Project 2: Cabot Companions
The grade six classes of Goulds Elementary will use informational skills and research strategies to communicate information pertaining to their home province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the ongoing 500th Cabot Anniversary Celebrations to ot her schools around the world. Students will write paragraphs containing informational clues related to events in our 500 year history. Other schools around the world are challenged to use the clues and their own resources to solve the puzzles. The answer will then be e-mailed to Goulds Elementary. Using a map of the world and incorporating map and globe skills, students will track their responses and post it on their home page and on a map in their classrooms.
There are many curriculum connections within this particular project:
Intended Learning Outcomes
The success of this project will be directly linked to student access to computers and the Internet. Through the STELLAR Schools Internet connection, students will be able to post information on a home page, track responses from their audiences and us e the Internet to gain information and knowledge about their project. As stated in the Department of Education 's document on learning outcomes for Technology Education, elementary students should be able to use communications technologies to collaborate with students, teachers and others at a distance in order to develop and implement solutions to problems. Students will also use word processing software within the school to type and print their results.
At the conclusion of this project students will be required to collect all data and post the results on the homepage. Students will be expected to analyze the results and use their map and globe skills to locate the source of the audience responses. Students will choose one of the locations for a research project based on the comparison of geographical and historical information.