Project 3: Connecting To Australia

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  General Information

Lead Teacher:Eldon Baker
Grade Level:Grade 8
Number of Students:59
Project Start and Finish Dates:Jan'97-June'97

  Project Overview

One of the goals of the grade eight social studies program is to expose students to the many cultures of the world. In order to fully appreciate the world in which they live they need to know the various factors that affect people's lives. These factors include where they live, how they meet their needs, and what beliefs and values they hold. It is these features that will be focused upon.

Students will realize that the world is a global community in that transportation and communication have brought us closer and closer together. Furthermore, the more students learn about cultures, the more they will come to understand just how people around the world depend upon each other. The interdependence of the world's people suggests that it would be a good idea if people from different cultures worked together cooperatively to solve world problems and to promote the welfare of all humankind. It is this that will be the focus of our project with another school in Shepparton, Australia.


  1. Students will be exposed to co-operative learning.
  2. Students will be exposed to peer teaching.
  3. Students will learn communication skills.
  4. Students will learn conflict-management skills.
  5. Students will learn about other cultures of the world.

  Resource Connections

  1. Internet connection. Provided by Cable Atlantic and STEM-NET.
  2. Internet server to place WWW pages on. This can be provided on the school's server or STEM-NET.
  3. Computer system cable of running WWW software. This will be provided by Clarenville Middle School.
  4. Social studies text and other related materials.


     Students will be linked with a peer group to collaborate their findings.
     Development of good presentation and communication skills.
     Graphing skills.
     Researching techniques.

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