The purpose of this project is to research school life in Japan by sharing information via Internet with a selected Japanese school where we have a Newfoundland contact (i.e., one of our former Interns / substitute teachers is now teaching in Japan). Through discussions the children will compose a list of questions about school life in Japan. These questions will be sent to the participating school via e-mail. Children in Japan will answer these questions. The children from the class in Japan can then collect data about our school life using the same procedures. This will enrich the unit on Japan taught at this level and it will give a better understanding of school life in a different culture.
a name="curriculum" target="_top"> Curriculum Connections
This project will include the following areas of the curriculum:
In the area of technology education there have been six general curriculum outcomes identified. During elementary school student will be expected to:
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In previous years, to achieve the goals outlined in teaching the unit on Japan, we have used a variety of resources, such as: videos, films, recommended text, special guests, library resource books, a Japanese day in class, Japanese meal and display of Japanese items brought along by students and other people in our community. These resources will continue to be used but this project proposal will add greatly to the knowledge and understanding of Japanese life, as we will now be able to communicate, on a daily basis, with our friends in Japan via e-mail. In addition, the Internet will permit us access to more extensive and up-to-date resources and information.
Both the processes used and the final product will be evaluated during this project. Formative evaluation will include (but not be limited to) anecdotal records, journals, observation and conferences. The summative evaluation would include grading the final report based on the learning outcomes that have been identified for this project. Students would be evaluated not only individually but also as cooperative group members. The following 'checklist' will be used for to record the teacher's observations:
Student Evaluation Checklist:
Name: _____________________ Date: ____________________
___ Is acquiring knowledge of school life in Japan.
___ Is learning how to record information from the assigned Japanese school.
___ Is learning how to compare the information gathered as it compares to their own school.
___ Is able to locate Japan on a world map.
___ Is learning to compose appropriate questions to glean information from material presented.
___ Is learning computer skills and become familiar with Internet.
___ Is using language skills to communicate information to Japanese partners.
___ Is able to sing Japanese songs and play Japanese games.
___ Is able to make Japanese symbols from 0-9.
___ Is able to solve simple Math problems using Japanese symbols.