Project 3: Community History

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Barry Pack - Computer Studies Teacher
(bspack@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Theresa White - Language Arts Teacher

School: Catalina Elementary
Catalina, NF
A0C 1J0
Tel: (709) 469-2263/2265
Grade Level: Grade Seven
Number of Students: 8
Project Start and Finish Dates: October 15, 1997 - November 30, 1997

  Project Overview

There are several students in our grade seven that should be receiving some enrichment activities. Teachers attempt to involve them in such activities as much as possible. This project would involve a group of these students. The students in groups of two will be asked to compose a brief history of each of the four towns served by our school; i.e. Catalina, Little Catalina, Melrose, and Port Union. These will be uploaded to our homepage.

  Curriculum Connections

Language Arts

This exercise uses the "Writing Process" as outlined in our objectives for Language Arts; i.e. prewriting, jot notes, first draft, editing and publishing.

Technology Education

According to "A Curriculum Framework for Technology Education", students in the intermediate level will:

  • use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information and to create, modify and disseminate information.

The finished products of this project will be used as a resource for our Grade Five Social Studies Course. They will also be "held up" as examples of good writing projects for students in the grades 4 through 6.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will learn to write publishable articles using the writing stages.
  2. Students and teachers will use communication technologies(computer and the Internet" to communicate with other students and teachers.
  3. As per "A Curriculum Framework of Technology Education", students will:
    • Use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information and to create, modify and disseminate information.

  Resource Connections

The students involved in this project will be at the higher level on the ability scale; to challenge them, they need to engage in projects that have a useful purpose. By placing this project on our homepage, they would be really performing a useful service. Most people do not know much about the history of these towns. The Cabot 500 celebrations have sparked an interest in this area of Canada and the information provided via this project could be useful to prospective tourists. Hence, the STEM~Net Stellar Schools Program is absolutely essential to this project: it’s the only way we can have this information placed on a homepage.

Other resources to be used in the project are:

  • Wordprocessor - including Spellchecker and Grammatik.
  • Scanner
  • Camera.

  Evaluation

  • The students directly involved in the project will learn the proper techniques of reporting and creating publishable writing.
  • Students will become acquainted with the procedure for creating and maintaining a Homepage. They will also come to realize its usefulness.
  • Our general student body will be more informed about their home towns and thus have a better idea of where they are "coming from".

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