Project 2: Cultural Connections

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections

  General Information

Lead Teachers: Gilda Parsons - Learning Resource Teacher

Joan Dohey - Grade 5 Classroom Teacher

Randy Rodgers - Grade 5 Classroom Teacher

School: Vanier Elementary
75 Ennis Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1A 1Y7
Grade Level: Grade 5
Number of Students: 55-60
Project Start and Finish Dates: April 1997 to June 1997

  Project Overview

Students will gather information about the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Particular emphasis will be placed on folk medicines, language, holiday traditions, entertainment, games and toys. A variety of print and non-print materials will be use d as sources of information. Students will also conduct interviews with grandparents and other older members of the community. The information they find will be used to construct a cultural data base that can be accessed by other students via the Intern et, as well as extended by future grade 5 classes.

It is also our objective to establish links with schools in areas of the province with traditions that are very different from our own. These links will enable students to share information and will provide them with a broader base for gathering infor mation to add to their cultural data base.

  Curriculum Connections

The study of culture is a major component of the Grade 5 Social Studies Program. In the text, The Atlantic Edge : Living in Newfoundland and Labrador, Chapter 3 "Grandparent's Days" and Chapter 9 "Our Way of Living" provide the focal points for this study. The general goals and subject specific objectives are from the Social Studies. Process skills are found throughout the Grade 5 Curriculum and have been identified in our school-based Learning Skills Continuum. Technology learning outcomes were selected from the Key Stage Outcomes (Communication Domain - Elementary Level) identified by the Department of Education.

General Goals
Students will:

  • develop a knowledge of and appreciation for the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • understand that culture is dynamic; it changes through time
  • understand that lifestyles change continually as a result of new knowledge and scientific and technological advances
  • recognize the historical significance of their own locality and especially the importance of older members of the community
  • understand that young people can help to preserve and contribute to the culture of the province
  • understand that the culture of a people is made up of many components
  • understand that there are many regional differences in the province with respect to culture
  • understand that traditions vary depending on the ancestral origins of the people.

Subject Specific Objectives
Students will:

  • develop a knowledge of folk medicines and make comparisons with modern medicines
  • develop a knowledge of how holidays are celebrated and the special kinds of entertainment associated with holidays
  • become familiar with traditional games and toys and compare them with games and toys today
  • explore variations in language in different areas of the province
  • explore the commonalities and differences between life today and life in grandparent's days
  • explore the commonalities and differences between traditions in different areas of the province
  • explore the commonalities and differences between traditions of people with different ancestral origins.

Process Skills
Students will:

  • access information from a variety of sources
  • evaluate, interpret, organize and present the information they find
  • develop questioning strategies
  • organize and conduct interviews
  • draw meaningful conclusions
  • make comparisons
  • work co-operatively to organize information for presentation.

Technology Learning Outcomes (Communication Domain - Elementary Level)
Students will:

  • understand the nature of online communications and its limitations
  • identify real life communication problem situations and opportunities
  • identify ways in which information and communication technologies are used
  • develop a vocabulary of terminology and language related to selected communication technologies
  • use communication technologies to build new knowledge from existing information
  • use communication technologies to communicate with students, teachers and others at a distance
  • use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information and to create, modify and disseminate information.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar Schools Internet connection will enable students to share and exchange information with students at other sites. Our school-wide LAN (Windows NT Server) will allow students to access Internet resources from any of the more than 30 workstat ions throughout the school.

Students will use a variety of print, non-print and human resources to complete this project. Interviews with grandparents, older members of the community and individuals involved in the preservation of Newfoundland culture will provide a great deal of valuable information.


The learning outcomes previously listed will be used as the basis for evaluation. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the degree to which students' attitudes and values have been affected by the project. This will be determined through group disc ussion using higher order questioning techniques to encourage reflective thinking. Teacher observation, check lists of skills, anecdotal records and work samples will be used to assess individual progress.

Participation in this project will give students a greater understanding of and appreciation for the cultural diversity that exists within our province.

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