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Texas History Mystery

May 21-25, 2012 

If you are interested in participating, please contact lmcdonald@dataprojections.com  

 


 

Audience:  4th and 7th grade students studying Texas History

Cost:  Free

Project Description: 

Through video conference technology students are able to meet other students while learning about important historical events and figures.  Prior to the video conference each classroom will create a presentation with clues about their ONE mystery event, person, location, or invention. Partner classrooms, using maps, the Internet, textbooks, and other resources, will try to discover the mystery event presented by each of the participating classrooms.

 

Dates:

4th Grade

Monday, May 21 - 1:00-2:30

Tuesday, May 22 - 1:00-2:30

Thursday, May 24 8:30-10:00

Friday, May 25 - 1:00-2:30

 

7th Grade

Tuesday, May 22 - 8:30-10:00

Wednesday, May 23 - 1:00-1:30

 

Preparation

  1. Plan two 2-4 minute presentations of your clues 
    • each presentation should include 3 clues
    • Be creative
    • The presentation should clearly communicate your clues
    • any type of visual clue is helpful for your partners 
    • We recommend putting students into 6 groups, each group being responsible for 1 clue. 
  2. Plan a brief introduction about your school and your geographical location.
  3. Print a note-taking guide for each student.  (If you have more than 2 partners in your session, print double-sided)
  4. Review Presentation TipsGuidelines for Questions, and Materials to Bring

 

Conference Agenda

  • Introductions & Instructions
  • Class Presentations - round 1
  • One question per campus
  • Class Presentations - round 2
  • The Quest (searching for answers)
  • One question per campus
  • Final Guesses formulated
  • Guesses & Mysteries Revealed
  • Sign Off 

Click here for a printable version of this agenda 

 

Resources & Examples

  1. Presentation Tips
  2. Guidelines for Questions 
  3. Materials to Bring 
  4.  Photo Gallery with presentation tips
  5. FAQ
  6. Evaluation Form

Curriculum Objectives

4th Grade

Social Studies

  • History. The student understands the importance of the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas to the United States. (4.3B, 4.3C)
  • History. The student understands important issues, events, and individuals of the 20th century in Texas.  (4.5B, 4.5C)
  • Government. The student understands important ideas in historical documents of Texas and the United States. (4.15)
  • Citizenship. The student understands important customs, symbols, and celebrations of Texas. (4.16)
  • Citizenship. The student understands the importance of active individual participation in the democratic process.  (4.17)
  • Culture. The student understands the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to Texas. (4.19)
  • Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology.  (4.21)
  • Social studies skills. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.  (4.22)

Language Arts

  • Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Expository Text. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about expository text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. (4.11)
  • Research/Gathering Sources. Students determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information they gather.  (4.24)
  • Research/Synthesizing Information. Students clarify research questions and evaluate and synthesize collected information. Students are expected to improve the focus of research as a result of consulting expert sources (e.g., reference librarians and local experts on the topic). (4.25)
  • Research/Organizing and Presenting Ideas. Students organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the research and their audience. Students are expected to draw conclusions through a brief written explanation and create a works-cited page from notes, including the author, title, publisher, and publication year for each source used. (4.26)
  • Listening and Speaking/Listening. Students will use comprehension skills to listen attentively to others in formal and informal settings. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity (4.27) 

Technology

  • Information acquisition. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision. (4.4)
  • Solving problems. The student uses research skills and electronic communication, with appropriate supervision, to create new knowledge. (4.8)

 

7th Grade

Social Studies

  • History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in Texas history. (7.1)
  • History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues through the Mexican National Era shaped the history of Texas. (7.2)
  • History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues shaped the history of the Republic of Texas and early Texas statehood. (7.3)
  • History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues shaped the history of the Republic of Texas and early Texas statehood.  (7.4)
  • History. The student understands how events and issues shaped the history of Texas during the Civil War and Reconstruction. (7.5C)
  • History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues shaped the history of Texas from Reconstruction through the beginning of the 20th century.  (7.6)
  • History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues shaped the history of Texas during the 20th and early 21st centuries. (7.7D)
  • Geography. The student understands the location and characteristics of places and regions of Texas. (7.9A)
  • Citizenship. The student understands the importance of effective leadership in a democratic society. (7.18B)
  • Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology.  (7.21)
  • Social studies skills. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.  (7.22)

Language Arts

  • Research/Gathering Sources. Students determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information they gather. (7.23A)
  • Research/Organizing and Presenting Ideas. Students organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the research and their audience. (7.25)
  • Listening and Speaking/Listening. Students will use comprehension skills to listen attentively to others in formal and informal settings. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity (7. 26) 

Technology

  • Information acquisition. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision. (7.4B)
  • Solving problems. The student uses research skills and electronic communication, with appropriate supervision, to create new knowledge. (7.8)

 

 


 

This project is modeled after the Mystery Quest project designed by Janine Lim, BCISD Instructional Technology Consultant, and Kelly Gaideski, BCISD Social Studies Consultant. 

The 2012 event is a partnership between ConnectED by Data Projections and Humble ISD's Instructional Technology Department.

                                                   

 

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