Overview of Grade 4 State Report Project
As part of our work around the social studies state report and media technology assured experience, the 4th grade class teachers (CT) team along with the instruction coach, media specialist (MS) and media tech assistant(MTA) have developed a unit that brings together social studies, language arts (non-fiction unit of study), technology, music and art. The end product is a powerpoint presentation that will include a commercial for the state's board of tourism answering the essential question: Why should someone visit your state?
This project is being piloted starting January 8th and revisions will be posted.
State Report

Day 1 – Introduction (MS, CT, classroom) 45 - 60 minutes January 8th
• Introduce project
• Vocabulary, glossary deleted
• Exemplars, rubric, peer evaluation

Day 2 – Creating a search strategy using the essential question (MS, CT, MTA, Library/lab)
• Locate print resources (search using online catalog, Destiny)
• Begin resource list to keep track of research.
• Kids make cart of books.

Day 3 – Evaluating print sources (MS, CT, classroom)

Day 4 – 8 – Citing Sources/ Introduce note-taking (CT, classroom)
• Fact fragment video
• Trash-n-treasure method of note-taking skills
• Take notes using graphic organizer
• Take notes on climate history, economy, natural resources, geography, culture
• Citationmachine.com, noodlebib.com

Day 9 – Evaluating sources (MS, CT, MTA, lab)

Day 10 – Using online resources (MS, CT, MTA, lab)
• Infobits through iCONN
• Search strategy – use Boolean and keyword searching (www.boolify.org)
• Create a Word document to gather info for later searches.

Day 11 – Synthesis (MS, CT, classroom)
• Complete storyboard

Handout: Storyboard organizer

Day 12 – Introduction to Creating Multimedia/PowerPoint (Art, lab; CT, classroom)
• Review principles of multimedia design
• Use bullets/one font/6-8 lines per slide
• Provide good and bad samples; what works, what doesn’t

Day 13 – 16 – Creating Multimedia/PowerPoint (MS, CT, MTA, Lab)
• Managing images
• Creating slides with images, transitions, and backgrounds

Day 17 – Oral presentations (MS, CT, classroom)
• Practice presentations
• Review skills in presenting to an audience using multimedia presentation
• Peer assessments

Day 18 – Self-assessments (CT, classroom)
• Use rubrics to self-assess.

Music will work on the sound portion of the project.

Peer Evaluation

State Project Rubric


  • Demonstrates full knowledge of the state with elaborations.
  • Uses well chosen graphics that reinforce text and presentation.
  • Is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
  • Cites every source.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the state but needs more elaboration.
  • Graphics relate to text and presentation.
  • Has 1-3 spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors.
  • Cites all sources except pictures.

  • Demonstrates minimal knowledge of the state and/or is missing requirements from at least one slide.
  • Uses few graphics or ones that distract from the presentation.
  • Has 4 or more spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors.
  • Cites sources but uses improper format.

Oral Presentation:

  • Speaks in a clear and understandable voice.
  • Follows PowerPoint presentation.
  • Makes eye contact.
  • Is very comfortable with the material.

  • Speaks in a mostly clear and understandable voice.
  • Mostly follows PowerPoint presentation.
  • Sometimes makes eye contact.
  • Is comfortable with the material.

  • Speaks in a manner that is often not clear and understandable.
  • Somewhat follows PowerPoint presentation.
  • Makes little eye contact.
  • Slightly uncomfortable with parts of the material.