Project 1: "Fostering" Interest In Others

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Learning Outcomes
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teachers:Judy Freake
(jfreake@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Gerri Boyd
(gfboyd@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Janice Humphries
(jhumphri@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School:Lewisporte Integrated Elementary School
Spruce Avenue
P.O. Box 729
Lewisporte, NF
A0G 3A0
(709)535-2115
Grade Level:Grade 4
Number of Students9
Project Start and Finish Dates:March 1997 - June 1997

  Project Overview

Our school sponsors a foster child from Sri Lanka. Because of this, we are interested in learning about countries where foster children come from and the conditions in which they live.

Students will become familiar with the Internet to learn about developing countries. E-mail will be used to contact "Foster Parents Plan" at their address. We will also try and contact other schools who have foster children. We will follow news groups to learn any current affairs about countries we have chosen.

  Curriculum Connections

Social Studies:

The grade four textbook Communities Around Our World introduces the children to different lifestyles in places around the world. This project will extend their knowledge particularly when dealing with developing countries. Examples of some countries include Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Egypt, India, Philippines and Colombia.

Language Arts:

Skills we wish to develop through this project are:

     research skills
     gathering information
     reporting
     reading/interpreting
     online and oral communication
     interviewing/discussing
     group work and co-operative learning

  Learning Outcomes

     Students will become familiar with the Internet.

     Students will learn to read maps to locate countries of the world.

     Students will learn facts about each particular country such as climate, education,
       religion, shelter, clothing, foods, etc., etc.

     Students would compare and contrast information gathered.

     Students will learn to appreciate the contribution that "Foster Parents Plan" plays in
       helping children who are not as fortunate as they are.

  Resource Connections

This project will introduce some grade four students to the Internet. It will allow them to retrieve information through net searches. Previously, there was only one computer in our school with an Internet connection and it was unavailable to students.

  Evaluation

Teacher observation and participation would note how effective the children were in using the technology. Students will fill in reports regarding specifics on each country. They will make bulletin board displays to share with the school.

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