Project 1: Community History

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): A.C. Guest
(aguest@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

S. Stead

School: Topsail Elementary
P.O. Box 242
Topsail, C.B.S.
St. John's, NF A0A 3Y0
Tel: (709) 834-2968/2103
Grade Level: Grade 6
Number of Students: 40 students
Project Start and Finish Dates: Sept., 1997 - June, 1998

  Project Overview

This project will be incorporated into a "Family/Genealogy" unit of work in the Grade 6 Language Arts Program.

It uses a community resource - using information from a cemetery next door - to investigate the lives of some of our ancestors. In particular, we will note the origins of early settlers and the factors that contributed to deaths and how that impacted on community living many, many years ago.

Examples:

  1. War - HMS Polyanthus
  2. War - Battle of Cambrai, France
  3. War - Beaumont Hamel
  4. Epidemics - homes quarantined
  5. Origins of early settlers

We will use print resources, map reading and the Internet to complete this unit of work.

We will create and/or edit a database of information, noting how we can manipulate data to find answers to our questions.

The project should help teach our students the detective style work needed to uncover the past - either in community history or in our own family history.

  Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Areas Relating to the Project:

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Technology

  Technology Education Learning Outcomes

Department of Education
Learning Outcomes
Project Links Start
Date
Finish
Date
1. ...it is through recorded language and by recording language that we interpret the human experience, past & present 1. The headstone inscriptions and graveyard index provide the recorded language through which we can begin to investigate our own history Term
1
Term
1
2. ...social studies helps students acquire the global concept of community and humanity 2. Investigate the things that affected how our ancestors lived & the things that contributed directly to their deaths & how these affected community living of those days Term
2
Term
2
3. Mathematics helps to develop an understanding of basic statistical techniques such as collecting, organizing & interpreting data 3. Research the graveyard information to collect and organize particular information to help others learn about our early history Term
2
Term
2

 

Technology Education
Learning Outcomes
Project Links Start
Date
Finish
Date
1. Technology Literacy 1. Students will be exposed to & expected to use such items as: modems, Netscape, Internet sites, homepage and search engines Sept. June
2. Technology Impact Identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communication technologies 2. Students will be expected to critically evaluate historical data - looking for credible & accurate information to present the early lives of Topsail residents. Term
2
Term
2
3. Technology Communications 3. Students will use search engines to locate possible research sites, e.g. - Genealogy sites and Smallwood Encyclopedia Term
2
Term
2
4. Technology Communications 4. Students will create a history of our early residents and then make it a link on our school's homepage Term
3
Term
3

  Evaluation

  • formulating appropriate questions
  • compiling and manipulating data through asking questions to the database
  • locating and recording answers
  • updating our school's homepage
  • teacher observations
  • co-operative learning groups
  • student self-evaluations
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