The Social Studies Curriculum for grade 5 students focuses on living in Newfoundland and Labrador. It explores aspects and issues of Newfoundland culture. The grade 5 class of Bishop Feild would like to explore mummering.
A variety of print and non-print resources will be used as sources of information. Parents, grandparents and other members of the community can be interviewed by students to find out how mummering was part of the celebration of Christmas.
Mummers have been known for hundreds of years in many countries, but usually in connection with Christmas. Mummering is still a custom in Newfoundland, especially in the outports. Students will research the custom of mummering and place their results on the school web page. It is hoped that students in other parts of Newfoundland, Canada and other countries of the world will add to our research and interview results via the Internet.
This project meets course objectives in various areas especially Social Studies and Language Arts.
The study of culture is a major component of the Grade 5 Social Studies Program. In the text The Atlantic Edge: Living in Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter 7 "Work and Entertainment in Grandparentsí Days" mummering is studied as part of Christmas entertainment.
The Stellar Schools Internet connection will enable students to share and exchange information with students on the WWW. Students will use a variety of print and non-print resources including the Internet to research and share their findings.
Students will use:
The learning outcomes previously stated will be the ones used to evaluate students. Teacher observation and student work samples will be used to evaluate student progress.
Participation in this project will give students a greater understanding of our history and pride in our heritage and culture.