Project 3: Updated Database Of Newfoundland & Labrador, Locally Made Products

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections

  General Information

Lead Teachers: Theresa Davis
Ann O'Reilly
Cathy Murphy
Colleen Calcutt
School: St. Matthew's Elementary
115 Cowan Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1E 4W4
Grade Level: Grade VI
Number of Students: 93
Project Start and Finish Dates: January to June 1997

  Project Overview

Students from the Grade 6 classes will research and report the various industries in Newfoundland and Labrador. They will compile this information into a database so as to make themselves aware of the many products produced locally. This then can be shared with students in our own provinces and with students in other parts of Canada. It may encourage participation by other schools.

In order to do this, students will be required to contact various businesses (by business letter) and they will have prepared a survey or set of questions concerning their product. (E-Mail to be used to communicate with these businesses, if possible). The results of these surveys will be colated and presented in the form of graphs, maps and charts.

Another main objective of this project is to teach the students to use the web. They will learn to search the web, locating information on five different industries in Canada. (Such as name of product, company, URL etc.).

  Curriculum Connections

Social Studies

"Our country, Canada" uses a conceptual approach to content, based on the belief that concepts or "big ideas" in students terms remain relevant to life and living.

The program covers the six regions of Canada. One of the key concepts dealt with in this program is the economy and how people in each region use their natural and human resources to make a living.

For many of the students in other parts of Canada and even for most of our Newfoundland students, Newfoundland has traditionally been known as a fishing province. In recent years, perhaps due to the state of the fishery, many Newfoundlanders have turned their hands, so to speak and come up with many new products and businesses. We would like the students in our province and other provinces to become aware of the many, varied and high quality products that originate here in our province. We would therefore like our students to research and find out these products and to compile this information into a database that could be shared with all Newfoundlanders and Canada.

Language Arts

The project will develop skills in:

  • research
  • collecting data through the means of surveys
  • composing surveys
  • interpreting data
  • using a variety of reference material
  • writing a summary and analysis
  • present data through tables, graphs or charts


  • tabulate data
  • convert data to % of manufactured products in the province


  1. Students will research and find two businesses that produce a product in the province that is currently being sold.
  2. Students will then compile a survey to obtain information about business.
  3. Students will then write a business letter to the business using Canada Post or electronic mail.
  4. Students will collate the data and present it in the form of graphs, tables or charts.
  5. Students will locate the business on a map of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  6. Students will summarize results of research.
  7. Students will do a Net Search to five sites about industries in Canada. They are then to E-Mail their teacher with the URL's of these sites and a brief note about each site.

Suggested Survey:

  1. What product do you produce?
  2. Where are they located?
  3. Where do you sell this product?
  4. What resources are used in making this product?
  5. Briefly descibe your method of production
  6. How many people work in your business?
  7. How do you get your goods to market?
  8. Would you be willing to have your product and company posted on our Web Site?
  9. Would you be willing to come into our school to demonstrate this?

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