Project 2: Ecosystems and People

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Technology Education
Resource Connections

  General Information

Lead Teachers:Paul Green
School:Balbo Elementary School
P.O. Box 280
Shoal Harbour, Newfoundland
A0C 2L0
Telephone: 709-466-7552
Fax: 709-466-7592
Grade Level:Grade 8
Project Start and Finish Dates:March 3, 1997 - March 24, 1997

  Project Overview

In this project students will investigate the environmental consequences (both intended and unintended) of human interventions. They will do this on a global scale by using the Internet to "track down" environmental problems. The media often only covers the "big scoop" and students will try to discover other, less publicized areas of environmental damage (there are more environmental problems than destruction of the rainforest).

Each student will be asked to locate 5 environmental problems by primarily using the Internet. They will then write a report of their findings, based on the following criteria: causes, solutions, effects of progress, location and type of pollutant/environmental hazard. Also, students will be required to present their findings to the rest of the class.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas:

  1. Science
  2. Language Arts
  3. Social Studies
  4. Health
  5. Public Speaking

School Curriculum /Instructional Philosophy will be addressed by:

  1. Integrating several subject areas within one theme
  2. Designing student centred instruction -- students play an active role in the learning process
  3. Considering individual learning abilities and styles when planning a unit of work
  4. Attempting to integrate technology in the instructional process
  5. Ensuring that a unit is grounded in provincial ILOs

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

Students will be able to:

  1. Locate 5 environmental problems caused by man
  2. Identify strategies the country is using in order to ratify the problem
  3. Locate 5 areas of the world where these problems exist
  4. Research environmental problems on the Internet by downloading information
  5. Write a report based on the information they receive from all sources
  6. Identify the causes and effects of these environmental problems
  7. Create possible solutions for these environmental concerns
  8. Present information to the entire class

ILOs in Relation to Provincial ILOs:

All units planned must correspond to the ILOs outlined in the Department of Education Curriculum Guides.

  ILO's of Technology Education

The ILOs of this project have direct links to those dealing with technology education. For example, students will conduct research via the computer and use a word processor to complete this project. More specifically, students will be able to:

  1. Use a word processor to:
       create a new document
       save the document on a storage disk
       edit document (e.g., spell check, format, font, etc...)
       send a print job to the network printer
       import graphics, charts and text art into the document
  2. Search for information by using such software as: Compton's, Grolier, Encarta, World Atlas, Super Tom and Eloquent Librarian.
  3. Access the Internet to obtain information by:
       Conducting net searches
       Downloading and/or printing files

  Resource Connections

Benefits of Stellar School Internet Connection:

Balbo is committed to using technology to enhance student's learning. The school's policy is that information should not be stagnant and that students should search for alternative/creative ways to obtain current information. For example, by browsing the world wide web the environmental concerns identified in this unit will be "up to date" and consequently will provide students with a better insight into the present situation throughout the world.

Other Resources:

  1. CD Rom - Compton's, Encarta, Encyclopedia of Science.
  2. Films/Videos - "Pollution: World at Risk" (1989 - National Geographic), "Herbicide Trials" (1984 - National Film Board of Canada).
  3. Magazines - Time, Macleans, Science World.


ILOs in Checklist Form:

Students will be able to:

  1. List 5 examples of environmental damage caused by man.
  2. List 5 countries/areas of the world where this "damage" occurs.
  3. List strategies the country is using in order to ratify the damage.
  4. Write a report on their research.
  5. List all causes and effects of these environmental problems.
  6. List possible solutions to the problems.
  7. Orally present all information to the class.

Evaluation Procedure:

  1. Write a report (7-10 pages)
  2. Oral class presentation (10-15 minutes)

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