Social Studies Government / Venn Diagram Lesson Plan

Summary/Overview: 4th grade Social Studies

This lesson will introduce the concept of Venn diagrams. This graphic organizer will be thoroughly explained through examples in the Kid Pix drawing program. The students, in pairs, will use the stickers and drawing tools to create an abstract Venn diagram. The vocabulary from the current social studies chapter (government terms) will be presented, then students will separate and create their own graphic organizer for the current vocabulary.

Learning Objective

1. After being shown an example Venn diagram, the student will construct a Venn diagram on Kid Pix with a correct Venn diagram (two overlapping circles) and twelve stickers placed inside the circles.

2. Given a list of fourteen vocabulary words, the student will place at least ten of the vocabulary word correctly on a predetermined Venn diagram.

Content Standard

Iowa Core Social Studies Intermediate (3-5)

Essential Concept: Understand the differences among local, state and national government.

· Understand the roles of local, state and national government and the roles of representative leaders at these levels such as mayor, governor and President.

Technology Standard

NETS-S Student Standard #2 Communication and Collaboration

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

Description of Instructional Context

The entire lesson can be taught in a normal classroom setting. For this lesson, the teacher will use a laptop with the KidPix application connected to a smartboard to explain the process of using KidPix. Each student will need a laptop. Previous knowledge of how to access and general knowledge of how a computer works is all the technological skills the students will need to complete this lesson.

List of Materials

· Laptop for each student

· Smartboard

· Teacher laptop

· KidPix application installed on each computer

· Assessment Venn diagram worksheet

· Class website (edmodo)

Lesson Procedure

Introduction (Three minutes): The teacher will have a completed Venn diagram on the smartboard with various government terms. The teacher will then explain what a Venn diagram is and how it is helpful in sorting, comparing, and contrasting vocabulary.

Procedure (Six minutes): Open up KidPix on the smartboard. Show how to draw circles and create a Venn Diagram. Demonstrate how to place stickers and put in text. Construct a Venn diagram with two circles, two labels for each circle (water animals and land animals), and insert a couple animal stickers into their respective circles.

Guided Practice (12 minutes): Have students open up their laptops and allow them to experiment with the KidPix application (three minutes). Then, have the students get into pairs and have them construct a Venn diagram complete with labels and at least twelve stickers (of any category) on their diagram. While students are in pairs creating their diagram, walk amongst class and check each pair to make sure they are completing their diagram.

Assessment (19 minutes): Have the students break up from their pairs and open KidPix on their own laptops. Put the current social studies chapter’s 14 government-related vocabulary words on the board, along with a three-circled Venn diagram with labels inside. Show the students dictionary.com and allow them to look up words they do not know. The labels will say Local Government, State Government, and National Government. Have each student create this three-circled Venn diagram on KidPix and give them twelve minutes to complete their diagram and upload it to the class website.

Closure (2 minutes): Ask the students what links, comparisons, and similarities they found while constructing their government vocabulary Venn diagram.

Role of Technology

The role of KidPix on the students’ laptops facilitates a fun learning environment to learn how to create Venn diagrams. By allowing the students to create their own diagram from a large amount of stickers allows for each diagram to be their own unique Venn diagram. By having the guided practice on KidPix be very similar to the assessment, this allows for a quick, easily-understood assessment.

References

Venn Diagram retrieved from VennDiagram.net

Blasen, K. (n.d.). VennDiagram.net. Venn Diagram Photos. Retrieved November 15, 2012, from http://www.venndiagram.net/photo-gallery

Social Studies Government / Venn Diagram Assessment

Description

The assessment of the student-created practice sticker Venn diagram will be a formative assessment, as it goes along with the lesson. The formative assessment will be based off learning objective #1 (After being shown an example Venn diagram, the student will construct a Venn diagram on Kid Pix with a correct Venn diagram (two overlapping circles) and twelve stickers placed inside the circles). An unofficial, non-graded assessment will take on the students practice Venn diagram. The teacher will go around and check the students’ sticker Venn diagram to see if they are completing them correctly.

The summative assessment of the final vocabulary Venn diagram will be done after the students all submit their diagrams to the class edmodo page. The summative assessment will be based off learning objective #2 (Given a list of fourteen vocabulary words, the student will place at least ten of the vocabulary word correctly on a predetermined Venn diagram). An attached rubric will be used for the summative assessment.

Evaluation Tools

The summative assessment has a rubric (see below). The students’ success from the lesson will be based off their ability to successfully construct a three-ringed Venn diagram on KidPix and successfully put at least ten out of fourteen government vocabulary words in the correct circles.

Correct Government Vocabulary Venn Diagram

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