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Alabama Brochure

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Author:Meridith Allison
System: Huntsville City
School: Chapman Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 6832


Alabama Brochure


In this lesson students will learn about the state in which they live by using child-friendly Web sites to collect facts and pictures about Alabama.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
1 ) Use input and output devices of technology systems.

Examples: input—recording devices, keyboards, touchscreens

-  output—printers

•  Demonstrating ergonomics relative to technology systems
•  Demonstrating correct keyboarding techniques
•  Demonstrating safe removal of storage media
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
4 ) Identify various operating systems of technology devices.

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
5 ) Practice safe use of technology systems and applications.

Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
6 ) Describe social and ethical behaviors related to technology use.

Examples: social—developing positive attitudes for using technology collaboratively

-  ethical—citing sources of text and digital content, avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission

•  Describing the global nature of the Internet
•  Following local acceptable-use policies regarding technology
•  Identifying intrusive applications, including worms, viruses, spyware, and pop-up advertisements
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
7 ) Explain the influence of technology on society.

Examples: multiple digital communities, medical and agricultural advancements

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
8 ) Collect information from a variety of digital sources.

Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries

•  Using technology tools to organize information
•  Demonstrating efficient Internet search strategies
Example: keyword search

•  Evaluating electronic resources for reliability based on publication date, bias, accuracy, and source credibility
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
10 ) Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.

Examples: publishing online journals, sharing presentations, contributing to online discussions, communicating with experts

•  Producing digital works collaboratively
Examples: developing shared writing projects and group multimedia projects

Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 4
Alabama Studies
4 ) Relate the relationship of the five geographic regions of Alabama to the movement of Alabama settlers during the early nineteenth century.

•  Identifying natural resources of Alabama during the early nineteenth century
•  Describing human environments of Alabama as they relate to settlement during the early nineteenth century, including housing, roads, and place names
Insight Unpacked Content
Column Definitions

Strand: Geography, History
Course Title: Alabama Studies (Alabama)
Evidence of Student Attainment:
  • Relate the relationship of the five geographic regions of Alabama to the movement of Alabama settlers during the early nineteenth century.
  • Identify natural resources of Alabama during the early nineteenth century.
  • Describe human environments of Alabama as they relate to settlement during the early nineteenth century, including housing, roads, and place names.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • plateau
  • region
  • fall line
  • plain
  • river valley
  • flood plain
  • delta
Students know:
  • The distinguishing characteristics of the five geographic regions of Alabama.
  • Alabama's key natural resources including cotton, iron, timber, and rivers.
The students are able to :
  • Analyze the relationship between Alabama's natural resources and the settlement of the area during the early 19th Century.
  • Make the connection that a region of a state greatly affects the social and economic viability of that region.
Students understand that:
  • Settlers chose to live in regions based on the natural resources available in that region.
Alabama Archives Resources:
Click below to access all Alabama Archives resources aligned to this standard.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will recognize important facts in written material. Students will summarize written material. Students will state facts about Alabama. Students will insert clip art, use publishing software proficiently, and edit text.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will perform simple, guided Internet research. Students will document sources for information used in written products.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

61 to 90 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

copies of brochure rubric for each student (see attached)

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer(s) with Internet access, desktop publishing software such as Microsoft Publisher or Print Shop or word processing software such as Word, printer


Teacher or media specialist should have previously taught a lesson on Fair Use guidelines for copyrighted materials. Students should have completed a unit of study on Alabama. Students should have a knowledge of or be taught basic word processing skills and how to download and save images from the Internet. Teacher should bookmark the web sites listed in Steps 4, 5, and 6.

1.)Explain that the project will be to create a brochure about Alabama which can either be informative or persuasive (encouraging people to visit Alabama) using facts found through research. Stidents will use either desktop publishing or word processing software. Review the rubric which will be used with the students to make sure expectations are clear.

2.)Open Publisher or Print Shop and choose brochure. (Brochures can also be created in word processing software by setting the page to three columns and plotting where the front, back, and inside of the brochure will appear on the page when folded. In this case, provide the students a diagram of what to place in each column, front and back.) Students can select a template which best fits their planned brochure. The brochure window should then be minimized in order to access a Web browser.

3.)Have students create a folder on the desktop to save the pictures which they select. Remind them to document web sites that they use so they can be included on the bibliography page. Provide a digital worksheet for them to use to cut and paste source information into or show them how to use NoteStar, a free online utility for documenting Internet resources.
Using the NoteCards tool, students can take notes from online sources as they browse the Internet. Source information such as title and URL is automatically captured in order to assist in work citation. A few brief steps are needed to set it up.

4.)Use the Internet to access the 50 States web site.
(50 States)
Click on Alabama. Students can then find information and pictures pertaining to the specific type of brochure they are planning.

5.)Direct students to the Yahooligans search engine.
In the Yahooligans directory on the home page, click on "Around the World/U. S. states," and then click on "Alabama."

6.)Another good child-friendly Internet resource is the Alabama Virtual Library.
(Alabama Virtual Library)
Have students click the Elementary link, then Searchasaurus, then General Encyclopedia, then type in the search term "Alabama," check "Please only find full text articles," and click Search. Within the top 10 results is an extensive article on Alabama.

7.)After students have the needed information and graphics saved, instuct them to close the web browser and maximize the brochure window.

8.)Students fill in the brochure template with the saved pictures and collected information about Alabama.

9.)Remind students that they must include a bibliography documenting the original sources of their information. Show students how to spell check their work. Have student print a final copy of the brochure after proofreading.

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Assessment Strategies

A rubric (see attached) will be used to evaluate the brochure.


An extension of this lesson could be a slideshow presentation based on Alabama (rubric and sample slideshow attached).


Students needing extra help can be paired with another student or could be asked to draw or write information about the state instead of making a brochure on the computer.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.