Project 2: "Environmental Awareness"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Jeanette Russell
(jerussel@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Clarence W. Mercer
(cwmercer@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Marquerite Mahoney

School: St. Mark's Elementary
P.O. Box 100
Shearstown, Nfld.
A0A 3V0
Tele: (709) 786-2131
Fax: (709) 786-1124
Grade Level: Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7
Number of Students: 98
Project Start and Finish Dates: January to April, 1998.

  Project Overview

This project is designed so that students may enrich their knowledge of the environment. At the end of the project it is hoped that the students will be better citizens of the environment. It is the intent to have the students access the Internet and have students take action , "either to enhance the environment or to communicate together with students in different schools about our environment." Key words for this project are: ( green school, students, action, enhance, communicate, technology and environment.)

Students will:

  • research the need to protect and conserve our environment.
  • obtain valuable knowledge from environmental exploration of various web sites.
  • investigate Newfoundland's and Canada's roles in protecting our environment.
  • share their varied experiences and actions in making St. Mark's an environmentally friendly school.

Students will establish contact with:

  • Internet environmental sites as well as municipal, provincial, and federal departments.
  • conservation groups of all persuasions.

Students will:

  • establish a Web home page on various environmental topics and concerns from their various research project.
  • interact with other students in the schools across the province, Canada and the world via the Internet.

  Curriculum Connections

This project can be incorporated across different curriculums, language arts, social studies, science, etc. Specific projects could involve finding and downloading information on topics to wildlife, conservation, the rain forest, pollution, recycling, over fishing, etc.

Students will:

  • become more responsible environmental citizens.
  • promote their school as a green school.
  • learn research skills in collecting, organizing, presenting, and evaluating data.
  • choose their own eniromental topics to research.
  • prepare and present research papers on the various environmental topics.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar Schools Internet connection will allow longer and quicker access for more of our students to get on-line.

Students will be able to surf the World Wide Web and connect with many other groups who have different and varied view-points on a wide range of environmental concerns.

  Evaluation

We believe that project will be a great educational value to our students. Students will accept computer technology as a user friendly educational tool. The student environmental action project will encourage students to take action, help improve and enhance their knowledge of the environment.

Students will have greatly enhanced communications skills at the end of the project. Most importantly, students will learn how to objectively handle serious environmental problems and become better environmental citizens entering into the new millennium.

Students will be evaluated on anecdotal recording, by teacher observation, and formal and informal testing. Oral or written projects will receive a letter or percentage grade.

Students improved environmental awareness and attitudes will be a major component of the evaluation process.

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