Lessons Integrating Information and Communication Technology within a Curriculum Area


Tracy Acker-Canning (HRSB), Jeff MacLeod (AVRSB), Shawna Penny (HRSB) and Karuna Singh (AVRSB)


Culture Unit Atlantic Canada

Grade Level

Grade 9

Subject Area

Social Studies

Overview of unit/lessons/activities (assumptions of prior knowledge/learning)

Students will develop a digital photo essay about their culture and complete learning centers on the Culture Unit.

  • They will learn the concept of video editing and relate it to the 5 concepts of Culture found in Atlantic Canada and the Global Community textbook. P.67
  • Students will learn about their family history and aboriginal culture through totem poles.
  • Students will learn about Atlantic Canadian culture through the development of an “I am Atlantic Canadian Poem”

Correlations to ICT and curriculum outcomes

Information and Communication Technology Outcomes

CT 9.1 Operates a wide variety of school media, computer, and other educationally appropriate equipment for learning communication, and the representation of their learning, independently and safely with teacher supervision.

PTS 9.4 Create and manipulate sound, images and video, using digital equipment and computer-based editing, to represent their learning for particular audiences and purposes, independently.

Social Studies Outcomes
Students will be expected to

2.1 examine and develop a general concept of culture.

2.1.1 define the terms culture, tradition, oral expression, and material culture.

2.1.6 recognize that culture is dynamic and shaped by many forces.

2.2.2 identify ways in which his/her culture is expressed.

Projected timeline for preparation and for carrying out activities

Digital camera introduction – 1 hour

Culture PowerPoint session and introduction to assignment – 1 hour

Working on Assignments -5 sessions of 1 hour each. Students will rotate using cameras, working at centres and being instructed by the teacher.

Equipment Requirements: (computers, software, etc)

Digital cameras

Computer access

Atlantic Canada and the Global Community textbook p. 67

Photo Cropping Programs:

Teaching materials provided (Blacklines, worksheets, templates, teacher materials)

PowerPoint of the 5 Aspects of Culture

Worksheet about the 5 Aspects of Culture

Assignment Sheet / Rubric

Storyboard Template

Evaluation of Student Progress

Totem Pole Lesson Plan

I am Atlantic Canadian Poem

Resources available for teacher/student use (websites, references, etc)

Detailed instructions for each activity or lesson (teacher notes, activity information, learning strategies, teacher role, student roles)


1. Define Culture.

2. Read together the 5 Components of Culture found on p.67 from text (Atlantic Canada and the Global Community) . Or view PowerPoint Presentation on the aspects of culture.

3. Brainstorm in groups the aspects of culture that reflect you. You can use Inspiration to complete these brainstorms.

4. Introduce the assignment and begin the project.

Teacher Notes:

Definition of Culture: is the who and what we are. It includes al the ways people respond to their physical environment, their history, their economic life, their social life and their political life.

The 5 Aspects of Culture

Physical Environment

  1. Where do you live, specifically the city or country?

2. What activities do you do in your physical environment? Do you play soccer, football, swim or walk etc..?


1. Where does your family come from?

2. What are traditions that your family celebrates? (Think about other events aside from Christmas) Are they different from your friends?

3. What type of food do you eat?

4. Do you eat as a family or eat in front of the T.V?

Social Life

1. What kind of groups do you hang out with?

2. What type of sports and activities are you involved in?

3. What do you do in your spare time – play computer games, sports etc. ?

4. What are traditions in your life that you value? (Religion etc.)

Economic Life

  1. Where do your parents/guardians work?
  2. Where do people in your community work?
  3. When you graduate where do you see yourself in the future?

Political Life

1. How do people organize themselves in society?

2. What are the rules and responsibilities at your school?

Student products expected

Storyboard template

PowerPoint presentation or scrapbook of the digital photography essay.

Totem Pole or Family Tree

I Am Atlantic Canadian Poem and Collage

Samples (include teacher notes, assessment information, student work if available)

Samples can be found on the following website http://ali.apple.com/ali_sites/deli/exhibits/1000308/Student_Work.html

Logistics (organization, grouping, management issues, access to technology)

First lesson will be taught to the whole class.

Divide the students into small groups (4-6 people). Students will be able to use digital cameras to take photos. While they are taking photos, the other students can be doing another lesson in one of the centers. How many cameras you have will dictate how many students you can send at a time. Alternate students every class.

Assessment information (e.g., rubrics for products and/or process)



Evaluation of Student Progress

Possible extensions

Suggested centers that can be completed during the photo essay activity.

  1. The Totem Pole Lesson
  2. I am Atlantic Canadian Poem and Collage

Other Suggested Lessons

Photo essay on another culture

Calendar representing cultures around the world

Comparison of two cultures (can use a Venn Diagram)

Adaptations for students requiring additional support

Print off the Power Point

Students can work in groups instead of individually

Fill a story board with their own pictures instead of using a Power Point

Students can use fewer photos

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