Project 1: Project China:
|Lead Teacher(s):||Myrna Williams
16 Larkhall Street
St. John's, NF
|Grade Level:||Students participating in this project are in grade 4.|
|Number of Students:||There will be approximately 30 students involved.|
|Project Start and Finish Dates:||This project is expected to be started and be completed within one month period.|
Students within the grade 4 class complete a unit of study on China. In this unit students learn about China; way of life, day-to-day activities, education, industries, food and so on. Project China is a designed to enable students to understand that people express much about their life through their particular culture. Its aim is to produce an online cultural exchange. The information exchange will focus on one aspect of culture - Food. Using the Internet as primary resource, students involved in the program will communicate with fourth graders in China (possibility Hong Kong). Specifically, the project will get students from this class to find "e-mail friends" in China. Students from grade 4 will ask questions of their "e-mail friends" relating to the above stated activities. The focus will be on Food. Each student from this grade 4 class will be required to exchange one recipe of a traditional Meal. This class will then take their recipes and create an online authentic Chinese Cookbook.
Once the recipes are collected they will be compared and contrasted with Canadian foods. The students will discover more cultural clues from this analysis. For instance; How our diets differ, why they cook the way they do, does economics play a factor in food, does geography affect ones diet, who's diet is healthier - less fat, and what foods are eaten during different celebrations?
This project allows the students to learn from Chinese students about the Chinese culture and way of life, specifically the traditional food of China. The following Intended Learning Outcomes are expected of students upon completion of this project;
Upon completion of this project students will;
The STELLAR Schools Internet Connections will enhance this project in a number of ways. Students will receive experience on the Internet and using e-mail. Many of these students have not had this experience before. Technology is a vital part of their lives and will become more prevalent in their future. This project will start the process of learning about these technologies and will motivate them to learn more. Project China will also enable students to communicate directly with Chinese children to collect information, thus getting cultural clues first-hand and not just from published materials. Quickly, they will come to grasp with the concept of a "global village." Their Chinese friends will be at their finger-tips, not thousands of miles away. This will enhance cultural awareness greatly.
The evaluation of this project will be ongoing. Observation on individual and/or small group conferences will be used quite frequently to evaluate. The students will be observed and monitored closely in the following areas;