This project will introduce kindergartens and grade ones to the Internet using the letters of the alphabet, with which the students are familiar. Using a search engine, such as Yahooligans, students will find topics and sites that begin with different letters of the alphabet. Students will bookmark web-sites that they feel would be interesting to other students in kindergarten and grade one.
With the help of some older students, possibly grade 6 or 7, the kindergartens and grade ones will publish a homepage on the World Wide Web, highlighting their favorite sites in alphabetical order, and adding a brief collage of some of their favorite words that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
Other kindergarten and grade one classes world-wide are invited to suggest their favorite alphabetical sites, explaining why they think other children would enjoy visiting these sites. Likewise, the kindergarten and grade one classes at St. Joseph's will be able to share their reasons for choosing their sites. The final published World Wide Web page will be a collaborative effort with the other K and 1 classes who share an interest in this type of research.
This project will relate mainly to the Reading/Writing/Viewing components of the Language Arts program and to the Curriculum Framework for Technology Education.
Language is the major medium through which children learn. At the kindergarten and grade one level, this project will provide many opportunities for thinking, observing, listening, investigating, inquiring, talking, reading and even writing.
Students will avail of the Internet access provided by the STELLAR Schools program to make this project possible. They will use the resources of the World Wide Web to conduct their research. Each student will be encouraged to contribute to the project. Students will be expected to justify the choices that they make, and they will share these ideas with other schools. Finally, the students will design their own ABC web page.
This project would require the collaborative effort of other classes, and indeed other schools to work through the project. Students and other schools that are already used to using the required learning resources for this project would be able to help other classes and schools that may be just starting. As students from different schools share ideas about their favorite alphabetical sites, they will also be exchanging information about themselves, their community, and country. The information that the students at St. Joseph's gather will greatly expand their knowledge and broaden their horizons. The finished product (the ABC homepage) will then be available for any schools that would like to use this additional learning resource.
The following resources will be procured to complete this project:
Older students will: