Project 1: Cabot Communication Across the Atlantic
Students from the Grade 5 classes will be twinned with Whitehouse Primary School in Bristol, England. They will be responsible for researching local Cabot 500 activities and reporting this information to their twinned school.
In order to do this, students will be required to research such resources as newspaper articles, jot note important information, and relay this data to their twin school. This information will be communicated through the use of e-mail and letter writing.
Our program covers Newfoundland. Some of the key concepts dealt with are history, culture, and resources. The Cabot 500 is a celebration of the discovery of Newfoundland and its cultural heritage. In communicating with the twinned school, our students will make others aware of the varied aspects of our culture. In doing so, we will become more aware of the common bond we share with the students in England through our connection with John Cabot. By sharing these ongoing activities, we will, in essence, be continuing the making of history that Cabot forged so long ago.
The project will develop skills in -
jot noting important data from their research
writing a friendly letter
Students will learn to -
write a friendly letter
summarize information from newspaper articles
to identify current affairs
restate current affairs
The students will need access to the Internet to obtain and send information via e-mail.
Other Resources -
local news (radio and television)
We will evaluate the students on their acquisition of skills previously listed in the section on Learning Outcomes. The students will keep a file of pertinent information, jot notes and copies of their letter writing. This file will form part of the evaluation. Teacher observation will also be a component of this evaluation. We hope that this project will heighten the awareness of the students of both schools with regard to Cabot's discovery and its impact on Newfoundland and England.