Project 1: Project Rivers
Project Rivers is a project that has already been started on STEM~Net. The aim of the project is to develop in students an appreciation of their environment and to help to preserve local watersheds. Beachy Cove Elementary wishes to be part of this project. This project would allow Beachy Cove students to take "ownership" of a section of Goat Cove Brook which borders the school property and flows through the community of St. Philips into Conception Bay. The students would collect data about this river. They will make observations about various factors which affect the brook. The students will collect information about water levels, the effects of weather conditions on the river, and the influences that community and people have on a river system. Students will share their findings using charts and drawings which will be posted to the school home page using a scanner and print.
The main curriculum area to be addressed by the project is in the area of Science. The Grade One Science Curriculum requires the teachers to address several aspects of water and the environment. Students will study the basic properties of water, how weather and the seasons affect habitat and the uses of water in a natural setting. As well they will gain an appreciation for the global effects of human activity on an ecosystem and develop a respect for the environment.
Social Studies objectives will be addressed when students develop some of the map skills necessary to read and draw a basic map showing landmarks, symbols and the four cardinal points on the map. Some Language Arts objectives will be met as students use the beginning skills of the writing process such as jot notes, drafting and writing simple sentences. They will also experience the final stage of publishing their work in the classroom and by creating work to be scanned and printed on the Internet.
The General Curriculum Outcomes for Technology Education are also addressed in this project. Students will begin to develop an awareness of modern technology. They will be introduced to the basic concepts of communications and begin to employ simple technological methods using a variety of tools and methods. They will begin to develop proficiency with the use of various computer components (such as the mouse and keyboard). They will investigate the role of technology as an information and communication tool.
At present there is no Internet connection at our school. Having Internet access available through the Windows NT Server would enable Grade One students to make use of the computers in their classrooms to access weather reports, data on other river systems and to display their results for other interested schools. They will be able to import and export illustrations and their findings with other classes who are conducting similar projects across the province.
Other Resources which will be utilized include:
The Learning Outcomes for the various curriculum areas will be assessed using anecdotal records, observation, portfolio assessment and assessment of the final project which is produced by the students.
Teachers will be monitoring not only individual student results but students' abilities to work as part of a cooperative group and to engage in group decision making. Cooperative learning is one of the skills that we emphasize in all of our resource based units throughout the school. Hopefully by beginning to work on a project such as this at an early stage in their education, students will become aware and anxious to continue with this type of activity throughout their education.
We believe that this project will demonstrate the vast number of possibilities that the Internet and computers could have at any level for inspiring students and teachers to learn and explore.