Project 2 - Exploring Different Cultures

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Dan Rixon
drixon@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Melvin Bown
mbown@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Aubrey Mercer
amercer@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

School: ST. JAMES' JUNIOR HIGH
P.O. BOX 100
Port aux Basques, NF
AOM 1CO
Grade Level: grade 7
Number of Students: 70 - 75 students
Project Start and Finish Dates: May 1, 1999
June 10, 1999
Project's URL:

  Project Overview


The main aim of this project is to explore the different cultures of the world. Students will realize that the world is a global community where people have different lifestyles and yet are linked by common needs.

The project will focus on the needs of people that are common to all cultures and ways of expressing their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. It will ask students to look at lifestyles in various parts of the world and encourage them to find relationships between their way of life and those of others. Finally, the project will show how learning about culture systems and cultural values will help prepare students to work and live in a global community.

Goals

  • To understand what the term "culture" embraces.
  • To realize the importance of material and non-material elements in the definition of a culture.
  • To appreciate how our culture borrows elements from other cultures.
  • To value the need for cooperation and understanding among the different cultures.
  • To gain knowledge of the similarities and differences among different cultures.
  • To appreciate that people have similar needs regardless of different cultural backgrounds.
  •   Curriculum Connections


    Social Studies

    As students do the different instructional activities related to culture, they will acquire skills, attitudes, and develop personal qualities such as knowing, inquiring, reflecting, and valuing.

    Language Arts

    Students will be required to present findings through written and oral form.

    Technology

    The project will help students understand how to use the Internet, and it will heighten/broaden computer literacy skills.

    Technology Education Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate with distant students and teachers on control projects and problems.
  • Use communication technology to research ideas and information.
  • To help students communicate findings and solutions effectively.
  • To help students to attain those skills essential for retrieving information on culture from the Internet.
  • To help students to attain a working knowledge of the Internet and how it may be utilized for research.

  Resource Connections


Information on cultures and cultural groups may be acquired from print and non-print resources. However, in most cases this information is not current or only written from one point of view. Textbooks, even before being printed, are almost always out of date, and after only a few years of being in circulation will certainly be outdated. By having access to the Internet, students will be able to broaden and supplement content in the textbook, see other points of view, and attain current information. The project will be useful in helping students acquire the skills needed in using technology, ie: the Internet, computers, and those skills needed in communication.

  Evaluation


Through the use of the Internet, students will:

  • be required to examine information on other cultures
  • demonstrate that they are capable of establishing links with sites having information on various cultures.
  • demonstrate their literacy skills and their computer skills.
  • summarize information attained about cultures.
  • present their information both orally and in written form.
  • communicate with others using email, newsgroups, bulletin boards and use websites to gather information.

We hope that by doing this project teachers and students will become more aware of the potential of the Internet as a teaching/learning tool.

  Project Summary

Summaries will be added as they become available.

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