Project 1: Project Groundhog

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Betty Power
(bepower@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)
School: St. Kevin's Elementary
Box 700
Goulds, NF
A1S 1G7
Grade Level: Grade Three
Number of Students: 90
Project Start and Finish Dates: February 1 - February 28, 1998

  Project Overview

This will be the second year for the "Groundhog Project" in our school. Last year we worked on the project with only one Gr.3 class and the limitation of internet access on only one computer.

This year, we plan to involve all three classes (total of 90 students). Our goal is to make this an on-going event with all students having access, thus the benefit of reading data on screen rather than on paper. The project will allow our students to communicate with students in areas of the province and the country. The students will be able to compare data, gather and share information and analyze results. All areas of the Curriculum will be incorporated into this project.

  Curriculum Connections

Language Arts:

  • Writing short stories and poems to post on the "net"
  • Researching and recording information on groundhogs

Science:

  • Making predictions based on data received
  • Analyzing weather patterns
  • Recording temperature using proper measuring device

Social Studies:

  • Learning about other communities across Canada
  • Map reading and labeling
  • Determining "Climate" across Canada

Computer Literacy:

  • Collaborating with other students via e-mail
  • Becoming familiar with the language of communication technology

  Resource Connections

Computers/Internet

A Stellar Schools Internet status would enhance this project because it would provide a hands-on approach to technology use in the classroom. Our school has a total enrolment of 750 students. We have targeted three grade levels to be introduced to Internet access for classroom projects. The direct approach of having each student access information is a more vivid and comprehensive means of learning.

Guest Speakers

Senior citizens from the community will be invited to talk to students about weather predictions and folklore from their past. Students will prepare questions in advance.

A meteorologist or weather forecaster will be contacted via in person or e-mail to interview on his/her role.

  Evaluation

  • students will be able to receive and send e-mail correspondence to linked schools across Canada
  • students will be able to transfer data received to maps and charts
  • students will be able to analyze data and draw conclusions on weather patterns and climate across Canada
  • students will be able to research via the Internet for information
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