Project 1: A Research of the Waterford River Source, Route & Termination

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections

  General Information

Lead Teachers: June Foley
Mary Grace
Dorothy Moore
School: St. Matthew's Elementary
115 Cowan Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1E 4W4
Grade Level: Grade IV
Number of Students: 95
Project Start and Finish Dates: April to June 1997

  Project Overview

Students from the Grade 4 classes will research and report on information about the source, route taken and termination of the Waterford River. They will compile this information so as to make themselves aware of all of the above. This then can be shared with students in our own province. It may encourage participation by other schools.

In order to do this, students will be required to contact both St. John's and Mount Pearl City Councils and they will have prepared for both councils a survey or set of questions concerning this river. (E-Mail is to be used to communicate with these councils, if possible.)

The results of these surveys will be presented in the form of maps.

Another main objective of this project is to help the Grade Four students to search the web so they can locate other information on the Waterford River.


Project Rivers is a project that has already been started on Stem-Net. St. Matthews Elementary wishes to be part of this project.

The project will allow the grade 4 students of St. Matthews to study the Waterford River. The students will be responsible for the collection of data to determine:

  1. the origin of the river
  2. the areas through which it flows
  3. its point of termination into the ocean
  4. the route it follows to this termination

This data will be a map(s) of the river. The students will follow the map(s) and highlight the flow areas and any other relevant information these resources will provide.

The limitation will be the number of maps and the relative information that can be obtained through various resources.


  1. Students will research to find the source of the Waterford River.
  2. Students will then compile a survey to find information about the rivers source and its path to the ocean.
  3. Students will then E-Mail St. John's and Mt. Pearl councils to gain information about the river.
  4. Students will collect the data available and identify specific areas through which the river flows.
  5. Students will present findings of research on the internet.
  6. Students will do a Net Search to identify and find out about this and/or other river projects done in Newfoundland.

Suggested Survey:

  1. How did the river get its name?
  2. What is the rivers history?
  3. Is the river polluted and if so how badly is it polluted?
  4. Where does the river begin and where does it end?
  5. How wide is the river at its widest part?
  6. How long is the river?
  7. What route does the river follow?
  8. How deep is the river?
  9. Has the river ever flooded? If so what is done about this?
  10. Can you fish in this river?

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Math

Relation of project to overall curriculum:

The grade 4 Social Studies program 'Communities Around Our World' begins with a study of the child's own community. This study provides a basis of comparison for the study of other world communities.

Water and how water affects peoples lives is one of the areas of study in each community.

Specific emphasis is placed on the importance of rivers in the daily lives of people. By becoming involved in the first hand study of a river in their own immediate environment, the study of rivers in other world communities should become more relevant to students.

Innovations in Science the grade four Science program, includes several units related to the River Theme. These units include such topics as; the water cycle, conservation and purification of water, and ways which people have devised to span rivers in the past and in the present.

Language Arts: Many Language Arts objectives will be incorporated into this project. These include:

  • basic research skills
  • letter writing
  • compiling questions to collect information
  • writing a report using the information collected

Learning Outcomes

  • students will compose questions to enable them to collect information on a river in their community
  • students will learn the format for letter writing
  • students will learn to use E-Mail to mail letters to city councils in their community.
  • students will learn to do a web search to learn about other rivers in their community
  • students will use a map of their community to track the origin and termination of a river
  • students will learn how to create a section of their school's home page


The learning outcomes previously listed will provide the basis of our evaluation, along with teacher observation. Each student will compile a file which will contain the different aspects of this project. This file will provide an important component of individual evaluation.

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