This project will help to fulfill the objectives of the Grade Five Science unit on Flight. During the implementation of this project, students will be actively involved in using a variety of resources (print, non-print, technology and human resources) to gain an understanding of major events in the history of flight, the different methods of flight and how flight has changed our lives.
To help broaden their knowledge of Flight and to help the unit come alive for them, the students at St. Andrew's Elementary School will access the Internet for research purposes including sites such as NASA and Roberta Bondar's web page.
St. Andrew's Elementary School has a long history of promoting and being actively involved in delivering a curriculum that promotes the philosophy of resource-based learning. This unit for our Grade five students fits into this type of curriculum initiative. A Committee at St. Andrew's Elementary School is now at work developing an Information Learning Skills Plan for the K-6 curriculum. Many of the skills from our Draft Plan will be integrated into this project. St. Andrew's Elementary School has a Local Area Network (LAN) and some 35 networked computers. A 'high speed connection' will certainly help us to more effectively integrate technology cross the curriculum.
This project involves our Grade Five Science curriculum and areas of Technology Education.
The students will:
In the area of technology education there have been six general curriculum outcomes identified. During elementary school students will be expected to:
The STELLAR Schools Internet 'high-speed connection' in critical to the success of this project. Our students will be going online to access different sites related to this topic. This kind of learning appears to be more meaningful, current and motivational for children as it offers access to a variety of high interest resources in the blink of an eye. Many other resources will be used in this project in addition to the Internet; students will also be using a variety of print media including encyclopaedia, books, periodicals and CD-ROM resources and they will be engaged in electronic searches of their local Learning Resource Centre resources using OPAC.
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 will be evaluated not only individually but also as cooperative group members.
Students will have
We believe that this project will demonstrate to the Grade Five teachers at St. Andrew's Elementary School the exciting possibilities that the Internet has to offer in the area of curriculum delivery. It will also expose students and their parents to the wonderful possibilities of information technology.