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  • How to use Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta - Outlines suggestions on how teachers may integrate the Mavericks site as a learning resource for grade four to seven social studies. Includes Technology Tips on using the Mavericks site.
  • Project Plans - Contains 27 Project Plans that are connected to the Alberta Program of Studies, multi-disciplinary in nature, and created with broad-based, open-ended instructional strategies. Each plan outlines recommended procedures, provides possible student extensions, and also includes other online resources and information to supplement student learning. The plans are connected to one of the theme areas, but may be easily modified to apply to other content.
  • Using Primary Sources - Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta contains hundreds of historical primary source materials that are first-hand, original, authentic accounts of the past. Teachers will find resources on how to integrate inquiry into primary sources and historical thinking skills into Social Studies.
  • Using Inquiry - Inquiry-based learning, in the context of Mavericks: A History of Alberta, encourages students to undertake the process of a historical investigation and critically explore and assess their findings, similar to the work of an actual historian. Teachers will find information about inquiry-based learning, what it looks like within a classroom, and how the process may be used to guide student learning.
  • Essential Questions - These are the "big ideas" that are used to engage students and reflect the core or the essence of the topic being studied. Included are essential questions pertaining to each theme area, as well as questions that relate to exploring the whole Mavericks site.
  • Integrating ICT - The Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta project plans have been developed to allow for the appropriate use of ICT by students through such applications as digital filmmaking software, presentation programs, and mind-mapping software. Teachers will find information that will assist them in integrating ICT into their social studies programs.
  • Curriculum Mapping - Contains curriculum information and connections to the Alberta program of studies for using the Mavericks site. The resource is aimed for use with students from grades four to seven, but may be used with a wider range of learners.
  • Assessment and Evaluation - Teachers will find information on using assessment and evaluation for the purpose of student growth. Included is information on the assessment process itself and on using journaling, not only during the learning process but also for self or peer assessment.
  • Student Web Links - Contains links to excellent websites for each theme area that you or your students can use to find other primary sources or to conduct further Internet research.
  • Knowledge Hunts - Each Knowledge Hunt is a short quiz that includes 10 questions meant to assist students in exploring and becoming familiar with one of the theme areas.
  • Glossaries - Provides the definition for words specific to each theme area. It is suggested that teachers review or point out the glossaries to students before they examine a specific theme area.


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