Project 3: Space / Solar System

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Glenn Gillard
Ron Parrott
School: St. George's Elementary School
P.O. Box 670
Long Pond, NF
A1W 1N2
Grade Level: Grade 6
Number of Students: approximately 75
Project Start and Finish Dates: January to mid-February (Annually)

  Project Overview

Students will individually use the Internet to research information on all planets, their moons, asteroids, comets, meteors and other aspects of our solar system. Students will be directed to pre-selected sites on the Internet, as well as be encouraged t o explore other sites using various search engines. Each student will use the information that they have gathered to prepare both written and oral reports an a particular feature of the solar system.

  Curriculum Connections

A. Curriculum Areas Addressed:

  • Language Arts
  • Science, including Technology Education

B. Connection With School Curriculum:

This project will tie in with, and form a large part of the "Space" unit of the Grade Six Science Program.
Space is one of the themes covered in this school's Language Arts program. Students will follow the writing process, as prescribed by the department of Education, to prepare their reports. This process includes:
  • pre-writing discussion,
  • researching information (via the Internet),
  • organizing and selecting information,
  • draft writing,
  • revising,
  • editing,
  • final written and oral presentation of report.

C. Intended Learning Outcomes:

(a)Science.
Students will:
  • understand the scope and breadth of our solar system,
  • develop a basic knowledge of the many objects which make up our solar system,
  • develop an understanding of the relationship between the solar system, galaxy and universe,
  • explore the similarities and differences among planets, and relate these to our planet's environment. (eg. the environmental impact of the "Greenhouse Effect" on Venus, to the potential for similar disaster on Earth.)

(b)Language Arts.
Students will:

  • learn and develop writing, editing and publishing skills,
  • assess, evaluate and organize research information,
  • develop specific communications technology skills,
  • broaden their information base,
  • be exposed to a variety of writing and presentation styles through use of the Internet.

(c)Technology Education Learning Outcomes.
This project supports the Essential Graduation Learning Technological Competence. It is directly related to the Technology Education General Curriculum Outcomes Nature of Technology, Technological Impact, Technological Literacy, Tec hnological Communication.

The project addresses these Key Stage Outcomes:

Nature of Technology

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic communications principles of encoding/decoding, transmitting/receiving, storing/retrieving.

Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and characteristics of a variety of media and communications systems.

Recognize the effect of resource limitations on choice of communications tools.

Technological Impact

Identify ways in which information and communications technologies are used;

Identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communicatons technologies.

Technological Literacy

Develop a vocabulary of terminology and language related to selected communications technologies.

Lifelong Learning

Identify ways in which people, including themselves are affected by technological change;

Explore and identify information and communications tools in daily use at home and in school;

Use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information.

Technological Communication

Use a variety of communications technology and tools;

Use communications tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information, and to create, modify and disseminate information.

  Resource Connections

The Internet has been used in the past to collect information on the topic of "Space". Due to the limitations of having only one connection, and a restriction on the amount of time available per month (10 hours), students have not had any 'hands on' I nternet experience. As well, the quantity of information gathered has been minimal, as compared to the potential.

  Other Resources:

  • Overhead Projection panel
  • Windows NT/Windows 95 LAN with one server and 17 workstations
  • Library print material
  • CD encyclopedias and science programs, and various science-related software.
  Evaluation

The project will be evaluated for the following:

  • student achievement of the project's learning outcomes,
  • the extent to which students use and avail of these new research strategies and tools in collecting information.
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