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Spying on the World: An Introduction to Social Studies Introduction Our curriculum aims to teach cultural and geographical understanding of countries around the world Chosen because social studies underemphasized in Hartford schools

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spying on the world

Spying on the World:

An Introduction to Social Studies

introduction
Introduction
  • Our curriculum aims to teach cultural and geographical understanding of countries around the world
  • Chosen because social studies underemphasized in Hartford schools
  • Students work in groups as spies to discover the location of criminals
  • Students will come out with a better understanding of place in world
context
Context
  • 6th Grade Classroom
  • Diverse school such as HMMS
  • Social Studies/Geography
  • 5 x 90 minute classes
learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Students will develop and employ fundamental research and spatial geography skills by pinpointing their elected country on a map and identifying and interpreting pertinent facts, statistics and information.
  • Students will examine the necessary components for effectively communicating researched information by organizing and preparing a poster presentation that conveys the integral facts and elements of their “country investigations.”
  • Students will formulate substantiated opinions on a current event regarding their country by evaluating, appraising and arguing each other’s beliefs and points of view on the matter, while supporting their own claims. A successful completion of this objective will entail the strong development and/or re-evaluation of each student’s initial opinion.
  • Students will demonstrate their thorough comprehension of the material regarding their country by solidifying their classmates understanding of each presentation utilizing cooperative learning techniques.
  • Students will enhance study skills as they prepare for the final assessment during which they recognize and recall facts as well as defend their opinion regarding the current event.
justification
Justification
  • Blooms
    • Objective 1 (Application/Synthesis/Understanding)
    • Objective 2 (Analysis/Synthesis)
    • Objective 3 (Evaluation/Synthesis)
    • Objective 4 (Application/Understanding)
    • Objective 5 (Knowledge)
  • CT Framework
    • Content Standard (Geography 9, 11)
    • Program Goals
  • Gardner
    • Linguistic
    • Spatial
    • Interpersonal
day 3 spy convention
Day 3: Spy Convention
  • Debate news articles within group
    • Objective 3, argue opinion of current event
  • Groups will present posters
    • Using linguistic and interpersonal intelligence
  • Students fill out fact sheets
    • Listen to presentation and fill out sheet provided by teacher to use later for studying for final assessment
    • Two questions that they have to answer from presentation
day 5 final evaluation
Day 5: Final Evaluation
  • Students will complete final assessment
    • Questions designed to test understanding about countries
    • Final question will be short answer form with students writing paragraph stating opinion on respective news articles.
  • An episode of Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego is shown
  • Teacher starts grading final assessment
  • Teacher will lead an oral evaluation of unit