Project 2: Shipwrecks on Canada’s Coasts

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Phil Beaupertuis
School: St. Kevin's Elementary
Box 700
Goulds, NF
A1S 1G7
Grade Level: Grade 5
Number of Students: 90
Project Start and Finish Dates: March - June, 1998

  Project Overview

The parents and grandparents of Newfoundland children have, in some way, already experienced the effects of shipwrecks on their lives. We are a maritime people and therefore must live in the shadow of marine disasters. This project will give the children an opportunity to better understand our geography and its effects on our lives.

Students will research the many marine disasters that have occurred on the Atlantic coast, specifically around the province of Newfoundland. Emphasis will be given to the frequency of disasters in areas around our coastline. Time will also be spent researching the causes of such disasters.

Students will use the Internet to connect with a school on the Pacific coast of Canada who will be willing to engage in similar research about the west coast of our country. The students will then exchange their findings.


  1. To create an opportunity for students to learn about shipwrecks off the coast of Newfoundland.
  2. To link students with another school on Canada’s west coast to exchange knowledge of similar disasters on the Pacific coast.
  3. To create a better understanding of Canada and its geography.
  4. To create an opportunity for students to interact on line.

  Curriculum Connections

Social Studies:

  1. Gathering information on marine disasters.
  2. Organizing information to plot frequency on a map.
  3. To show areas of historical risk.
  4. Map reading and labeling.
  5. Map indexing and interpretation.
  6. To interact with students from a different part of the country.


  1. Gathering data.
  2. Examining weather patterns and climate to see its influence on disasters.
  3. Analyzing data to make predictions on causes of marine disasters.

Language Arts:

  1. Reading historical information in order to choose pertinent facts.
  2. Researching and recording information on shipwrecks.

Computer Literacy:

  1. To expose students with limited experience to the on line process.
  2. To experience ways in which information and communication technologies can be used for practical purposes in school.
  3. To become more familiar with the language and terminology of the computer world.
  4. Use communication technology to collaborate with other students.


  1. Students will successfully gather information on shipwrecks occurring in both the east and west coasts of Canada.
  2. Students organize this information and reflect it on a map.
  3. Students will predict which areas are high risk.
  4. Students will infer the most likely cause of future shipwrecks.
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