Project 3: Flight

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): George Tucker - Grade 5 Science Teacher
(gtucker@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Janet Cadigan - Grade 5 Science Teacher
(jcadigan@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: St. Andrew's Elementary
141 University Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1B 1Z4
Tel: (709) 726-3682
Fax: (709) 726-1012
Grade Level: Grade 6
Number of Students: Two grade five classes will be participating in this project - the total number of students is approximately 52.
Project Start and Finish Dates: This project will take approximately four weeks to complete. The start date is scheduled for the middle of March and runs until April 1998.

  Project Overview

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.

  Curriculum Connections

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.

Learning Outcomes:

This project involves our Grade Five Science curriculum and areas of Technology Education.

Science:

The students will:

  • Learn that floating, gliding, and powered flying are three kinds of flight.
  • Discover that how fast an object falls is related to its mass and shape.
  • Discover that heat sources create updrafts of air.
  • Learn that moving air can carry or move objects.
  • Discover that drag is a force that slows falling objects.
  • Discover that thrust is a force that can push objects forward.
  • Learn that air moving across a wing-shaped object can produce lift.
  • Learn that the flight path of a glider is related to its design.
  • Discover that kites vary in design and purpose.
  • Identify major events in the history of flight.
  • Discover how and when interest in flight first started.
  • Explore how human curiosity has contributed to improved flight technology.
  • Investigate different methods of flight.
  • Determine how flight has changed our lives.

Technology Education:

In the area of technology education there have been six general curriculum outcomes identified. During elementary school students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of technology;
  • Solve technological problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology and technological change;
  • Read, comprehend, write and use the language and terminology of technology;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of technology to enhance the learning process and develop active learning strategies using technology;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of information and communication technology and use technology to communicate effectively;

  Resource Connections

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.

  Evaluation

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.

Process Skills:

Students will have…

  • An understanding of the Internet and Internet services.
  • An ability to log on.
  • An ability to search the Internet and link with various web sites for information and resources.
  • An ability to download information to a printer or disk.

Content Objectives:

  • The content objectives previously listed will be used to evaluate student achievement.
  • The children will be evaluated on such things as their ability to work together, to follow directions, and their research abilities using different media especially information technology.
  • Rough drafts and final drafts of projects as well as oral presentations will be evaluated. This will be accomplished through formal and informal evaluation procedures including teacher observations and anecdotal reports.

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.

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