Grade 3-4 Curriculum Inquiry Projects - Round One


Post a summary for each inquiry project being designed by teachers participating in this PD project. Complete the basic information fields AND attach a PDF of your "HEAT Student Performance Task" completed with your TL.

Teacher-Librarian - Lesley Walters
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Corkboard for Inquiry Questions:
Examples of student work:http://misterp.posterous.com/

Project Title
Structures and Materials
School / Teacher Name
James L. Alexander School / Allan Parson
Grade Level
Gr. 3
Content Area
Science
Driving Question
Driving question:How do the materials you use, and the way you put those materials together, change how a structure works?
Essential Questions:What structures can we find in the world around us?What are the different types of joinery used in building structures ?
What characteristics of strong, stable and balanced natural and human built structures.How can the observation of natural structures help humans design their own structures?
Context
  • Ongoing:For each lesson, 4 students will work with the TL to communicate their class’s leanings through providing written exemplars, recorded explanations or annotated images. These will be posted to a class blog that will invite commentary and feedback from families and other students. Throughout the process new communication tools will be introduced.
  • Task A: The culminating activity to the “Is IT A Solid, Frame or Shell Structure” lesson is a guided inquiry that will involve research into jobs and hobbies that require an understanding of structures and materials. Students will communicate their learning by authoring a graphic poster using Comic Life. Each student will post their product to the blog. This is the activity that will be hilighted at the january meeting
  • Task B: The culminating activity to the unit is an open inquiry where a structure will be designed, built and tested. Each student will have representative photos of their planning, building and finished product. These photos will be uploaded to Voice Thread, narrated by the students and posted to the class blog. It may also be integrated as part of the class’s assembly.
Scenario Task
Task A: students will be presented with a variety of scenarios, each depicting a job or hobby, and prompting them to respond to a specific challenge.
example for "Survival Expert"
"You are Les Stroud's apprentice learning how to survive in any environment. You are stuck in the altiplano with just grass, short trees, stones, and a hotspring pool.
Why do you need to know about structures? What types of structures and joinery do you need to know about and why? "
TYPE of Communication
Task A: Advertisement
MODE of Communication
Task A: Comic Life Graphic Poster distributed through the class blog
Student Digital Product

Other Supporting Documents


Teacher-Librarian - Kristen Smith
Designing Student-Performance Tasks
Project Summary:
Project Ideas Corkboard
Inquiry Questions


Project Title
Recycling Counts
School / Teacher Name
W.P. Bate - Maria Bekolay
Grade Level
Resource Gr. 3 - 5
Content Area
Read to Succeed
Driving Question
What can we do to improve the effectiveness of our school recycling program?
Scenario Task
The students have been hired by the school Recycling Rangers to create a media campaign to improve the effectiveness of the school recycling program.
Students will create a persuasive public service announcement using their I wonder statements. They will make How-To Posters for recycling locations in the school.
They will present their campaign to the student body at an assembly.
TYPE of Communication
Persuasive, Narrative, Informative/Expository
MODE of Communication
Comic Life, Picnik, One True Media.
Student Digital Product

Other Supporting Documents


Teacher-Librarian - Mickey Jutras
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard for Inquiry Questions
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Project Title
Our Community, Our City
School / Teacher Name
Pleasant Hill - Ben Eng
Grade Level
Grade 2 and 3
Content Area
Social Studies/LA
Driving Question
What shapes a community?
Scenario Task
Students will create a 30 sec presentation advertising their community/city
TYPE of Communication
Advertise/Persuade/Inform
MODE of Communication
Multimedia Tool (eg, Animoto) that facilitates integration of music, voice, text, and photos into a flowing presentation
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Diane Barsi
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard Questions
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Project Title
The Faces of Saskatchewan
School / Teacher Name
Holliston School -
George Rozdilsky
Grade Level
Gr. 4/5
Content Area
Social Studies
Driving Question
How does cultural diversity shape and continue to shape Saskatachewan, your community and you?
Scenario Task
Two options for students to choose from.
#1: You are a potential immigrant presenting to an immigration panel. You must convince them why you should be allowed to come to Saskatchewan.
#2: Background: You are an immigrant student. What things do you need to feel welcome in school to ensure your success, to fell like you belong? Design and create a Welcoming Center in our school to accommodate the needs of immigrant students.
TYPE of Communication
Persuasive
MODE of Communication
Documentary
Photostory
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Ruth Elliott
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard for Questions:
Corkboard for Project Ideas
Project Title
Community
School / Teacher Name
King George - Mary Jo Devine
Grade Level
Read to Succeed
Content Area
Gr. 3-6
Driving Question
What has been unique about the King George community over the past 100 years?
Scenario Task
Summary Report
TYPE of Communication
Photostory, Pixie, Voice Thread
MODE of Communication

Student Digital Product

Other Supporting Documents



Teacher-Librarian - Najla Akl
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard Questions
Corkboard - Ideas
Project Title
Diversity at our School
School / Teacher Name
Brunskill / Janelle Martin &
Meredith Greenshields
Grade Level
Gr. 2/3
Content Area
Social Studies & Language Arts
Driving Question
How does Brunskill School embrace its diverse cultures?
Scenario Task
investigating, analyzing and presenting a persuasive argument
TYPE of Communication
persuasive
MODE of Communication
Pixie
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Susan Funk
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Corkboard Question
Corkboard on Agriculture
Corkboard on Writing
Project Summary: Agriculture Inquiry
Project Title
[Working Title]
School / Teacher Name
Brevoort Park School /Merril Bulin
Grade Level
Gr. 4
Content Area
SS and ELA
Driving Question
Why is agriculture important to the future of Saskatchewan?
Scenario Task
You are a concerned citizen of Sask. Prepare a persuasive graphic poster on your issue in agriculture
to send to your MLA.
TYPE of Communication
PSA: Analyze/Persuade
MODE of Communication
Comic
Student Digital Product
memo1.jpg memo2.jpg shdola1.jpg shadola2.jpg
Other Supporting Documents
agcomic scoring guide.htm Teacher Evaluation Ag project.doc Ag student learning response.docx
http://aginquiry.wikispaces.com/

Teacher-Librarian - Jan Harrison
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Cork Board Questions : Cork Board Habitat
Project Title
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School / Teacher Name
Caswell / Crystal Lambert
Grade Level
Gr 3/4
Content Area
Science
Driving Question
How are things interrelated within a habitat?
Scenario Task
Create docudrama using photostory
TYPE of Communication
docudrama
Student Digital Product


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Teacher-Librarian - Karen Routley
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF) :HEATBuckle DESIGNING+student+task+2010.doc
Project Summary:
Corkboard question
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Corkboard inquiry questions
Project Title
How can I persuade others to read good books?
School / Teacher Name
Ecole Henry Kelsey - Julienne Buckle
Grade Level
Gr. 4/5
Content Area
ELA
Driving Question
What is effective communication?
Scenario Task
create a book trailer
TYPE of Communication
persuasive
MODE of Communication
book trailer
Student Digital Product

Other Supporting Documents

Teacher-Librarian:
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
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School / Teacher Name

Grade Level

Content Area

Driving Question

Scenario Task

TYPE of Communication

MODE of Communication

Student Digital Product

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