Arizona Cities

Home | Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion | Extension | Teacher Notes

 

Introduction   

Arizona is experiencing a population boom.  So many new people are  moving here. Many of those people are unaware of all Arizona has to offer.  Just as we have learned about each other we need to learn all about Arizona.   You and your partners are going to find out All About Arizona.

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Task

Each group will be made up of  4-5 students.  It will be your job to conduct research on Arizona. Your group will present the information to the class through brochures, slide shows, and an oral presentation.  Areas to look for information may include:

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Process

To accomplish this task you must, as a cooperative group, go through the following steps.
 

    * Make sure that everyone in your group has a part of the assignment that they are responsible for. (i.e.: library research, interviews, Web research, to name a few)

    * each student in the group will keep a journal that documents all of your resources and the information you have gathered

    * research from the following sources: books, magazines, interviews, and the Internet

    * after the presentation is developed, compile all the information into a slide show presentation and a brochure.  (you may present 1 presentation for the entire group - the slide show presentation must contain at least 6 slides. )

    *  don't forget to schedule your presentation day and time as soon as you are ready

 

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Resources

The 50 States of the United States
 

Governor's  Kids Page: Arizona
 

Arizona Chamber of Commerce Home-page

Arizona Chamber of Commerce - Chamber Info

Arizona Desert Museum

Color Landform Atlas of the United States
 

Arizona weather forecast with local weather reports, conditions ...
 

Other Resources:

Ask Jeeves.com, Yahooligans.com, or Google.com searches, The encyclopedia, The library,

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Evaluation

You will be graded on your final group project as follows.
 

  1 2 3 4
Group Work Habits You were not able to work with the group. You sometimes listened to your group. You were bossy when giving your own suggestions. Your part of the project was late or not complete. You usually listened to your group and gave your own suggestions. Your part of the project was completed. You always listened to your group and gave your own suggestions. You completed your part of the project. 
Personal Work Habits You were rarely prepared for class. You missed many deadlines. You were sometimes prepared for class. You missed more than one deadline. You were usually prepared for class. You missed a deadline. You were always ready for class with materials. You met each deadline.
Paragraph Content You did not answer the questions asked. You did not learn anything about your researched place. You did not answer all of the questions. It shows that you put in very little effort in researching and learning about your place. You did not answer all of the questions. It shows that you put in some effort in researching and learning about your place.  You answered all of the questions. It shows that you put in a great deal of effort in researching and learning about your place. 
Paragraph Mechanics More than 7 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

5-7 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

3-5 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

0-2 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

Presentation One person said everything. 

It showed that the group had not practiced.

A few people had something to say.

It didnít look like the group had practiced very much.

Most people had something to say.

It showed that the group practiced.

Everyone had something to say

It showed that the group practiced.

Rubric for Oral Presentation

 

Acceptable
1

Admirable
2

Exceptional
3

Score

Focused Topic Briefly mentions the topic Describes the topic Report clearly defines the topic and gives specific details -
Content Collects very little information Collects the basic information Collects a great deal of information -
Creativity Gives very little unique information Gives some information that is unique to their city Gives a great deal of unique and interesting information . -
Well Organized Difficult to follow Mostly easy to follow Follows a logical sequence -
Speaking Skills Some mumbling; little eye contact; little or no expression; does not meet time frame Clear articulation; does not utilize time frame Poised, clear articulation; proper volume; steady rate; enthusiasm; confidence; utilized time frame -
- - - - -

 

Rubric for Brochure or Poster:

 

Acceptable
1

Admirable
2

Exemplary
3

Score

Content Some content is inaccurate or incomplete Content is complete and accurate Content is complete, accurate, and other interesting facts are included -
Text Numerous spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors Few misspelled or misused words, few grammar, and/or punctuation errors No misspelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. -
Resources Not enough resources The resources provided were used properly and adequately Other resources were used in addition to the resources provided -
Attractiveness Disorganized, illegible writing Legible writing, organized Word processed or typed, neatly organized -
Timeliness Up to two days late.   Report handed in on time. -

 

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Conclusion


Your group has put a lot of work into this presentation. I hope that through your research you have learned many new things about Arizona. Congratulations on the conclusion of your project. Good luck on your presentation!
 

 

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Extension

    * After your class has completed the discover Arizona WebQuest they can combine all of the groups into one presentation, travel brochure or slideshow presentation, and present it to another class.

    * You can make a presentation of the symbols of the United States. Use the site below to start another webquest.

Symbols of America

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Teacher Notes

Language Arts Standards

Standard 2 Standard 4  
W-F1 VP-R1
W-F4 VP-R2
W-F5 VP-F1
W-E5 VP-F2
  VP-E2

Social Studies Standards

Standard 3: Geography1
3SS-F1
3SS-F2
3SS-E1 - PO 5
3SS-E3
3SS-E4

Technology Standards

Standard 1:  Fundamental Operations and Concepts
                       
Students understand the operation and function of technology systems and are proficient in the use 
                        of technology.

Standard 3:  Technology Productivity Tools
                      
  Students use technology tools to enhance learning, to increase productivity and creativity and to
                        construct technology-enhanced models, prepare publications and produce other creative works.

Standard 4:  Technology Communication Tools
                       
Building on productivity tools, students will collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts and
                        other audiences using telecommunications and media. 

Standard 5:  Technology Research Tools
                       
Students utilize technology-based research tools to locate and collect information pertinent to the
                        task, as well as evaluate and analyze information from a variety of sources.

 

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