Project 2: "Project Friends"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Betty Keeping
(ekeeping@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Valerie Pink
(vpink@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Gussie Lawrence
(gulawren@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Nathan Bernard
(nbernard@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Frank Touchings
(ftouchin@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

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: 69
Project Start and Finish Dates: April 1 to April 30, 1998

  Project Overview

Project Friends was designed to introduce primary and elementary students to the possibilities of telecommunication through meaningful curriculum based activities.

In this project, students explore the possibilities for making and keeping friends. For the month of April we are trying to set up penpal relationships with other schools. Through e-mail connections students will communicate between classes and individuals, for example, class letters, and reports.

  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
  6. Religion
  7. Health

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 Friends does indeed contribute to the attainment of these goals.

Provincial Curriculum Objectives

  • Students will be encouraged in the use of telecommunications technology in education.
  • Students will develop map skills, in relation to where friends live.
  • This project will contribute to the development of reading and writing skills, as students write letters, write poetry, personal descriptions and do basic research in the area of friendship.
  • Bar graphs and table constructions that will reflect interest, hobbies, family size, pets, etc.
  • Children will share science information, for example, on plants and animal life, trees, nature walks, etc., of their respective regions.
  • Through the development of a wide range of friendships children will become more aware of the need for recognizing and accepting differences among people and cultures.
  • Children's drawings may be scanned and communicated.

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.
  • Collaborate with distant students and teachers on control project "Friends".

*These intended learning outcomes are addressed by Project Friends.

  Resource Connections

How will Stellar Schools Internet Connection Help?

This project needs Internet time. The project will be more meaningful and informative with the Stellar Schools Internet Connection.

Other Resources:

  • Math, Science, Health, Language Arts, and Religion.
  • Encyclopedias
  • CD ROM

  Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be able to read and chart friend information on bar graphs, pictographs and line graphs.
  • Be able to use computers to write and send information on friends and their communities by electronic mail
  • Be able to collect and analyze data on friends.

Impact

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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