Project 1: St. Pat's Dancers: A History

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Jennifer Scurlock
(jscurlocs@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Delores Withers
(dwithers@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Sharon Martin
(samartin@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Bruce Mandeville
(bmandevi@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: St. Patrick's Hall School
Box 2368, Stn. "C"
St. John's, NF
A1C 6E8
Tel: (709) 754-0083
Fax: (709) 754-9488
Grade Level: Grade 5 Social Studies and the St. Pat's Dancers.
Number of Students: Approx. 85
Project Start and Finish Dates: March 1998 to June 2000

  Project Overview

St. Pat's Dancers is unique to our school and provinces culture. Many of our students from all grades, boys and girls, are actively involved in St. Pat's Dancers. Last year, our dancers were invited to dance in Ottawa promoting the Celtic aspect of Newfoundland's culture! In order to fully preserve and promote this tradition, we would like to use the to internet to study the history of Celtic tap dance and how it came to Newfoundland. We will create a database of communities in Newfoundland that practice Celtic dances such as jigs. This activity ties into the grade five Social Studies curriculum, primary Physical Education, Resource Based Teaching, the extra-curricular activities of St. Pat's Dancers, and the preservation of our school and community culture.

  Curriculum Connections

  • Social Studies
  • Primary Physical Education
  • Learning Resources and Technology Education
  • School Culture

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this project, students will be able to...

(Grade five Social Studies)
  • Describe the origins of Celtic dance in Ireland and Newfoundland
  • Illustrate how Celtic tap dance is part of Newfoundland's artistic culture
  • Define the origins of various steps
  • Distinguish and demonstrate some types of music usually associated with Celtic dance
  • List the communities in Newfoundland that still practice Celtic dance
(Primary Physical Education)
  • Demonstrate several taps and jigs
  • Describe the origins of the same taps and jigs
(Learning Resources and Technology Education)
  • Demonstrate the use of a digital cameras and editing software
  • Apply the use of Midi software, Digital Video Software, World Wide Web
  • and the Internet
  • Apply several quantitative and qualitative research techniques through spreadsheet, database and wordprocessing programs
  • Critically analyze the effectiveness of the internet as a source of information.
  • Utilize a variety of resources in addition to the internet.
(School Culture)
  • Demonstrate how to design a homepage (The St. Pat's Dancers information will be the theme of our homepage)
  • Take greater pride in their school and it's contribution to Newfoundland's Culture.

  Evaluation

Current principles and practices of program evaluation will be applied to this project. In addition to formative and summative curriculum evaluation of the learners, the outcomes will be assessed.

By the end of this project students will be able to:

  • Using an atlas, indicate where Celtic dance comes from
  • Using a map, pinpoint communities in Newfoundland that practice aspects of Celtic dance
  • Exhibit three traditional dance steps
  • Distinguish typical tap dance music from other types of folk music
  • Play three cords on an accordion, banjo or fiddle
  • Demonstrate the use of Midi-software
  • Show how to use the World Wide Web as a research tool
  • Send a receive E-Mail
  • Define critical thinking and critical analysis
  • List the process of designing a Homepage
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