Accordion Book for Comparing Cultures – Grade Four
This evaluation is informal and should act as a guide for modifying plans and assisting individual learners. The work-sheet should be passed back to the students so that there can be a discussion about practices and products.
Students should record a minimum of seven facts concerning products and/or cultural practices that they have researched regarding each culture studied.
Students should display this information using illustrations combined with words or sentences.
Layout for the pages can be freestyle (combine all products and practices together on both pages) or structured (use the first page for products and the second for cultural practices credited to that group).
The result should be easy to read and clearly written.
You can place a time line along the bottom of the pages for each cultural group, noting a minimum of four key events related to that group. This time line is not intended to be connected to the other pages due to the variations in time. Each timeline can stand on its own. The teacher can give specific starting and ending times and/or intervals. For each group, the time line will vary and it will give the student multiple opportunities to construct time lines over the course of the school year. See an example below.
Give students a copy of the Accordion Book Rubric, Attachment A, ahead of time and inform them of the expectations for grading. Remind them to illustrate and label a minimum of seven products and practices on their pages. Neatness and legibility are essential as they will be using these pages for later work in the year. Explain that the time line at the bottom of the page must have accurately spaced intervals and at least four pertinent events related to the group being studied.