Project 3: In the City

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Wanda Cole - Learning Resources Teacher
(wecole@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Terry O’Reilly - Grade 6 Teacher
(taoreill@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Pasadena Elementary (Holy Rosary School)
Pasadena, NF
AOL 1KO
Grade Level: Grade 6
Number of Students: 52
Project Start and Finish Dates: February ‘98 - April ‘98

  Project Overview

By Completing the "In the City" theme, Grade 6 students visit cities all over the world without leaving the school premises. In the process, they develop an appreciation of life in a city and identify how it compares to life in their own community.

While working through a variety of stations, students are exposed to basic information such as the criteria necessary for a community to be considered a city to more complex information dealing with city planning. As they proceed through the stations, cities come alive for them.

Various resources are utilized in the implementation of this project. In addition to sites on the Internet, encyclopedias (print and electronic), almanacs, vertical files, CD ROM programs, nonfiction material, travel brochures, maps and human resources are used.

This project allows students to be active participants in the learning process as they complete activities individually or in small groups.

  Curriculum Connections

This unit can be used to satisfy objectives in the Language Arts, Social Studies, and Art curriculums. It follows the resource-based learning philosophy of the school by encouraging students to be active participants in their own learning. Students acquire knowledge and skills that will ensure they become lifelong learners. Opportunities are provided for students with varied learning styles to obtain success,

Making our students computer literate is another focus of our school curriculum. This unit provides ample opportunity for students to use technology for research and word processing.

  Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this unit, students will:

  • after studying several cities, examine how the population of a city influences its personality.
  • through class discussion, display an appreciation of the city as another way of life different from their own
  • acquire basic skills in maneuvering the Internet
  • locate specified sites on the web
  • use online services as a tool to research major city structures in Canada and around the world
  • download information from an online site
  • select information which is applicable to the assigned task
  • use jot notes to record relevant information
  • demonstrate good oral presentation skills

The learning outcomes allow students, working at their own paces, to acquire higher order learning skills, as well as, knowledge-based skills. These include technological skills which allow students to access, utilize, and evaluate current material available.

  Resource Connections

The Internet connection will provide another tool which can be used by our students to complete projects. It will provide an opportunity for students to employ skills already acquired, as well as, to develop new skills pertinent to online researching.

Many print, nonprint (including electronic), and human resources will be used during the implementation of this project.

  Evaluation

Checklist of Intended Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this unit, students will:

  • after studying several cities, examine how the population of a city influences its personality.
  • through class discussion, display an appreciation of the city as another way of life different from their own
  • acquire basic skills in maneuvering the Internet
  • locate specified sites on the web
  • use online services as a tool to research major city structures in Canada and around the world
  • download information from an online site
  • select information which is applicable to the assigned task
  • use jot notes to record relevant information
  • demonstrate good oral presentation skills

Evaluation of the project will be based on feedback received on the various projects and presentations completed. The unit will result in various posters, travel brochures, and oral presentations. Evaluations will be completed by students and teachers.

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