Participate Project

Project Objectives:

  1. Students will understand that countries and cultures from around the world celebrate holidays with unique traditions, foods, clothing, and activities.
  2. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of a holiday celebration from another part of the world.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding that symbols have meaning and that they represent an idea, a person, a place, or an event.
  4. Students will demonstrate an appreciation for a holiday that is celebrated by another country or culture by sharing what is learned about the holiday and creating unique symbols to represent the important components of the holiday.
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Curriculum Goals:

Social Studies:
Goal 2.   Peoples of the Nations and World - Students will understand the diversity and commonality, human            
              interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States, and the World through a                   multicultural and a historic perspective. 

The student will be able to:
a.     Use fiction and non-fiction to compare the elements of two different cultures, and how they meet their human needs         for food, shelter, and other commonalities such as recreation, music, and stories.
b.     Explain ways people of different ages and/or cultural backgrounds can respect and help to pass on traditions and             customs.
c.     Explain that individuals and groups share and borrow from other cultures to form a community.
d.     Give examples of how families in the community share and borrow customs and traditions from other cultures.

2.     Write to Inform Objectives - The student will be able to compose oral, written, and visual presentations that inform             by using major points and examples to support a main idea, specifically:
a.     Identify and use sufficient information, including factual details and/or scientific observations, to adequately develop         the topic using traditional and/or electronic retrieval sources. (I)
b.     Use teacher directed note taking and/or other organizational strategies to record and organize information. (O)
c.     Group related facts into a paragraph(s) that maintains a consistent focus and moves through a logical sequence with         a topic sentence and supporting sentences. (O)
e.     Use content-related vocabulary and language to clarify the message for the intended audience. (WC, V)

Maryland Teacher Technology Standards

I. Information Access, Evaluation, Processing and Application Access, evaluate, process and apply information efficiently and effectively.

    1. Identify, locate, retrieve and differentiate among a variety of electronic sources of information
    using technology.
    2. Evaluate information critically and competently for a specific purpose.

II. Communication

A. Use technology effectively and appropriately to interact electronically.
    1. Use telecommunications to collaborate with peers, parents, colleagues, administrators and/or
        experts in the field.

B. Use technology to communicate information in a variety of formats.
    1. Select appropriate technologies for a particular communication goal.
    2. Use productivity tools to publish information.
    3. Use multiple digital sources to communicate information online.

V. Integrating Technology into the Curriculum and Instruction

    Design, implement and assess learning experiences that incorporate use of technology in a curriculum-related    
    instructional activity to support understanding, inquiry, problem solving, communication and/or collaboration.
    1. Assess students’ learning/ instructional needs to identify the appropriate technology for
    2. Evaluate technology materials and media to determine their most appropriate instructional use.
    3. Select and apply research-based practices for integrating technology into instruction.
    4. Use appropriate instructional strategies for integrating technology into instruction.
    5. Select and use appropriate technology to support content-specific student learning outcomes.
    6. Develop an appropriate assessment for measuring student outcomes through the use of
    7. Manage a technology-enhanced environment to maximize student learning.

Last Updated: January 30, 2010