What's Inside a Missouri Region?
published on: 2/28/2003
Contributing Teacher(s): Merrie Williams
Social Studies/MO History Grade Range: Upper Elementary (4-5) Materials Needed:
Grade Range: Upper Elementary (4-5)
- Students will research one region of Missouri including the region's location, natural resources, landmarks, attractions, and jobs.
- Students will create time capsules depicting the region studied.
- Students will share their time capsules with the class.
- Goal 1.2 conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas
- Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)
- Goal 2.1 plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences
- Communication Arts 1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, ...)
- Communication Arts 6. Participating in formal and informal presentations and discussions of issues and ideas
- Social Studies 5. The major elements of geographical study and analysis (such as location, place, movement,...
Time Allowance: Approximately five class periods
Description: Students choose a Missouri region to research, includes artifacts, time capsule, post cards.
Comments: If students are familiar with the research process, research could be completed in two fifty minute class periods. The students then would use up to three additional class periods to complete the artifacts to be placed inside the time capsule.
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"What's Inside a Missouri Region?" provides students an opportunity to research a region of Missouri and to create a time capsule containing items that represent the studied region.
"What's Inside a Missouri Region?" allows students to choose the Missouri region they wish to research. Using trade books, textbooks, almanacs, and encyclopedias, students will complete the research necessary to complete the project.
- Northern Plains
- Western Plains
- Ozark Highlands
- Southeast Lowlands
- an outline map of Missouri with the researched region colored and labeled
- two postcards that illustrate important natural resources of the region
- paper doll which has at least two sets of clothing that represents the types of jobs available in the region
- the lyrics and a tape recording of a jingle or song that would convince others to visit the region
- a three-dimensional item that is made at school representing a "don't miss" for the region
While completing the time capsule, many of the artifacts are motivational in nature and would not be difficult for students with special needs to complete. The following modifications for students may be considered:
Students will use the following form to assure completion of the time capsule. Students can check off the requirements as they are completed.Missouri Map
We have drawn an outline of Missouri We have outline and labeled all regions We have shaded the region we studiedPostcards
We have made two postcards We have written a description of each natural resource and how the resource is used b humans We have included colored picturesPaper Dolls
We have made two paper dolls We have dressed our dolls in clothing that would be typical of someone who works in this region We have included at least one accessory for each doll that correlates with his/her jobSong
We have chosen an easy song (examples you might try include "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or "Mary Had A Little Lamb"). We have written lyrics that would convince others that they would want to come visit or live in this region. Our lyrics relate information we have learned about your regionThree-Dimensional item
We chose one landmark or time that represents the area We have made the item three dimensional using art materials (construction paper, modeling clay, etc.) We have included a label that identifies the landmark We have included an explanation of the importance of this landmark
Scoring Guide for Time Capsule
Students will be scored based on group work using the rubric below. In addition to the quality of work, students will also be evaluated on how well the group works together.
4 = Excellent 3 = Good 2 = Satisfactory 1 = Needs Improvement Required Elements The time capsule includes all required elements as well as additional information. The time capsule includes all required elements. The time capsFor additional information contact :
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