Library Digital Content Access

As the World Spins

Created By: Chris Bohne, Adlai E Stevenson II Elementary School (Bloomington, IL)
Grade Level: K-5th
Content Area: Social Studies/Language Arts
Database Integration: For this project students will use the TDC database to access information about various types of pottery used around the world.

Illinois Learning Standards Achieved

Standard Achieved

Activity that Meets this Standard

STATE GOAL 1 C: Comprehend a broad range of reading materials. Students will search the internet and the TDC database to access information about pottery, especially spun vessels.
STATE GOAL 5.A: Students will locate, organize, and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas. Students will use the TDC database as well as other sources to research the types of pottery that have been created in the past and the countries in which they were created.
STATE GOAL 5 B: Students will analyze and evaluate information acquired from a variety of sources. Students will check a variety of sources to determine the accuracy of information.
STATE GOAL 15 A: Students will understand how different economic systems operate in the exchange, production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Students will try to determine how the pottery was produced and if/how it was distributed.
STATE GOAL 16 A: Apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation. Students will work to identify the functions of various pottery and determine its country of origin.



  1. Teacher will present a power point presentation showing a variety of pieces of spun pottery in various shapes, sizes, textures and styles.
  2. Students will be asked to generate a list of possible things that pottery is used for.
  3. The class will research the TDC database to find various form of pottery. Students will then record where the pottery was used, the origin of the people that created it, and known uses for the pottery.
  4. Students will create a chart, Power Point or Hyperstudio presentation to share the
    information they learned about the pottery


Student projects will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Each power point must contain 6 slides
  2. Slides must contain:
    • a. content
    • b. color
    • c. animation
    • d. pictures
    • e. clip art
  3. Information must be accurate and sources must be cited.
  4. Credit will be given to information shared in a creative way.