Project 1: "Trees"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Miranda O'Connor

Phyllis Benoit
(pbenoit@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Gremaine LaVallee

School: St. Stephen's Primary
P.O. Box 5500
Stephenville, NF
Tel: (709) 643-2331
Fax: (709) 643-9335
Grade Level: 1 to 3
Number of Students: 72
Project Start and Finish Dates: September, 1997 to June, 1998

  Project Overview

To make the students aware of the importance of trees in our environment through various activities, children will develop a respect for the forest environment and other places where trees grow (e.g. trees on their street). A major focus of this project will be the accessing of information via the Internet. Students will share the responsibility for how and what they learn both individually and in groups.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Health

School Curriculum will be addressed by

  • Integrating several subject areas within one theme.
  • Designing student centered instruction, students will play an active roll in the learning process.
  • Considering individual learning abilities and styles when planning a unit of work.
  • Integrating technology in the instructional process.
  • Ensuring that a unit is developed based upon provincial ILO's.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize some characteristics of living and non-living things.
  • Identify (by a common name) the trees found in the local area.
  • Observe and record characteristics of selected trees.
  • Describe what trees need in order to grow.
  • Observe and describe the environment where trees grow.
  • Identify changes brought about by growth.
  • become familiar with vocabulary and be able to read a variety of material.
  • Write Creatively.
  • Use standard units (cm and m) to measure trees.

ILO's in relation to provincial ILO's

Out of the grade 1 -3 curriculum are determined provincially by the Department of Education and can be obtained using a thematic approach.

ILO's of Technology Education

1. Use a word processor to:

  • Create a new document.
  • Save the document on a storage disk.
  • Edit document.
  • Send a print job to the network printer.
  • Import graphics, charts, and into the document.

2. Access the Internet to obtain information by:

  • Conducting net searches.
  • Downloading and or printing files.

  Resource Connections

Benefits of Stellar School Internet Connection

All students will have the opportunity to access the Internet for current information about trees using such resources as:

  • Abitibi Price.
  • Department of Lands and Forestry.
  • Parks Canada.

Other Resources

  • Supply of Information Books.
  • Videos.
  • CD-ROM Program.
  • TV program, Learning Channel.
  • Community Personnel.

  Evaluation

Students will be able to:

  • Identify parts of a tree.
  • Classify trees as deciduous or coniferous.
  • Name the different types of trees found in the local area.
  • Match various types of leaves to the appropriate tree.
  • Explain the conditions under which a tree grows.
  • Care for a growing tree.
  • Record information on the development of their tree (Adopt a Tree).
  • Explain the importance of trees in our natural environment.
  • Write creative stories.
  • Read books on trees and the environment.
  • Read poetry on trees.
  • Model a forest.
  • Tell what would happen if there were no trees.
  • Think GREEN.

Procedures

  • Checklists.
  • Observation.
  • Personal data files (work samples).
  • Discussions.
  • Field Trips.

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