December 16

posted Dec 16, 2011, 6:11 AM by Peter Knowles
Essential Question: 
How do you know what you know?
Standard: Social Studies Skills 5.2 Use inquiry-based research.  
Day # 77Date:  December 16, 2011Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target QuestionHow do you find information to answer a question?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will compare search engine results to identify pitfalls and successful approaches when searching for specific information. WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will discuss with a partner various approaches to internet searches and describe some of their results in writing. HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instructions

REMINDER: Have you turned in your latest assessment (the 8th Assessment, due Tuesday?) Vacation is right around the corner; get caught up now so you can enjoy your time off.


CLASS ACTIVITY:


Today we'll continue looking at how to do research on the Internet. If you and your partner are not finished with yesterday's assignment, finish that first.


If you are done with yesterday's assignment, take a look at the information you collected (in the last box on yesterday's assignment) and begin coming up with an answer to your original question. 


  1. With your partner, come up with an answer to your question that can be supported with evidence you've found. 
  2. Then compose a list of evidence that supports your main position (your thesis).
  3. As you use evidence, you'll need to cite the source of that information. 
  4. That means finding the author of the web pages you use, just like the activity from Wednesday, and 
  5. including a list of references that you cite.


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QUESTION:

"How should public schools manage junk food sales to students?"


THESIS:

Public schools should be concerned about the food students are able to buy at school, but there are no easy answers when it comes to banning junk food sales.  


EVIDENCE:

  • Schools that have banned junk food from lunch lines have helped reduce childhood obesity rates, perhaps by as much as 18% (Strauss).
  • The Seattle School District banned junk food in vending machines but will likely soon end that ban, after income from machines dropped from $214,000 in profits from vending machines in 2001 to $17,000 this year (Rosenthal).
  • Schools admit that they could replace their current pizza offerings with " pizza smothered in spinach, artichoke hearts, and other vegetables on a whole wheat flaxseed crust" but it would add too much to the cost, and it's not clear that students would buy it (Just and Wansink).


REFERENCES:

Just, David R., and Brian Wansink. "Smarter Lunchrooms: Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Meal Selection." Choices: The Magazine of Farm, Food, and Resource Issues. 2011. Web. Dec. 15, 2011.


Rosenthal, Brian M. "School board may ease ban on junk food." Seattle Times Online. Dec. 11, 2011. Web. Dec. 15, 2011.


Strauss, Valerie. "School junk food ban works, study finds." Washington Post Online. May 30, 2010. Web. Dec. 15, 2011.

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When finished with the assignment, share it with Mr. Knowles.


STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment
Completed assignment (to be continued in class tomorrow)
HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment
Our NEXT summative (graded) assessment is not until after vacation.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension

More links on this subject:

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE  ASSESSMENT, OR WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TODAY'S TOPI
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