This project will involve two classes of Grade 5 students. The Grade 5 Social Studies program includes an extensive look at natural resources found in Newfoundland and Labrador.
There are approximately 45 students in Grade 5. They will work in groups with a teacher who will assist them in learning to use the Internet to locate information. They will also be assisted in setting up a group of students and email addresses so that the students will correspond to other students in communities throughout the province which have natural resources.
This project will begin in November, 1997 and continue throughout the school year.
Outline for project:
Social Studies - The grade five social studies curriculum textbook has two units on Natural Resources of the Sea.
Map Skills - Students will become familiar with the map of Newfoundland and Labrador. This will include bodies of water which are often necessary in mining and refining minerals.
Computer Technology - Email and WWW sites will be used to obtain information necessary to complete this project.
The student performance during this project will be evaluated mainly through teacher observation of the interest each child shows in working on the project. Teachers will take anecdotal records while observing how much work each person contributes toward the project. Teachers will check each goal informally to determine whether or not they have been met.
An important objective of this project is to help students learn to work cooperatively in groups and to show clarity and confidence in the presentation of their work to other groups of students.
Time will be allotted to teach research skills to the students involved in this project. They must learn to read and interpret material from the Internet and how well they learn to do this will be part of the evaluation.