Project 2: Christmas Around the World

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Daryl Rideout
(dprideou@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Scott Baggs
(sbaggs@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Upper Gullies Elementary
P.O. Box 70
Upper Gullies, NF
A0A 4C0
Tel: (709) 744-3141
Fax: (709) 744-2283
Grade Level: Four
Number of Students: 48 (estimated)
Project Start and Finish Dates: December 1998 - January 1999

  Project Overview

Students will be searching for and inviting countries around the world to write about their Christmas traditions and/or customs. Responses from other countries will be written by students.

In addition to the Chirstmas traditions, other information will be sought:

  • Climate conditions in their countries, temperature, rainfall and snowfall
  • Location: Longitude and Latitude
  • General information about the countries involved: Language, Currency, Resources, Exports, Imports

This project will allow students to get other international students' ideas and views about where they live.

  Curriculum Connections

  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Math

Learning Outcomes:

Department of Education Learning Outcomes Project Links
1. Differences in countries (diversity) because of climate (location). 1. Would be able to receive information from local sources.
2. Graphing - Temperature, Rainfall, Snowfall. 2. Would be able to receive regional information from local sources.
3. Writing reports - Comparing differences and penpal exchanges. 3. Would be able to share information among students of the same age and background.

Technology Education Learning Outcomes Project Links
1. Collaborate with distant students and teachers on control projects and problems. 1. Compare common and different problems in each community.
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the nature and characteristics of a variety of media communication systems 2. Compare the effectiveness of various forms of communication
3. Develop a vocabulary of terminology and language related to selected communications technologies. 3. To be aware of and use the terminology used in Internet communications
4. To work effectively in several communications media. 4. Use of print, pictures, charts, etc.

<  Resource Connections

The connection would provide for immediate, accurate and up-to-date sharing of information between us and the region being studied.

Various world maps, reference books, CD-ROM technology, and other resources related to the region would supplement the connection.

  Evaluation

Expected Date Outcome or Milestone Date Achieved
November '98 Begin setting up contacts around the world. December '98
December '98 Begin Student links to people and web-sites around the world. January '98
Throughout the year Contact maintained with student penpals and new links searched to supplement the Grade 4 Social Studies curriculum. June '98

Part of the project would involve sharing web pages, students writing to individual students in an e-mail forum, sharing local news, weather, etc. Students will correspond with questions and answers based upon what they have read. Also at the end of each region, evaluation would include a summary of things learned through the connection about each region.

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