Project 1: ROOTS
The Social Studies Curriculum for grade 6 students of Newfoundland and Labrador focuses on aspects and issues of our Canadian culture. Included are issues such as national unity, Quebec separatism, and our "Canadian Mosaic." Settlement patterns, regional isolation, ties to country of origin, are just a few of the factors which effected Canada's multicultural mosaic. By communicating with parents and grandparents, discussing family/national traditions, and sharing them with other 11 and 12 year olds these students will be able to gain an appreciation for family and country. Students will use maps and graphs and anecdotal reports to communicate their findings. Stories, songs, customs, artifacts, etc. may be collected and displayed on the world wide web or merely in the classroom.
This project is easily adapted to the learning needs and interests of the students. The information skills involved include: inquiring into family ancestry and traditions, decision making as each student determines where and how to find answers to his/her questions, collecting and organizing data, presenting findings, and reflecting not only on the project but also the place of each student in his/her family and Canada.
The media skills include:
Assessment within the classroom will be up to the teachers involved. Although the content of this project may be general enough for most students across Canada, specific student learning outcomes may vary from province to province. The students will be encouraged to use formative and summative evaluation to assess their:
Initially, the students will need to contact other students across Canada to ensure the participants include a wide variety of represented regions. By creating a web page and browsing other sites students can recruit more participants. Once the local data on ancestral origins is collected and graphed, students can once again use the internet to share the information with participants, perhaps using the web page. The traditions can be shared using email or the web page. Researching individual families may be done online using the Genealogical Society. Connecting to others in the countries of origin will also require internet time. Students will need to use search engines and indexes to access people and information through Netscape.
Since student access to the internet is limited to a few students at a time until our school finishes with its technology revisions, Heidi Gatherall, the Learning Resources teacher will work with the students on the internet. Dwight Ford, the classroom teacher, will continue with the rest of the class on aspects of the project which can be done in the classroom. The whole group, including both teachers will meet periodically to assess progress and goals.