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What Does Canada Look Like?

Identify the top five geographical features in an assigned region of Canada.

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Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
This table identifies only learning outcomes that are assessed by using the summative student task. Other outcomes for this critical challenge are addressed through instruction. The full list of learning outcomes can be found in the Outcomes section of this critical challenge.

Criteria for Evaluation
Students provide evidence of their learning as they:
Related Learner Outcomes
  • access and retrieve information
Specific Outcome 5.S.4.3
  • Students will select and use technology to assist in problem solving
Specific Outcome 5.S.7.4
  • Students will cite references as part of research
Specific Outcome 5.S.7.6
  • Students will access and retrieve appropriate information from the Internet by using a specific search path or from given uniform resource locators (URLs)
  • communicate information
Specific Outcome
  • Students will appreciate the diversity of geographic phenomena in Canada (LPP)
Specific Outcome
  • Students will appreciate the geographic vastness of Canada (LPP)
Specific Outcome
  • What are the major geographical regions, landforms and bodies of water in Canada? (LPP)
Specific Outcome 5.S.3.2
  • Students will construct maps, diagrams and charts to display geographic information
Specific Outcome 5.S.8.7
  • Students will communicate effectively through appropriate forms, such as speeches, reports and multimedia presentations, applying information technologies that serve particular audiences and purposes
  • participate as a group member
Specific Outcome 5.S.4.2
  • Students will collaborate with others to apply strategies for decision making and problem solving
Specific Outcome 5.S.5.3
  • Students will work collaboratively with others to achieve a common goal
Specific Outcome 5.S.8.3
  • Students will listen to others to understand their perspectives
  • compare and contrast information
Specific Outcome
  • What are the differences and similarities among the geographical regions of Canada? (LPP)
Specific Outcome 5.S.4.6
  • Students will use graphic organizers, such as mind mapping/webbing, flow charting and outlining, to
    present connections between ideas and information in a problem-solving environment
Specific Outcome 5.S.7.3
  • Students will draw and support conclusions, based on information gathered, to answer a research question


Assessment for Learning (Formative)
Formative assessment provides opportunities for students to receive feedback. Formative feedback is used solely to help students improve their performance.

To reflect on their work in progress and make necessary adjustments, students can use Student Self-reflection: How Effectively Did We Communicate? (Assessment). This tool can also be used by students as a self-evaluation of their final performance after completing the project.

To help students focus on effective group work skills, students can use Student Self-reflection: My Participation in a Group (Assessment). This tool can also be used by the students for self-evaluation after completing the project.

To reflect on their work in progress and make any necessary adjustments before submitting work for marking. students can use Peer Coaching Feedback: Compare and Contrast Information (Assessment).

Assessment of Learning (Summative)
Summative assessment takes place after instruction and after students have had a chance to practise and receive specific, descriptive feedback on their work. Summative assessment provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know and can do.

Use the Rubric for The Great Canadian Textbook Challenge (Assessment) to evaluate student performance on the various criteria of the task.

Both Student Self-reflection: How Effectively Did We Communicate? (Assessment) and Student Self-reflection: My Participation in a Group (Assessment) can be used with teacher observation and anecdotal notes to determine the level of student performance on the rubric.


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Assessment support provided by the Alberta Assessment Consortium (AAC).

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