a name="overview"> Project Overview
Students will use the Internet to search for and locate the homepages of business established recently in Newfoundland and Labrador, especially those not involved in our traditional resource industries fishing and forestry. They will gather information about the company, and products or services it provides, where it is located, and how it was established. They will e-mail the company and request certain items of information. They will record all information, and publish a report using a word processing program. The report will then be presented orally and a display will be created to share the information which was collected.
This project relates mainly to the Social Studies program in grade 5, which focuses on our province, Newfoundland and Labrador. It will also enrich the Reading/Writing/Viewing components of the Language Arts program and help reinforce the objectives of the Technology Education program at the Elementary Grades.
This project will provide many opportunities for thinking, observing, listening, investigating, inquiring, talking, reading and writing as the students learn more about our province and come to appreciate our valuable human resources.
This project relates directly to the topics on "Resources: Making a Living," and "Technology and People," as well as to a discussion on how our environment and resources available to us may affect how we are able to make a living. A preliminary discussion of problems in the fishery will develop the idea that our people need to find alternative means of making a living. This project will demonstrate the inventiveness, resourcefulness, initiative, self-sufficiency and optimism of those who are investigating in the future of our provinces, and the possibilities which exist for them.
The students will be actively involved in this project. They will use the resources of the World Wide Web and electronic mail to conduct their research. Each student will be encouraged to contribute to the project. Students will be expected to report their findings, not only in class, but also via e-mail to other schools which may participate in the project. This will require the use of a word processing program to produce the final report.
This project would require the collaborative effort of the other classes, and indeed other schools to work through the project. This project would not be possible without Internet access provided by the STELLAR Schools program, since the information sought may not be available from any other source. Even though the students will focus mainly on the provincial level, they may realize the links that this type of research may have on a national, and indeed global, level.