Project 2: Aviation

General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Learning Outcomes
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teachers: Angela Murphy: Learning Resources Teacher
anmurphy@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Peter Mahar: Grade Six Classroom Teacher
pgmaher@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Kevin Garnier: Special Needs Teacher
kgarnier@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

School:Sacred Heart Elementary School
Curling Street
Corner Brook, NF
A2H 3K8
Grade Level:Grade 6
Number of StudentsThere are two grade six classes participating in this project. One class has twenty-two students, the other has sixteen students for a total of thirty-eight students.
Project Start and Finish Dates:This project will take approximately four weeks to complete. The start date is scheduled for the middle of March and runs until April.

  Project Overview

This project fulfils the objectives of the Grade Six Language Arts unit on Aviation. One of the intents of this program is to help students increase their power over the language processes of reading, writing, speaking and listening as they use and produce language, providing them with the keys to the knowledge, experience, and pleasure that control of language makes possible.

In the implementation of this project the students will be actively involved in the using a variety of resources (print, non-print and human resources) to gain an understanding of major events in the history of aviation the different methods of flight, in particular space technology and how flight has changed our lives.

The students at Sacred Heart will access the Internet for research purposes including sites such as NASA and Roberta Bondar's web page.

  Curriculum Connections

Sacred Heart Elementary has been actively involved in delivering a curriculum which promotes the philosophy of resource-based learning. This unit for our Grade Six students fits into this type of curriculum initiative. For two years a committee at Sacred Heart worked to develop an Information Learning Skills plan for the K-6 curriculum. The staff has now given their consensus for the implementation of this plan. Many of the skills from this plan will be integrated into this project. Sacred Heart Elementary received a HRD grant last May for twenty-five thousand dollars enabling us to purchase an additional computers. With the addition of those ten computers Sacred Heart's initiative of integrating computers cross the curriculum has been greatly enhanced.

This project involves our Language Arts curriculum and areas of Technology Education.

  Learning Outcomes

Language Arts:

The students will:

  1. Identify major events in the history of aviation.

  2. Know what aviation is.

  3. Discover how and when interest in aviation first started.

  4. Explore how human curiosity has contributed to improved technology.

  5. Investigate different methods of flight.

  6. Investigate space travel and living in space.

  7. Determine how aviation has changed our lives.

These objectives tie into the Provincial Language Arts curriculum goals, some of which include:

  1. Interpret, select and combine information using a variety of strategies, resources and technology.

  2. Select, read and view with understanding, a range of texts whether oral, written or visual.

  3. Use technology in the writing process.

In this project the students will be addressing some of the General Curriculum outcomes for Technology Education. They will be investigating the role of information and communication technology in society.

  Resource Connections

The STELLAR Schools Internet connections in critical to the success of this project. Our students will be going online to access different sites related to this topic. This kind of learning is more meaningful, current and motivational for children.

Many other resources will be used in this project. The children will be accessing print (books and magazines) and non-print resources including electronic searches.

  Evaluation

Process Skills:

  1. Have an understanding of the Internet and Internet services

  2. Ability to log on

  3. Ability to search the Internet and link with various web sites for information and resources

  4. ability to download information to a printer or disk

Content Objectives:

The content objectives previously listed will be used to evaluate student achievement. The children will be evaluated on such things as their ability to work together, to follow directions, and their research abilities using different media especially information technology, their involvement in the writing process. Rough drafts and final drafts of projects as well as oral presentation will be evaluated. This will be accomplished through formal and informal evaluation procedures including teacher observations and anecdotal reports.

We believe that this project will demonstrate to the teachers at this school the exciting possibilities that the Internet has to offer in the area of Curriculum delivery. It will expose students to the wonderful possibilities of information technology. This project will demonstrate to parents, teachers and students that learning can take place outside the four walls of the classroom and two covers of a book.

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