Grade 1 students will be working with assistance of a
teacher and/or parent. Each morning during the fishing
season (April - May) the children will be required to
check the Internet to find out the weather forecast for
that day. This will be done for their own region, as well
as all other lobster regions of Newfoundland and
In continuing this project, students will also be
given a penpal, who resides in a Newfoundland and
Labrador fishing region. The students and penpal will be
informed of each other's e-mail address.
From the help of the Internet Access, students will
compare lobster activities (within their region) that
they and their penpals are involved in how the weather
conditions affect the lobster fishery.
This project also requires that the students keep
record of the wind conditions, in their area, each day of
the lobster season. Graphing the results of the wind
conditions and the days that fisherpersons can haul their
traps. This will enhance the children's predictions as to
what a good day for fisherpersons will be.
Curriculum areas addressed by project:
- Students will come to know the areas that lobster
live in, and; as well, other places that they may
be found inside the province.
- Children will show that they know that the length
of the lobster fishing seasons vary from region
to region, depending on weather conditions (e.g.
Ice impeding the fishing.)
- Children will show that daily weather conditions
affect the number of lobsters caught in any
region at any time.
- Study of measurement, numerical patterns and
graphing. In this project, the student will
compare the sizes of lobsters caught from one
region to another. The children will know the
average amount of lobster caught, per
fisherperson, in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- The students will learn that it is important to
dress appropriately for the weather.
- This project will provide opportunities for
students to research, skim, read, write, record
and present data. Therefore, improving the
required Grade 1 Language Arts skills and
improving their overall proficiency in Language.
- Students with parental and/or teacher assistance,
will be able to go on-line to find communities in
Newfoundland and Labrador that are involved in
Lobster fishing. They will be able to identify
the areas designated as lobster fishing grounds.
- Students will use both on-line searching and
e-mail communications to determine the different
areas of Newfoundland and Labrador involved in
- Students will learn the climate is different in
different places and how it affects the length of
the lobster season in different regions in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
Provincial Learning Outcomes
The above outcomes are tied closely to the Provincial
Science Curriculum goals is that students will gain an
understanding of how science is a way of learning about
the world around us. They will also realize the
importance of working with a team and sharing their
findings with others.
Intended Learning Outcomes for Technology
- Students will develop a vocabulary of terminology
and language related to selected communications
- Students will be able to examine why they make
particular technological choices.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic
communications principals of encoding/demanding,
- Students will use communications tools for a
variety of purposes.
- Students will use technology to expend the
classroom by creating links to other cultures to
discover differences in climate.
The Stellar School Internet Connection is vital to the
success of our project. The Grade 1 students need access
to the Internet to identify and prepare their local
lobster fishery to other regional lobster fisheries in
other regions of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Internet connection is also important in that the
students in this project will be researching the lobster
fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Lobsters - A Resource Unit for Primary Teachers:
School District 4, Stephenville/Port aux Basques,
- Mr. Dominic Duffy, Port au Port West, NF.
- Mr. Bernard Hynes, Fox Island River, NF, Tel:
- Mr. Jim Young, Kippens, NF, Tel: (709) 643-5095.
- Land and Sea Video.
- Kendall's Fishery, Lourdes, NF, Tel: (709)
- Assorted Information books on lobsters.
- Print and Electric Encyclopedia.
- Department of Fisheries, Resource Persons.
The learning outcomes previously listed will be used
to determine the level of achievement of our students,
along with anecdotal records and checklists, and from
observation by the teachers involved.
Along with the above, evaluation will be completed by:
- Listening to lobster stories.
- Listening to center tapes.
- Interviewing local fisherpersons.
- Reading daily records of wind conditions and
predications as related to the lobster fishery.
- Reading letters from penpals.