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The ultimate lesson plan for Grade 4 social studies! The Alberta: Sense of the Land unit can be hard to make fun and exciting, but this 3 day lesson plan adds a little friendly competition to make this topic exciting! This lesson tackles many skills and processes such as critical and thinking, applying the research process, skills of cooperation, conflict resolution, and many more!
The oil sands are a controversial topic in our society, harmful to the environment but valuable to Alberta's economy. This lesson provides students with the opportunity to gather research, make inferences, and come to their own conclusions about the oil sands.
This lesson begins with a video field trip through the oil sands, to give student the opportunity to gather as much information for both positive AND negative aspects of the oil sands, before being split into debate teams. Next, research organizers, in conjunction with task cards (optional), will guide students through individual and team research to strengthen their arguments. Students will briefly work on their formal debate speech prior to the "Town Hall Meeting". The day of the "Town Hall Meeting" debate is on the final day! Students will hear all of the research that was gathered from both sides of the oil sands debate and come to their own conclusions on whether or not they agree!
What you will find:
- 3 day lesson plan (3 hours)
- lesson overview, including a daily itinerary and suggestions for each day
- extensive list of outcomes/skills and processes from Alberta Program of Studies
- video field trip links
- 6 worksheets - project overview/rules, research organizers, formal speech template, scoring rubric
- task cards
- list of websites to guide students research
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