Unit Plan: Canadian Geography
Social Studies / Grade 2
Canada is made up of many diverse regions and communities.
Students will keep considering…
- What would it be like if all of Canada looked the same?
- What if the climate was same everywhere in Canada?
- What types of environmental challenges do people face in different communities (e.g., natural disasters, climate change, lack of natural resources)?
Teachers should consider how summative assessments should be based on clear criteria and include a variety of ways for students to show demonstrate their learning
- Quiz on Canadian regions and where they are on a map
Teacher will monitor progress:
Teachers can monitor progress through ongoing formative assessment including but not limited to:
- Short, quick quizzes and review discussions on various regions in Canada
- Short, quick quizzes and review discussion on climate areas of Canada
- What aspects of the unit went well
- What did students struggle with
- What did you struggle with?
- What would you add or revise the next time you taught this unit?
- Were there any unintended outcomes?
- Were students engaged?
Stage 2 – Evidence
Authentic Performance Tasks
AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCE TASK: Assessing for Understanding
Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding by:
PERFORMANCE TASKS RATIONALE: All of the following activities require students to be actively engaged in the learning task. Students will assume roles, argue opinions, share anecdotes, challenge classmates, debate issues, consume products, analyze human behavior, create authentic metrics, and make recommendations. For some students these activities will come easily. For others, teacher encouragement will be needed. Teachers will pay close attention to creating a safe atmosphere in the class for students to express personal opinions. They will also encourage all students to take risks with their learning when debating, role playing, or playing simulation games using curriculum material that is new to them.
OTHER EVIDENCE: Assessing for Knowledge and Skills
Students will show they have acquired Stage 1 knowledge and skills by:
- Exit slips (“If all of Canada…”). See lesson plans.
- Participation in class and small group discussions
- Conferencing with students
The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning. The Big Ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.
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The knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development
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Curricular Competencies & Content
Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of curriculum. The Curricular Competencies are built on the thinking, communicating, and personal and social competencies relevant to disciplines that make up an area of learning.