • collect information about a topic.
  • organize and display what they learned using an online digital tool.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • An online digital tool can be used to organize and display information and ideas.
Learning Objectives:

-Students will be able to locate different countries and their surrounding oceans on a map.

- Students will identify facts and national symbols of different countries.

-Students will be able to copy and paste URLs.

-Students will be able to save images to folders using Alabama Virtual Library.

-Students will be able to navigate the internet.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

The student(s) will demonstrate a knowledge of different countries. Each student will be assigned a different country and make an informative brochure using Smore. Students will be asked to meet pre-specified criteria such as locate what continent their countries are on and what oceans surround them, identify the national flag and native language, and play their countries’ national anthems. Students will also address additional facts that make their assigned countries unique or famous.

Assessment Strategies:

As students present their final projects, have a checklist to mark off that they met the specified
criteria.


Advanced Preparation:

This activity should be introduced after students have started their geography unit on maps, continents, and oceans and are familiar with the content. Students should also have access to computers with internet access to work on during class time. An overhead projector is recommended so the teacher can walk students through the logistics of Smore to get started on the project. Students should know how to copy and paste a URL address and save images from Alabama Virtual Library to the appropriate folder to be able to apply them to their brochures. Students will set up a Smore account in order to use the service.

Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: