Project 3: What's Going On With The Weather?

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Cyril Coombs
(cpcoombs@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)
School: Roncalli Elementary
130 Airport Heights Drive
St. John's, NF
A1A 4Z7
Tel: (709) 576-4731
Fax: (709) 576-0087
Grade Level: Grade 7
Number of Students: 25 students
Project Start and Finish Dates: April, 1998 - June, 1998

  Project Overview

Our grade sevens will conduct an Internet search on various aspects of changing weather and climate patterns in North America. Students will collect data, research, develop jot note and a research paper. These papers will then be published on the Internet.

  Curriculum Connections

3.1 Main Curriculum Areas Relating to the Project:

Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology

3.2 In column one list one or more appropriate Department of Education Learning Outcomes. In column two describe how the outcomes of your project fulfill the curriculum requirements.

Department of Education Learning Outcomes

Project Links

1. Locate Newfoundland, Canada and selected communities of the world. 1. Using the Internet students will research various sites to locate Newfoundland and other areas and countries.
2. Analyze weather patterns in Newfoundland and other parts of the world. 2. Working through proposed Internet sites, students learn about various climates and odd weather happenings.
3. Understand temperatures, seasons, climates, oceans, currents etc. 3. Research information, tables, graphs, satellite information.
4. Develop approaches and strategies to conduct research and critically evaluate information presented in print and various media. 4. Students will be selecting from massive amounts of information.

3.3 In column one list the appropriate Department of Education Technology Education Outcomes. In column two describe how the outcomes of your project satisfy the curriculum requirements.

Technology Education
Learning Outcomes

Project Links

1. Independently use and electronic network. 1. Students will use their own Internet account provided by the school.
2. Access and select specific information to meet personal and learning needs. 2. Identify and locate links.
3. Use e-mail and newsgroups to supplement information provided on the Internet. 3. Using other forms of electronic communication.
4. 4.

  Resource Connections

4.1 Explain how a high-speed STELLAR school connection will enable or enhance this project.

The high speed connection and Stellar status will allow full class participation in this project. It will allow greater access to more information.

Students final draft will be published on the Internet using text and graphics.

4.2 List other resources required for the success of this project.

School resource center, maps, textbooks.

  Evaluation

Students will be evaluated on all aspects of the project as follows:

Research Topic and Questions 20%

Information Sources 20%

Content 20%

Mechanics and Editing 20%

Internet Search Skills 10%

Participation and Co-operation 10%

5.1 Develop a time line to indicate when you expect students to achieve the intended learning outcomes or accomplish milestones that indicate substantial progress.

Expected Date

Outcome or Milestone

Date Achieved

  This project will be completed in 3 months  
     
     
     
     
     

5.2 Discuss how this project provides an opportunity for students to communicate with others (e.g. e-mail, newsgroups, web pages and electronic presentations that include text and/or multimedia.

Students will hopefully make links with others students and organizations in Newfoundland and other parts of the world, by way of e-mail and newgroups. They will discover interesting web pages and links and will learn something about HTML editing and web publishing.

5.3 Explain how students will acknowledge all sources of information (web sites, print sources, software, media reports, etc.)

All sources of information will be referenced according to accepted academic standards.

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