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The Story of my Province

Students create a digital scrapbook that shares their knowledge of a Canadian province in a fun engaging narrative
Anthony C.
Technology coordinator
Bayview Glen
Toronto, Canada
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Overall Expectations

  • name and locate the various physical regions, provinces, and territories of Canada and identify the chief natural resources of each;
  • use a variety of resources and tools to determine the influence of physical factors on the economies and cultures of Ontario and the other provinces and territories;
  • identify, analyse, and describe economic and cultural relationships that link communities and regions within Ontario and across Canada.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • explain the concept of a region
  • identify the physical regions of Ontario and describe their characteristics
  • explain how the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes systems shape or influence the human activity of their surrounding area
  • identify Ontario's major natural resources and their uses and management
  • identify and describe types of communities in each physical region of Ontariodescribe a variety of exchanges that occur among the communities and regions of Ontario (e.g., fruit from the Niagara Peninsula, nickel from Sudbury, vehicles from Oshawa, wild rice from Kenora, cranberries from Wahta First Nation) and among the provinces and territories
  • identify Canada's provinces and territories and its main physical regions
  • describe and compare the environments of the physical regions of Canada
  • identify the natural resources necessary to create Canadian products, and the provinces and territories from which they originate
  • relate the physical environment to economic and cultural activities in the various provinces and territories

Inquiry/Research and Communication Skills

  • formulate questions to guide research and clarify information on study topics
  • use primary and secondary sources to locate information about natural resources and their uses
  • use graphic organizers and graphs to sort information, clarify issues, solve problems, and make decision
  • use media works, oral presentations, written notes and descriptions, drawings, tables, and graphs to identify and communicate key information about the regions, provinces, and territories;
  • use appropriate vocabulary (e.g., regions, Canadian Shield, Great Lakes lowlands, St. Lawrence lowlands, Hudson Bay lowlands, interior plains, Arctic lowlands, cordilleras, physical features, boundaries, province, capital, territory, natural resources, grid ) to describe their inquiries and observations.

Links to ISTE standards for technology - NET-S for students
1a – applying existing knowledge to generate a new product (Voice Thread)
2a – interact, collaborate and publish with peers employing graphics, voice and/or video
2b – communicate information and ideas on province to peers, parents and learning community
3a –locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethical use information 
3b – select appropriate media from a variety of digital choices

5a- advocate and practice safe, legal and responsible use of information (use of avatars, cite sources for graphics and research)
6b – rubric supports positive collaborating and use of technology. 

Bloom's Taxonomy
Sharing – Students share their Voice Thread with peers and learning community
Creating – Students create a multimedia presentation on an assigned province
Evaluating – What graphics, facts and media should be included?
Conceptualizing – What graphics and media best represented my province?
Applying – How do I apply my ICT skills to create a excellent multimedia presentation?
Connecting – What personal connections do I have this my province?
Doing – Where do I find my information? What research material should I use?  

English Language Arts
Social Studies
cultural understanding
Grades 3 – 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Creating a Digital Scrapbook on your Province

Outline of the activities and resources used

In this activity, Grade Four students will create an online multimedia portfolio on their province using Voice Thread. This portfolios will include a variety of elements (like landscapes, sports, industries) Students are encouraged to create a project that includes both their personal connection to the material (i.e. “When I went to Cape Breton I… and a set criteria of topics (i.e wildlife, natural resources etc.) These portfolios will be an “ongoing” project accompanied by discussions, activities and other learning materials about the Canadian provinces with emphasis on the physical regions. Students are encouraged to organize their presentation as they will be asked to present their research through their best 5 slides.


Acquisition and Discussion - Access VoiceThread tutorials and complete sample activities to learn software and login to account.
Create a safe avatar (not pictures) to upload to Voice Thread
Acquisition and Discussion - Research their province from text, websites and print resources, sharing materials within groups and discussion with whole class  
Investigation and Practice - Find pictures and select graphics (from a gallery), Slide through Google Slides or through safe web searches (lesson needed here on citing sources ) to be uploaded to their Voice Thread document

Practice - Add research in text, voice or even video format to each slide. Use the below checklist to include the required topics
Practice - Add text, voice or video comments to slides with a personal connection to the creator
Collaboration - Add comments and suggestions to slides of others.
Production - Present your top 5 slides to the class incorporating your ideas, your connections and comments of peers.
Production and Collaboration - Share your Voice Thread to a wider audience (i.e. Parents and our Learning Community for feedback and enjoyment, perhaps even an “expert” on their province.

Resources (using Google Apps)
Sample Presentation – The Story of my Province
Sample Rubric – The Story of my Province
Sample Checklist – another assessment resource

Sample Project screenshot– cannot share full project for privacy reasons