Project 4: Sound Connections
The study of sound is a major focus of the Grade 3 Science Program. In this project, students will explore different kinds of sounds with particular emphasis on the sounds made by musical instruments. Traditional Newfoundland instruments and the inst ruments of other cultures will be included in the study. Students will use a variety of print, non-print and human resources to find information about musical instruments and their sounds. Local musicians and students who play musical instruments will b e used as resources. Information about musical instruments and the sounds they make will be posted on the school's home page. It is also our objective to establish links with schools in other parts of the world for the purpose of exploring their traditi onal musical instruments and the sounds they make.
The general goals and subject specific learning outcomes for this project are taken from the Grade 3 Science Program. Process skills are found throughout the Grade 3 Curriculum and have been identified in our school-based Learning Skills Continuum. T echnology learning outcomes were selected from the Key Stage Outcomes (Communication Domain - Primary Level) identified by the Department of Education.
Subject Specific Learning Outcomes
Technology Learning Outcomes (Communication Domain - Primary Level)
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 the Internet from any of the more than 30 workstations throughout the school.
Students will use a variety of print, non-print and human resources to complete this project. They will use books to read about different kinds of musical instruments and their origins. Internet resources, multi-media resources on CD-ROM, recordings in other formats and musicians who can demonstrate the sounds made by particular instruments will all play an important role in this project.
The learning outcomes previously listed will provide the basis for evaluation. Teacher observation, check lists of skills, anecdotal records and work samples will be used to evaluate students' progress. The musical instruments that students design will be a valuable indicator of their understanding of the concepts explored throughout this project.
The ability to communicate with students and teachers at distant sites will help students gain an appreciation for the diversity of musical traditions.