Project 1: Notre Dame Bay Communities

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

  General Information

Lead Teachers:Ellis Pope - Learning Resources Teacher
(epope@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Joe Champion - Grade 5 Teacher

Llewellyn Nichol - Grade 5 Teacher

Olive Tetford - Grade 4 Teacher

Sophie Manuel - Grade 4 Teacher

Grade Level:Grades 4 & 5
Number of Students90
Project Start and Finish Dates:March - May 31, 1997

  Project Overview

Students from grades 4 & 5 will create a data file on their individual communities (11) that are associated with our school. This information will then be posted on our school's homepage. Their goal is to have their community profiles on THE WEB to coincide with this summers "Visit of the Matthew"

This data base will allow individuals planning to attend the Cabot Celebrations this summer an e-mail connection to find out and ask questions about the services offered in the area. Students will be responsible to supply information for individual questions. They must also be prepared to supply information to other schools who could possibly want to create a similar data base for their community.

  Curriculum Connections

Social studies

The textbook Communities Around Our World uses a conceptual approach of place, interaction and interdependence in developing a sense of community in the student. Our school serves students from 11 communities. We wish for the students to have a better understanding of how people live, use the resources available to them and how they depend on each other in each of those communities. These concepts can be developed through our project by identifying for each community the concepts of the land, resources, water, weather, shelter, clothing, food, work, transportation, communication and living together.

Language Arts

This project will develop skills in the following areas of the Language Arts Program:

  1. Gathering information
       reading
       interviewing (planning/arranging/conducting)
       resource personnel
  2. Distinguish between relevant/irrelevant information, fact/fiction/opinion
  3. Writing summaries and reports
  4. Online and oral communication

  Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop a basic understanding of their own community to determine reasons for settlement.
  2. Students will develop an understanding of natural resources and give examples from their local areas.
  3. Students will understand that water, shelter, clothing and food are basic needs for all people.
  4. Students will understand that weather is an element of the physical environment that affects how people live in the place.
  5. Students will develop their concept of people's use of the land and the sea to supply food.
  6. Students will utilize interview techniques to understand the difference between producers and service workers.
  7. Through the different techniques of gathering information about their community, students will begin to broaden their concept of culture and of community life.

Intended learning outcomes for Technology Education

  1. Students will use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information.
  2. Student will use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information.
  3. Students will use communications technology as a tool for a variety of purposes.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge at the basic communications principles of encoding/decoding, transmitting/receiving, storing/retrieving.
  5. Identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communications technologies.
  6. Students will develop a vocabulary of terminology and language related to selected communications technologies.
  7. Through the use of technology students will be expected to share responsibility for their own learning.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar Schools Internet Connection is vital to the success of our project in order to make our data base accessible to the people of other provinces and countries.

Also, currently students at our school do not have access to the Internet because we only have one computer with Internet access which is located in the staffroom. Having the Internet access available through the Pentium NT Server would enable our Grade 4 and 5 students to make use of computers throughout the school.

Other resources:

     Assorted information books on local communities
     Print and Electronic Encyclopedias
     Atlases and Maps
     Newfoundland Community sites on THE WEB.

  Evaluation

The learning outcomes previously listed will be used to determine the level of achievement of our students. Students will also be evaluated through the use of anecdotal records and observations by the teachers involved.

Students from individual communities will be responsible to maintain a current record of their findings with emphasis placed on various research skills they employ. Teachers will also monitor students abilities to engage in group decision making.

We believe that this project will demonstrate to our school exciting possibilities for creating new areas of investigation that enrich students current knowledge about their communities, recognizing the factors that make their community unique and help them develop a sense that they are part of the great global community

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