Project 3: Canadian Connections

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teachers: Gilda Parsons - Learning Resource Teacher
gfparson@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Robert Eddy - Grade 6 Classroom Teacher

Pamela O'Brien - Grade 6 Classroom Teacher

School: Vanier Elementary
75 Ennis Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1A 1Y7
Grade Level: Grade 6
Number of Students: 55-60
Project Start and Finish Dates: April 1997 to June 1997

  Project Overview

Grade 6 students will begin with the question "What does it mean to be a Canadian?" They will find information to apply to this question as they study various aspects of the Canadian Social Studies Program. They will use all available print, non-prin t and human resources to find information. The conclusions that are drawn from the interpretation of this information will be posted on the school's home page to be shared with students at distant sites. The conclusions drawn by this year's grade 6 clas ses will also provide a starting point for future classes to explore this same question.

It is also our objective to establish links with schools in different regions of Canada so that our students can exchange ideas about what it means to be Canadian with students who live in other parts of the country.

  Curriculum Connections

The general goals and subject specific learning outcomes for this project are found in the Grade 6 Social Studies Program. Process skills are found throughout the Grade 6 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 and appreciation of our country's vastness, resources and rich diversity of culture
  • a sense of personal identification with Canadians throughout the nation
  • a knowledge of the ways of living of people in different regions of Canada
  • a sense of Canadian History that gives continuity to the Canadian story and recognizes the contributions of all Canadians
  • a respect for the values and beliefs of others
  • a sense of Canada's future potential.

Subject Specific Learning Outcomes
Students will:

  • identify the overall physical characteristics of Canada (size, shape, water features, land forms, climate and weather)
  • understand the importance of Canada's resources and the questions of stewardship involved in the wise use and conservation of those resources
  • identify the different levels of government in Canada
  • understand and appreciate Canada's multi cultural nature
  • become aware of the vast size and relatively small population of Canada
  • recognize the importance of certain symbols that unite Canadians
  • determine the ideals which Canadians hold to be important
  • identify the political divisions of Canada
  • compare the lifestyles of Canadians living in various physical regions.

Process Skills
Students will:

  • access information from a variety of sources
  • evaluate, interpret, organize and present the information they find
  • develop note taking techniques
  • learn to summarize information
  • participate in group decision making
  • compare maps that give different facts about the same region
  • read map symbols
  • use distance scales with understanding
  • use maps to deal with location, distance, climate and population
  • determine cause and effect relationships
  • interpret a sequence of events
  • draw meaningful conclusions
  • learn to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant facts.

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 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 our students to share and exchange information with students at distant sites. Our school-wide LAN (Windows NT Server) will allow students to access Internet resources from any of the more than 30 workstations throughout the school.

Students will use a variety of resources, including Internet resources to find information to apply to their research question. They will also use Internet resources to share their findings.

  Evaluation

The learning outcomes previously listed will be used as a basis for evaluation. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the degree to which students' attitudes and values have been affected by their participation in this project. The conclusions draw n from group discussion and decision making will reflect these attitudes and values. Emphasis will also be placed on the process skills which students employ.

Participation in this project will give students a greater sense of identity as part of the Canadian family. It will help them to realize that although each region of the country is unique, there are basic ideals that are important to all Canadians.

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