Essential Question: What are the five themes of geography for Middle Eastern countries?
Beginning the process
Students were asked to make connections to Southwest Asia with an anticipation guide. This included true/false questions to access previous knowledge and to elicit excitement for the project. Mrs. Bentley and Mrs. Baker are working together to have students turn their research into a digital project. Examples of news stories and projects made using the app Green Screen by Do Ink were shown to students to give them some ideas.
Students were grouped together in teams of four to research, write, and present information for their country. Through a lottery system, each team got to choose the country that they wanted to research. They were given guiding questions and recorded their information on double column notes. They typed their final copy and then turned this information into a script. They used this script to report about their country.
Countries in Southwest Asia
Armeniam, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraz, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Students conducted research for the five themes of geography of their country by using the website, http://www.countryreports.org/. They were given graphic organizer sheets, a template for their writing, and a rubric which with be used for assessment. Student groups then worked on their "news broadcast" and chose the format and order in which they were going to present their information. The used their creativity, public speaking and collaboration skills to help each other with their lines, scripts, and even their props.
Students learned how to use several iPad apps to create their news broadcast.
PicCollage is used to make a single page flyer including pictures and text. Mrs. Baker taught the entire class how to use the app PicCollage and each student made their own collage. Then each group made a PicCollage for the introduction and ending for their project.
Green Screen by Do Ink
Green Screen by Do Ink provides students with the opportunity to create a news broadcast video with images of their topics behind them. Students wrote their part of the script, chose the picture(s) for their topic, and inserted them into the app program.
After the PicCollages were made, videos were shot, and pictures were placed in Green Screen, we imported them into the iMovie app. Here are our projects.
Students had the chance to research current events happening around the world and present them.