Project 3: "Sea"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Mary Organ
(morgan@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Marlene Hynes
(mmhynes@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Joanne Young
(joayoung@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Irene Hynes
(iehynes@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

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 Labrador.

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 Connections

Curriculum areas addressed by project:

Science:

  • 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.

Health:

  • The students will learn that it is important to dress appropriately for the weather.

Language Arts:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 the fishery.
  • 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 Education

  • Students will develop a vocabulary of terminology and language related to selected communications technologies.
  • Students will be able to examine why they make particular technological choices.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic communications principals of encoding/demanding, transmitting/receiving, storing/receiving.
  • 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.

  Resource Connections

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.

Other Resources

  • Lobsters - A Resource Unit for Primary Teachers: School District 4, Stephenville/Port aux Basques, Stephenville, NF.
  • Mr. Dominic Duffy, Port au Port West, NF.
  • Mr. Bernard Hynes, Fox Island River, NF, Tel: (709) 648-2816.
  • Mr. Jim Young, Kippens, NF, Tel: (709) 643-5095.
  • Land and Sea Video.
  • Kendall's Fishery, Lourdes, NF, Tel: (709) 642-5711.
  • Assorted Information books on lobsters.
  • Print and Electric Encyclopedia.
  • Department of Fisheries, Resource Persons.

  Evaluation

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.
  • Videos.
  • Reading daily records of wind conditions and predications as related to the lobster fishery.
  • Reading letters from penpals.

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