Project 1: Project Groundhog
Bishop's Falls Elementary will be involved in a project that involves the children in a vast telecommunications endeavor. It promotes technology through a meaningful approach and makes a means whereby curriculum is received through inquiry rather than solely with direct instruction. The name of this project is entitled, Project Groundhog.
Project Groundhog is aimed at covering most curriculum areas. Its main focus covers objectives in Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.Even through the project is organized in such a way that participants must follow set requirements, it is also designed for the creative participants as well. Project Groundhog requires the students to explore the nature of Groundhog Day. They gather predictions, while they explore whether or not the Groundhog is a good weather indicator. Weather analyst look at the Groundhog myth to predict the remainder of winter in various parts of our country. Children learn about this and determine for themselves the reliability of this ancient indicator.
For a period of six weeks, participants will monitor and record daily temperature and the sky conditions for each day. They learn the process of data collection and organization, basic statistical analysis, graphing, and the interpretation of it. All weather patterns are recorded and it is of special interest if weather conditions warrant school closure. All of this information is recorded and shared on a weekly basis with other participating schools. We will share temperatures and conditions on a regular basis via electronic mail. Not only have we decided to share weather, but also other curriculum related information that interest the children.
This project is providing opportunity for the children to:
The project is organized in such a way that children are directly involved with correspondence as they collect data and report on it. This procedure will be ongoing for a duration of six weeks. Every day the students are in school, they record the temperature with their outdoor thermometer and the weather condition of the day. This data is recorded and reported at the end of each week. The class is responsible to create their own groundhog and give their imaginary friend a name. Adding a personal identity to this project through their imaginary groundhog will motivate the children to pursue other activities associated with this idea. activities through Language Arts, Science and Social Studies have emerged through the first week of the project. Motivation level is very high. Even though this project is designated for a six weeks duration, our intention is to have the children continue their correspondence online with schools currently involved with this project. Our purpose in doing this is mainly for regional comparison since each part of our world continues to go through climate changes throughout the year. Our class will be responsible to share their findings through telecommunications and keep a personal log of their climate compared to that of others around our world.