Our third grade students study Native American groups, Georgia Standards of Excellence-Social Studies: SS3H1 Describe early American Indian cultures and their development in North America. I wanted the students to practice reading for content, taking notes, working in groups, and citing their sources.
Working individually or in pairs (I did one class one way, the other classes the other) the students used their Chromebooks to access a Livebinder I created to curate some websites. Since each teacher already had a class Portaportal account I just sent the link to my Livebinder and they added it to their science section…so much easier than having third grade students type in a URL-even an easy one like a Yellkey (which is my favorite URL shortener).
After collecting information about the Arapaho’s lifestyle (shelter, food, where they lived, other interesting facts) the students worked together. They chose an image to use, how facts would be included and they were required to list the online resources they used.
It took us about three library visits to complete the projects. They really enjoyed the process. I displayed one class’ posters in the hall outside of the library for about two weeks. I’m keeping one poster up where I have examples of all the work done by all grade levels. The other classes were given their posters.