Strategies to develop students' attitudes towards the problem, motivation, and overall mindfulness:
Students will be encouraged to be geographers and will receive a printed Geographer Degree with the tasks listed on the degree with the date of completion recorded beside the task. Students will have a degree presentation ceremony and will present their portfolios to their classmates. An example of the portfolio and the degree will be displayed to provide constant encouragement.
Activities While Using the Computer
Students will work at the computer
The students will work independently on the assigned tasks. Each student will receive a copy of the database template to be completed and stored in their portfolio. Students will use the Internet and state based websites listed on the Think Sheet to access information concerning the state and its regions. Students will use the database and accessed information to type a word processed document comparing and contrasting two regions. Students will comply with the Acceptable Use Policy concerning computer usage.
Activities After Using the Computer
Students will write a paragraph explaining a region they would like to live in if they had to move. Students will illustrate the paragraph with a descriptive picture of the region. Students will compare the regions of South Carolina to the regions of neighboring states (North Carolina, Georgia). Students will identify similarities and differences between the states.
Activities to support the learning would be the use of graphic organizers and print materials. Students would be encouraged to interview family members who have visited or lived in other regions and record their responses to questions. Students will draw and label a state map to include the regions and physical landforms located in the varied regions.
Students will be assessed by means of:
Included in the assessment:
The students will be assessed using a portfolio assessment. The portfolio will include a CD-RW including the data collected from Internet research, the word processed document, and saved information in the desktop folder for the student. The portfolio will include journal information, written notes, graphic organizers, a self-assessment and a teacher-created rubric assessment.