Project 2: "Bear Care"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Glenda McCann
(gmccann@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Estelle Hynes

Roxanne Wagg
(rwagg@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Tina Jeans
(tjeans@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: St. Stephen's Primary
P.O. Box 5500
Stephenville, NF
Tel: (709) 643-2331
Fax: (709) 643-9335
Grade Level: Primary to Kindergarten
Number of Students: 107 (23 French Immersion)
Project Start and Finish Dates: March to May, 1998

  Project Overview

Kindergarten students will share information about bears with individual classes. This will be done through "Toy Bear" visits home. French students will read about their bear visit to English classes.

Students will learn bear facts through internet access. Students will learn the names of bears that exist in areas in the world, for example, bears of Australia. Kindergarten students will participate in Bear activities that are created by the teacher for teaching printing skills, letter recognition, reading readiness, factual items, color words, number recognition, etc.

Students will visit a local park to talk about Bears. Local community persons will be contacted regarding, bringing in taxidermy bear, library visits to find information on bears, internet information on bears at Canadian wide library.

  Curriculum Connections

Curriculum areas addressed by project:

Science:

  • Weather related - Seasons changes in areas that our school in Stephenville has access to, for example, Australia has no winter, but do they have spring? What do the "Koalas", for example, do all year with no winter?
  • There are Bears in other countries that do not have seasonal changes as we do. Do they Hibernate? Do they have the same kind of "fur" coat?
  • Mapping and Globes skills - where are the countries that are being contacted with the Internet.

Math:

  • Bear Booklets will be done up to teach numbers from 0-5, 6-10, 10-20. Students will learn counting skills, rate, sequencing and quantities up to 20.
  • Patterning can be taught - measurements, for example, How tall is this bear? How short is this bear?
  • French students will learn 0-20 in French.

Health:

  • What are healthy foods that the bear eats? What do bears eat? Do the bears in, for example, Mexico eat meat, fish, rotten foods, etc.

Language Arts:

  • Bear vocabulary - Learn to print words such as: Bear, in, eat, food, fur, Koala, koala, black, brown.
  • Print Sentences - (I see a black bear.) (I see a brown bear.)
  • French students will learn color words in French and the word bear in French.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will go on line to locate countries in the world that have specific bears.
  • Students will e-mail libraries across Canada to gather information regarding Bear Facts.
  • Students will e-mail penpals internationally to exchange information in bears.

Provincial Learning Outcomes

The above outcomes will help develop students math skills, reading, readiness skills, printing skills, science skills, mapping skills.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar School Internet Connection is important to our project. The kindergarten students will learn about bears native to other countries in the world. Students or classes may become penpals with kindergarten classes in other countries.

  • Students will learn about seasons in other areas of the world.
  • Students will access global maps for geography and social study lessons.

  Evaluation

The levels of achievement will be monitored by the teacher through printing booklets, math booklets, oral reading reports to individual classes, to the same class and among each other. A report can be done by the class and e-mailed to other penpal schools.

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