As the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's landfall approaches, students at Matthew Elementary School will set out on their own voyage of discovery. What was John Cabot's "Matthew" really like? How big was it? How does it compare with similar ships of the period, or with modern sea-going ships, or local fishing vessels?
The project is seen as having the potential to provide enrichment in several curriculum areas, from Social Studies to Science and Technology. Measuring, quantifying, classifying, defining operationally and communicating findings through tables, graphs, drawings and written accounts will be integral components of the project and serve to illuminate and reinforce science process skills.
The facility to explore the Internet for information, employ electronic mail, and visit Web sites relevant to the Matthew replica will greatly enhance the quality and quantity of information available to students. For many students, this will serve as their initiation to navigating the "information highway"
STELLAR School Internet Connections. Through the use of STELLAR School Internet Connection students will be able to navigate the "information highway" to Search and Communicate relevant material:
Various texts related to ship design and construction
Students will collect and analyse data on the Matthew and other sailing vessels, make
Students will become familiar with various technical terms related to ship construction and
Students will have an increased awareness of John Cabot's voyage of discovery,
Students will develop basic skills related to the use of the Internet including use of e-mail,