Project 2: Collecting on the Edge

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Roxanne Rideout
(rsrideou@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Ralph Cann
(rcann@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Eugene Vaters Pentecostal Academy
16 Larkhall Street
St. John's, NF
A1B 2C3
(709) 722-7012
Grade Level: Students participating in this project are in grade 5.
Number of Students: There will be approximately 50 students involved.
Project Start and Finish Dates: Factoring in the possibilities of technical and other unforeseeable difficulties approximately two months will be set aside for the completion of this project.
  Project Overview

The grade 5 social studies curriculum focuses on the study of Newfoundland. Students are exposed to the culture diversities of their own province. Using computer technology and the Internet to search for and retrieve information from several communities throughout the province related to population, economy, industries, leisure, weather, topography, schools, churches, services, tourist attractions, artists, crafts (local cultures), politics, technology available and so on. A variety of locations will be selected, such as; western Newfoundland, a native community, a northern community, and so on. A list of questions and topics of "conversation" will be created for the students to ask their friends. Students will be given the opportunity to observe the different lifestyles, languages and so on throughout the province of Newfoundland. They are looking for the cultural diversity of the province. Students will make comparisons using charts and tables, prepare and send messages to their friends, search using search engines on the Internet for information relating to the contacted communities, download, print, analyse and prepare reports and presentations of the information gathered.

  Curriculum Connections

Collecting on the Edge has the possibilities to connect with several curriculum areas within the grade 5 context. Three specific area are those of the Language Arts program, Social Studies program and the Math program. However, with such a project the learning experiences will not be limited to these three areas, other subject areas will be incorporated when deemed appropriate. Specifically, each will be linked by;

Language Arts:

Upon completion of this project students will;

- make oral presentations
 
- complete comparison charts and tables
 
- refine their ability to use the writing process - prewriting, editing, writing and publishing, when completing their letters for their friends.
 
- practice in reading and interpreting information

Social Studies:

Upon completion of this project students will;

- gain an appreciation for the cultural diversity of Newfoundland
 
- develop map reading skills (locating communities contacted)
 
- examine the variety of the resources that land and water provide for people.
 
- analyse how people earn a living in the secondary and tertiary sectors of the economy in Newfoundland.
 
- examine the diversity and contribution of selected ethnic groups
 
- examine how the economic resources of Newfoundland are utilized to satisfy the needs and wants of their citizens.
 
- examine how different communications and technologies affect its citizens.
 
- examine the impact of modern technology on different communities
 
- recognize that conflict among groups affect the lives of people in Newfoundland.
 
- examine how the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors of the economy will increasingly be linked to global factors.

Math:

Upon completion of this project students will;

- collect data from the environment
 
- construct tables, charts, and graphs using the data collected
 
- interpret the data represented in the various tables, charts, and graphs.

Technology Outcomes:

Upon completion of this project, students will fulfill several of the technology outcomes intended for the elementary level, as set forth by the Department of Education and Training, in the Technology Education: Curriculum Foundation Document. Included would be;

- recognize the effect of resource limitations on choice of communications tools.
 
- identify and investigate real life communication problem situations and opportunities.
 
- evaluate communications products, both their own and others, in terms of intended use and effectiveness.
 
- identify ways in which communications technologies are used
 
- identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communications technologies.
 
- develop a vocabulary of terminology and language, related to selected communications technologies.
 
- work effectively in several communications media.
 
- identify ways in which people, including themselves, are affected by technological change.
 
- use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information
 
- use communications technology as a tool for a variety of purposes

  Resource Connections

This project will allow for a number of connections which would be difficult to make without the STELLAR Schools connection. Students from these grade 5 classes, in St. John's, can make connections with students around Newfoundland. Personal connections are often viewed as much more reliable and believable then reading from a book. It makes the project more interesting and will encourage the students to be more conscience of their province. It will bring the information they study from other resources "to life." The information they receive from their provincial friends will also be more recent and current. Often, other resources have information that may be outdated by 3 -5 or more years.

Other resources will be used with this project as well. Students will be exposed to maps, CDRom technologies, spreadsheets (Microsoft works or others), artifacts (relating to the communities), human resources (special guests), videos, newspapers and so on.

  Evaluation

Evaluation of this project will be an ongoing process. Students will be observed as they work with their peers, on the computer, use of other resources and so on. They will also have to complete work to be reported to the class, such as;

- presenting a report to the class
 
- presenting information using a word processor, and data base
 
- presenting information in graph and table form
 
- discussions on how information technology and communication technologies affect our daily lives and school.
 
- group project (research paper)
 
- ability to e-mail
 
- ability to use Internet - World Wide Web search engines
 
- ability to retrieve and store information
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