Project 4: Endangered Species

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Eileen Carson (Grade 6)

Fred Butler (Grade 6)
(
ftbutler@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Robert Coultas (Grade 6)
(
rcoultas@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Bruce Lane (Learning Resources/Technology)
(
blane@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Mary Queen Of Peace School
137 Torbay Road
St. John's, NF
A1A 2G9
Grade Level: Grade 6
Number of Students: 70
Project Start and Finish Dates: October 1997 - January 1998

  Project Overview

Grade 6 students at Mary Queen of Peace School will participate in a resource based unit entitled Endangered Species. They will be involved in researching this topic utilizing a variety of media including:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Filmstrips
  • Videos
  • CD-ROMs
  • World Wide Web

Students will be grouped and will complete research on several topics including:

  • Causes of Extinction
  • Consequences of Extinction
  • Protecting Endangered Species

Members of a fourth group will each choose a species which is presently on the endangered species list, complete research and write a report about the species.

All students will write a report and present their results to their peers.

As an extension to the project, a group of students will be selected to become involved in the development of a Web site on the topic of endangered species. They will be taught to:

  • use e-mail (Eudora, Netscape Mail, and/or Internet Explorer Mail)
  • use a web browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer)
  • create web pages (HTML Editor or WordPerfect 7)
  • design graphics (CorelDRAW)

This project will provide opportunities for grade 6 students to have their work published on the World Wide Web (WWW).

  Curriculum Connections

This project will be integrated across several curriculum areas:

  • Science
  • Language Arts
  • Technology Education

Endangered Species will introduce Grade 6 students to the Internet and the creation of a dynamic WWW site, the contents of which will be updated until the results of the overall project are published on the web site.. Students will be given the opportunity to communicate to a global audience utilizing current technology.

  Learning Outcomes

At the end of this project students will:

  • utilize print materials to research endangered species
  • utilize audiovisual materials to research endangered species
  • utilize the World Wide Web to research endangered species
  • write a report on the results of their research
  • produce pieces of written prose
  • apply the skills of the writing process
  • prewriting (brainstorming, jot-notes, thought web)
  • writing first draft
  • revising writing - changing/evolving ideas
  • editing (grammar, language conventions)
  • presenting their information to their peers
  • publish their work on a web site

Students selected for the enhanced project will:

  • use e-mail to communicate with other students working on similar topics
  • use e-mail to ask scientists questions about endangered species
  • visit related web sites
  • produce a web site about endangered species
  • produce graphics of endangered species to be used on a web site
  • work as a team to produce a web site
  • teach their peers to use the WWW and e-mail

  Technology Outcomes

At the end of this project students will:

  • utilize the following programs to produce an Endangered Species web site:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Corel WordPerfect 7
    • Windows 95
    • HTML Editor
    • Netscape
    • Internet Explorer
    • CorelDRAW!
    • Netscape Mail
    • Eudora
  • utilize the following hardware to complete their project:
    • computer with mouse
    • scanner
    • digital camera

  Resource Connections

A Stellar School Internet connection will give students and teachers the time necessary to develop and maintain a WWW site entitled - Endangered Species.

Other resources to be utilized throughout the length of the project include:

  • texts
  • CD-ROM
  • print materials in the Resource Centre
  • scanner - for inclusion of artwork/illustrations
  • digital camera

  Evaluation

This project will be evaluated in several ways.

The Process:
At the end of the project students will have:

  • completed a minimum of one piece of writing
  • presented the results of their research to a group of their peers
  • used a digital camera, downloaded photos and included them on the web site
  • used a scanner to digitize artwork/illustrations
  • incorporated graphics on a web page
  • designed and maintained a web site on the WWW
  • used e-mail to communicate with teachers, parents and students

This project will have a positive effect on the school as a whole. The Grade 6 students will have produced a piece of writing about a topic that they find extremely exciting. They will have presented their information to their peers. Several will have produced a web site. They will have been published in the true sense of the word. This will have a positive effect on their perceptions of their school and of themselves. Finally, the exposure to technology will open their eyes to the potential of the WWW as a source of information and communication.

The Product:
The web site will be evaluated by the response students receive to the project. This may be in the form of electronic, verbal or written feedback from people who visit their site.

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