Project 1: COSMOS (Constellations of Students Musing On Stars)

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Learner Outcomes
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher: Linda Bartlett (Learning Resources)
Participating Teachers: John Elkins (Earth Science)
Sherry Butler (Earth Science)
Michelle Clemens (Literary Heritage)
John Bartlett (Physics)
School: Booth Memorial High School
145 Freshwater Road
St. John's, NF
A1C 2P1
Grade Level: Levels I - III
Number of Students: Approximately 100
Project Start and Finish Dates: Term II (January to June 1998)

  Project Overview

This is, in fact, two projects with a common theme - the Cosmos. In all three subject areas, students examine some aspect of Astronomy. In Physics 3204 and Earth Science 2203 it is done from a scientific point of view; in literature (Advanced Literary Heritage 2201) the emphasis is on mythology and folklore related to Astronomy and Astrology.

These areas require access to up to date information that Internet access can provide. As well, this would provide the flexibility for some innovative approaches such as direct E-mail communications with contacts world wide. Through sites like NASA, students can gain access to the latest data and images from space. Topics such as the Hubble Telescope will have far richer meaning when seen in this more direct way.

Information gathered by the Literature and Science students will be shared to add to the perspective of each group. This is an excellent opportunity for a cross-discipline approach to a topic.

  Curriculum Connections

Both Earth Science 2203 and the Physics of Astronomy unit in Physics 3204 contain specific objectives relating to topics such as:

Cosmology
The Planets
Star Formation
Historical Space Shots
The Hubble Telescope
The Place of Astrology and Myth in the History of Astronomy
and others.

Literary Heritage 2201 includes topics such as:

Mythology
Native legend and Lore
The Zodiac
Astrology
and others.

As pointed out above, Internet research access is an appropriate mechanism by which to study these areas.

  Learner Outcomes

To first of all address a more general, secondary desired outcome, at the end of the project students should be familiar with the Internet. They should be competent in searching for information as well as downloading text, still images and video clips.

The set of primary outcomes is subject specific. In all three subject areas students will obtain information relating to the particular objectives in the courses (as given in the appropriate curriculum guides).

  Resource Connections

In addition to resources currently available (primarily video tape and print) students will be required to be familiar with accessing the Internet. This would be done using a combination of printed guides and direct teacher instruction.

  Evaluation

Evaluation of the content area would be through the means already in place for the three courses (tests, written projects and short directed exercises) as outlined in the Department of Education and Avalon Consolidated School Board Evaluation Policies.

The facility with Internet would be assessed through observation. This would not be evaluated summatively.

The specific objectives evaluated, as previously stated, would be the objectives appropriate to Literary Heritage 2201, Physics 3204 (The Physics of Astronomy) and Earth Science 2203.

(Note: Though Earth Science 2203 is being phased out provincially, it is being retained as a local course.)

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