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Saturday, October 01, 2005

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Title of Activity: Trees in Our Region

Reference Section:
Missouri Botanical Garden. (2002). MBGnet.mobot. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/lftypes2.htm

Domatar Inc (2001-2003). Domtar. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://www.domtar.com/Navigateur_Standard/NEWS/EN/HTML/1671_EN.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&flash=1

WWF (2005). Panda. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/habitats/coniferous_forests.cfm
Wikipedia (2005). en.wikipedia. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2005 from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta

Grade Level: 6

Subject: Science

Brief Description of Activity:
*note: This lesson will span over three periods (research, creations, and presentation).

The Task:
The students will gather detailed information from internet sites as provided by the teacher, about two trees (one deciduous and one coniferous) and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to support this choice. You will present this multi-media presentation to the rest of the class.

The Procedure:
The students will gather information using the sites below with the guidelines of: general appearance, location, size, leaves/needles, flowers, bark, wood characteristics, uses, threats to the tree, and unique features. In pairs the students will create a power point presentation of their chosen trees following teacher guidelines (ex. must include images of trees.).

http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/lftypes2.htm (Leaf Types)
http://www.domtar.com/Navigateur_Standard/NEWS/EN/HTML/1671_EN.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&flash=1 (Coniferous and Deciduous)
http://www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/habitats/coniferous_forests.cfm (Evergreen regions/ coniferous)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta (Reference)


General Learner Outcome:
-Develop respect for living things, the environment and demonstrate their commitment to the care of the above.

Specific Learner Outcomes:
-Identify characteristics of one deciduous and one coniferous tree found in the local environment. (Modified SLE- from SLE 5 of the Science Program of Studies, Grade 6.)

ICT Outcomes:
C.1 – Students will access, use and communicate information from a variety of technologies. (2.1, 2.2)
C.4 – Students will use organizational processes and tools to manage inquiry. (2.1)
C. 6 – Students will use technology to investigate and/or solve problems. (2.1, 2.2)
C.7 – Students will use electronic research techniques to construct personal knowledge and meaning. (2.1, 2.2)
F.4 Students will become discerning consumers of mass media and electronic information. (2.1)
P.5.1.2 access hyper linked sites on an intranet or the Internet


Rationale for Computer Integration:

Computer integration is used in this lesson because:
* it provides students with modern research tools.
* it provides updated information.
* it allows students to collaborate and synthesize information from non-linear text.
* it provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate professional presentation and showcase skills.

**Please note:
-Michelle Katchur and I (Section PQR) worked together on this assignment.
-Michelle and I used a few ideas from Shonna Barth, Bob Buday and Jim Kaupp who have created various lesson plans regarding the environment.
http://www.mhcbe.ab.ca/ict/Projects/treesforest/treesForests.htm

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