Project 1: "Project Spiders"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Valerie Pink

Betty Keeping

Gussie Lawrence

School: St. Michael's Elementary
P.O Box 130
Rose Blanche, NF.
Tel: (709) 956-2300
Fax: (709) 956-2309
Grade Level: Kindergarten to Six
Number of Students: 27
Project Start and Finish Dates: May 1 to May 31, 1998

  Project Overview

Project Spiders was designed to introduce students to the possibilities of using the Internet through a meaningful curriculum base inquiry, related to gathering data and organizing it into purposeful activities. For one month we will take 27 students and browse the net for information on spiders. Students can study, read, write, research, illustrate, collect and create spiders.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas

This project allows teachers to cover objectives in:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Math
  4. Language Arts
  5. Art

School Curriculum Plans

This project fits with three of our School's Improvement Goals for 1997 - 98:

  • To increase the integration of computers into all curriculum areas.
  • To improve Language skills by emphasizing it throughout all curriculum areas.
  • To motivate students to create a "well rounded" learning environment.

*Project Spider does indeed contribute to the attainment of these goals.

Provincial Curriculum Objectives:

  • Students will observe, collect, record and share scientific data on the characteristics of spiders. This project allows for the introduction of basic statistical analysis, graphing and charting of data. For example, the different kinds of food spiders like, favorite spiders, poisonous/non-poisonous, kinds students have seen or not seen.
  • Students will be encouraged in the use of the Internet technology in education.
  • Students will develop map skills in relation to where different kinds of spiders are found. As students locate the specific information from various locations around the world, they will cover this objective.
  • This project will contribute to the development of reading and writing skills as students read and write descriptions, poetry, and do basic research on spiders.

Technology Education Objectives:

  • To identify, and use information and communication tools in daily use at home and in schools.
  • Use communication techniques to build more knowledge from gathered or existing information.
  • Use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information and to create, modify and learn new information.

*These intended learning outcomes are addressed by Project Spiders.

  Resource Connections

How will Stellar Schools Internet Connection Help?

It is a valuable research tool. We'll have six computers which students can use to browse the Internet for information various kinds of spiders.

Other Resources:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Math, Science, and Language arts


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to read and chart spider information on bar graphs, pictographs and line graphs.
  • Students will be able to collect and analyze data on spiders.


Students will have their first experience with the Internet. They will be highly motivated by the technology to obtain many of their Science, Math, Social Studies and Language objectives.

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