Project 1: A Research of the Waterford River Source, Route & Termination
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:
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.
Main Curriculum Areas:
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:
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.