Project 1: Christmas Around The World

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Jacqueline Drodge

Wayne Dawe
(wdawe@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Anthony Paddon Elementary
P.O. Box 8
Musgravetown, NF
A0C 1Z0
Tel: (709) 467-2785
Grade Level: Grades 5-6 Enrichment Group
Number of Students: 8
Project Start and Finish Dates: December 1 - December 18, 1997

  Project Overview

Students in the Grade 5/6 Enrichment Group will find out about Christmas and New Year traditions and customs around the world. Using the Internet as a primary resource, students will gather, retrieve and organize information about a particular country, and create a booklet entitled "Christmas Around the World". They will also be expected to build a bulletin board display to illustrate their findings.

  Curriculum Connections

Language Arts:

This project addresses many of the Outcomes in Language Arts:

This project addresses the outcomes in Writing:

  1. To understand and engage in the three broad functions of writing:
    1. write to inform (report)
    2. write to reflect on and organize learning
    3. write to express . . . the ideas, thoughts and experiences of others
  2. Write for a general audience
  3. Independently engage in the stages of a writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing)

This project addresses the outcomes in Reading:

  1. Read with skill and understanding
  2. Read to find and use information

This project addresses the outcomes in Viewing:

  1. Recognize the choice students make for their viewing and the reasons for viewing
    1. Show interest in a broad range of forms of visuals - illustrations, photographs, drawings, etc.
  2. View visual (instructional material) both inside and outside of class
  3. Decode with increasing skill (make sense of visual texts)

This project addresses the outcomes in Representing:

  1. Value visuals as a way to present meaning:
    1. Select and create visuals to present meaning - use visuals to give information
  2. Carry out many tasks in visual representing:
    1. Construct and convey meaning through an increasing variety of visual representations - use diagrams, or pictures

Technology Education

This project promotes the use of an electronic search via the Internet to facilitate the selection of relevant information. Students will use technology available - Corel Word Perfect - to help create, revise, edit and publish texts. Many students in this class have never been exposed to the Internet and it is hoped that students will develop an appreciation for the changing world and the technology that allows one to so easily retrieve needed information.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar Schools Internet connection is vital to the success of our project in order to obtain the needed information, and relevant photographs and illustrations. It will provide information that would not be readily available using traditional means.

  Evaluation

Students will:

  1. Use the writing process in order to create a report about Christmas Around the World.
  2. Build a bulletin board display to illustrate their findings.
  3. Use the Internet in order to access, and select appropriate information for their report.
  4. Use the word processor in order to publish final copy of report.

In General:

Students will:

  1. Become excited and familiar with this new technology (use of the Internet) and the value it has throughout the curriculum areas.

STELLAR Schools footer
home Previous Page