Created By: Kay Grabow, Thomas Paine Elementary School (Urbana, IL)
Grade Level: 4th
Content Area: Social Studies
Database Integration: For this project, groups of 4-5 students will be given one classroom period in the computer lab to search the TDC database for old pictures of buildings-- businesses or houses-- in Champaign and Urbana and choose one which interests them. In the classroom, they will insert their picture into a PowerPoint presentation, along with a digital picture which they will take of the same location now.
Activity that Meets this Standard
|State Goal 16: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of Illinois the United States and other nations||Each group of 4-5 students
will insert a photo from the TDC database
taken in the past of a business or house in Champaign or Urbana
into a Microsoft Word document-and print out the photo along with
clues as to the location, but not the exact address . The groups
will give the clues and photos to their classmates to use as an
Urban Treasure Hunt. Classmates will use the clues to try to find
the locations (after school, with families). After a given time
limit, students will return their clues with their guesses as to
the location and present use of the building.
In the meantime, each group will travel to their chosen location and take a picture of the business or house as it looks now. Students will cooperatively create a PowerPoint presentation in which a comparison will be made of the appearance and use the chosen buildings in Champaign and Urbana in the past and in the present. The PowerPoint presentation will reveal the correct answers to the Urban Treasure Hunt. At the same time, each group will be expected to give narration about the history of the buildings, their estimation of the date of the older picture based on details such as clothing and transportation, and their thoughts about why the use has stayed the same or changed.
Digital camera, computer lab, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
Students will be assessed on the entire project by a teacher-created rubric that is presented to the students and discussed at the start of the project.