- Participate in a scavenger hunt to find and collect artifacts and information (primary and secondary sources) about the history and culture of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin;
- Catalog and organize the artifacts and information in a meaningful way.
- Divide the class into cooperative learning teams, assigning each group a number. Assign roles of writers/ editors, investigators, interviewers, and graphic designers.
- Arrange a trip to a local library for research time in the Louisiana Room. Many of the books will be reference only. Prepare the students in advance for note-taking and making Xerox copies.
- Explain to the students that they are about to begin a scavenger hunt for artifacts and information about the history of the culture in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Explain that their final goal is to prepare a documentary which will be presented along with the artifacts and other evidence and information to the class in the form of an oral presentation.
- In their groups, the students make a plan for completing the assignments on the Handout: The Great Pontchartrain Pursuit Scavenger Hunt. Each student may participate in two or more of the job groups. They use the Handout: Group Assignments to divide up the tasks.
- During homework time and on organized trips to the school or public library, the students begin to amass information and find artifacts.
- During class time, the students work in their cooperative groups to catalog the artifacts, using the Handout: Artifact Information Record Sheet. They need to organize the information in a meaningful logical way; they must support their decisions.
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