Welcome Teachers,

This page is designed to give you an overview of what is covered in the Arizona Highlights curriculum web. You will find the rationale, learning objectives, and the prerequisites for the curriculum. Also included are links to all of the student pages, the worksheets, and the ruberics. In addition, you will find a list of additional activities that can be used, as well as, additional resources.

Introduction
Aim
Rationale
Learners
Prerequisites
Subject-Matter
Goal
Objectives
Instructional Plan
Materials
Additional Activities and Resources
Assessment & Evaluation
Student activities
Feedback Form

 

Introduction:

"Arizona Highlights" is a curriculum web designed to introduce students to some of the history, geography, and interesting facts about Arizona. Students will work through activities in each area to gain a better understanding of what makes Arizona unique. 

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Aim:

This curriculum web aims to stimulate fourth-grade student interest in Arizona by having them research information using the internet  and turning their knowledge into projects, presentations, and other activities.

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Rationale:

The purpose of this curriculum is to involve fourth grade students in the learning of their state. According to Arizona standards, fourth grade students will study Arizona history. This curriculum allows the students to see Arizona in a way they would not otherwise be able to experience it.

This web-based curriculum will provide students with an interactive computer environment featuring interactive, multimedia content.

The symbols and resources are presented in ways that allow students to interact in real time simulations of significant cultural events and history.

Legends in the southwest are an integral part of this regionís past, present, and future. An understanding of some of the most important cultural legends not only foster an understanding of the rich history of this region, but also broadens the studentsí appreciation of the breadth of cultural diversity in this fascinating area.

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Learners:

The activities found in this web curriculum are designed for fourth grade students. However, younger students interested in Arizona history could also complete the activities with additional support. Older students who have not yet gained this background knowledge of Arizona, could also benefit by completing these activities.

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Prerequisites:

Prior to using the "Arizona Highlights" curriculum, students should be able to:

Read at least at a fourth grade level
Use a web browser to move between pages
Write coherent sentences and paragraphs
Use a word processor to create a project

If students do not meet these prerequisites, they should still be able to complete the activities if they are provided additional help from someone who does.

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Subject Matter:

This curriculum is centered on subject matter related to Arizona. Topics covered will include:

Geography:
Counties
Rivers
Borders of Arizona
Natural wonders
Native Americans:
Legends
Anasazi
Hohokam
Mogollon
Facts about Arizona:
State symbols
Flag and state seal
Population
Capital

Concepts and skills not related to the subject content that will be taught include:

Use of the Web to find information
Map-reading
Presentation skills
Direction following
Data collection
Data analysis

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Goal:

The goal of this curriculum web is for students to develop a richer understanding of Arizona and its history. In addition, they should gain a greater appreciation for the state in which they live. Students will use the Web to conduct research and create a final project demonstrating their knowledge of Arizona.

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Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to use word processing skills to create a project, such as, a brochure, book, or poster, that include graphics and information.
Students will be able to list and identify Arizona state symbols.
Students will be able to create and describe the Arizona flag.
Students will be able to retell an Arizona legend.
Students will be able to identify characters, setting, plot, and climax in a legend.
Students will be able to describe and discuss the importance of the Arizona seal.
Students will be able to locate and identify Arizona counties.
Students will be able to construct a graph and analyze the data.
Students will be able to use provided web sites to find relevant information about Arizona.
Students will be able to name and describe the 3 earliest civilizations of Arizona.
Students will be able to organize a class presentation.
Students will be able to locate and describe important geographical features.

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Instructional Plan:

The activities that are included in the Arizona Highlights curriculum web have been designed for individual use. This curriculum will also work for pairs of students, but it is not designed for groups. You need to decide if you will have students work individually or with a partner. If you choose for the students to have a partner, then the partners should be at the same level, or one student will do the majority of the work.

The activities in this module have been created to assist in the learning of Arizona history. The module covers three different concepts. These can be completed in any order, so they work as an introduction to class material, an extension, or as a review. Each concept has a series of different activities. Once you decide the order you want to cover the material, you can choose the order that the students complete the concepts. Not all of the activities under each concept need to be completed, but the most knowledge will be gained, by using all of the activities. A student should be able to cover an activity in about 15-20 minutes, depending on their level. Some of the more difficult activities, which are rated, may take longer to complete.

Students that do not finish an entire concept in one setting will be able to jump to the activity that they wish to start with, but they will not be able to jump to the middle of an activity. They would need to start the whole activity over.

The final activity of this curriculum-web is to create a classroom presentation, sharing the knowledge that students learned. This would be a great way to incorporate cooperative learning, because two teams could work together to create the presentation. You can also have the presentations done individually, and you will see what each child has learned.

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Materials:

Students will need the following:

A copy of the Arizona facts worksheet
A copy of the Arizona flag
A copy of the Arizona seal
A copy of the Legends story guide
A copy of Anasazi Indian exploration guide
A copy of Hohokam Indian exploration guide
A copy of the Mogollon Indian exploration guide
A copy of a map of the southwest
A copy of the city population table
A copy of the county population table
A copy of geography facts worksheet
A copy of the Arizona map with cities
A copy of the Arizona map study questions
Topography maps of Arizona
Precipitation maps of Arizona
Road maps of Arizona
Graph paper or a spread sheet program on the computer for graphing
Art supplies such as markers, crayons, glue, construction paper
Access to a computer with Internet access and a word processing program
Access to a printer 
Optional materials would include books about Arizona and Native American legends, Native American artifacts or replicas, and pictures or posters showing Arizona's natural wonders

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Additional Activities and Resources:

There are many more activities and resources to learn about Arizona than can be included in this curriculum. Some suggestions include:

Anasazi Indians research project
Anasazi Indian exploration
Hohokam Indians
Mogollon Indians
Native American Picture Tour
Arizona Information
Arizona Rivers and Streams
Major roads in Arizona

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Assessment and Evaluation:

The completion of each worksheet or activity will provide you with on-going assessment, while the students complete this curriculum. I have created ruberics for the activities that students will display or present. You can access these by clicking the name of the ruberic below. 

Native American Indians Final Project Ruberic
Arizona Facts Final Project Ruberic
Legends Ruberic
Natural Wonders Ruberic

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Feedback Form:

Your feedback is appreciated, so that we can continue to make improvements to this site. 

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Created by Connie M. Bush
Last Revised 12/06/2003