Project 2: Compile Problem-Solving Booklets
For Various Grades

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Frank Martin - Grade 7 Teacher
(fmartin@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Maria Murphy - Grade 7 Teacher
(memurphy@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Davis Elementary
Carbonear, NF
A1Y 1B7
Tel: (709) 596-5012
Fax: (709) 596-5013
Grade Level: 7
Number of Students: 41
Project Start and Finish Dates: March - April, 1998

  Project Overview

Grade 7 students will research problem solving strategies using curriculum resources, print materials and the Internet. From their research, they will write a booklet outlining problem solving strategies for primary and elementary students. As well, they will include 50-100 problems for students to solve.

  Curriculum Connections

Language Arts
- reading
- composing/writing
- evaluating materials
- oral presentations

Mathematics
- problem solving (both routine and non-routine problems)

Technology
- keyboarding
- using a computer network
- using the Internet
- word processing to produce a written document

Resource-based learning
- researching problem solving skills

Co-operative learning
- working successfully in groups to produce a document

General
- meeting deadlines
- taking ownership of a project from beginning to completion

  Goals

Students will use their knowledge to research problems and problem solving strategies. This will be done in a co-operative learning setting. Students will also use their knowledge of Language Arts to produce a problem solving booklet. After the booklet is written, they will have their work used by students in various classes.

Specifically, the goals are:

- work co-operatively
- research problem solving strategies
- use computers to produce a problem solving booklet
- use the writing process to produce a written product
- conduct research using print and non-print resources
- evaluate curriculum resources
- use the Internet to conduct research
- work to meet a deadline
- test a product with an actual group of students
- develop good oral communication skills
- evaluate a post-teaching product
- develop interpersonal skills

  Evaluation

- observations as the project develops
- written product
- efficient use of time
- co-operative learning

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