Discover Newfoundland Expressions

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Project Outcomes
Resource Connections
Other Resources
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher: Judy Pitcher
Other Teachers:

Rosalie Whiteway

School: Cowan Heights Elementary School
Grade Level: Grade 5
Number of Students: 25
Project Start and Finish Dates: May 1997

  Project Overview

The Grade 5-2 students of Cowan Heights Elementary will research Newfoundland expressions through using research materials and interviewing grandparents, parents, and friends. In groups, they will prepare a list of Newfoundland expressions which will be formatted into a quiz. In this quiz the Newfoundland expressions will have to be matched with their meanings. This set of expressions will be sent to Bristol, England as part of the Cabot 500 Celebrations for a participating Grade 5 class to complete. In turn, the students of Bristol, England will develop a quiz containing British expressions which will be completed by the grade 5-2 students of Cowan Heights Elementary. Through this research of expressions both groups of children from Newfoundland and England will be able to gain a greater understanding of the contrast in the development of local expressions in different geographical areas.

  Curriculum Connections

This project will include other areas of the curriculum: Social Studies:

  • to develop an awareness of people living in England and the historical relationship between England and Newfoundland
  • to gain an appreciation of another country.
  • to become aware of the difference in expressions of another group of English speaking people.
  • to learn and understand Newfoundland expressions
  • to use map skills in locating England.
  • to extend beyond the text to other resources.
Language Arts:
  • to write for a purpose
  • to develop research skills
  • to enhance vocabulary
  • to improve spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills.
  • to develop skills and processes needed to communicate effectively.

  Project Outcomes

  1. Students will develop an awareness of people living in England and the historic relationship between England and Newfoundland.
  2. Students will learn computer skills and become familiar with the Internet.
  3. Students will use research skills.
  4. Students will use language skills to communicate information to their British counterparts.
  5. Students will realize the difference in expressions of another group of English speaking people.
  6. Students will learn new Newfoundland expressions through interviews and research.
  7. Students will learn new Newfoundland expressions through interviews and research.
  8. Students will gain an appreciation of another country and culture.

  Resource Connections

Without the Stellar School Internet Connection this project would not be possible.

  Other Resources

  1. Resource Books
    • Discovery Handbook
    • Historic Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Dictionary of Newfoundland and Labrador
  2. Resource People
  3. Internet WWW.

  Evaluation

Student Evaluation Checklist:


Name __________________________	Date: __________

     _____ is developing an awareness of people living in England and
           the historic relationship between England and Newfoundland.

     _____ is learning computer skills and is becoming familiar with
           the Internet.

     _____ is developing research skills.

     _____ is using language skills to communicate information to
           British Counterparts.

     _____ is realizing the difference in expressions of another group
           of English speaking people.

     _____ is learning new Newfoundland expressions through research
           and interviews.

     _____ is gaining an appreciation of another country and culture.

    The impact of this project on the school and the curriculum in general
    can be evaluated by the studentsí participation and their comments and
    feedback.

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