Project 1: Notre Dame Bay Communities
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.
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.
This project will develop skills in the following areas of the Language Arts Program:
Intended learning outcomes for Technology Education
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.
Print and Electronic Encyclopedias
Atlases and Maps
Newfoundland Community sites on THE WEB.
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