Explanation of the Project
Students will identify and summarize what the six regions of Alberta
are and compare them to the regions of Alaska. They will examine
the following essential questions:
How is our landscape shaped by its people?
How are we shaped by our land?
How does our changing landscape affect the people who live amongst
What are the stories that our landscapes can tell us?
How is our landscape different than the landscapes of other places
in North America?
How do our people and stories differ from one another?
How has the landscape impacted other areas of North America
differently than our own?
SStudents involved in the project are
grade four students from Ranchlands Elementary in Calgary, Alberta and
grade three students at Denali Elementary in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Students will share geological information about land formation in
their province and state. The students will examine land
formation, specific regions, and research the people, resources,
wildlife, and general description of each region. Students will
have the opportunity to share their work with each other through
traditional and online correspondence as well as examining one
another's work through our website.
Project Full Description
The project will involve three parts:
Examining the physiology of the land: Geology, Regions of
Examining the impact of change on our landscapes: Looking at
communities, Aboriginal people
Comparing Alberta to Alaska: How landscape has impacted the
community of Denali differently than our own.
The students will have the opportunity to investigate and share
information throughout the project via traditional and online
correspondence, in addition to online chats with students and experts.
Duration of Project
The project began in September, 2003. Phases two and three will
continue throughout the school year.
As a result of this project, students will learn to perform searches
and use linked URL’s on the internet.
They will learn to create their own web pages and how to
recognize and summarize important information.
Students will also learn to use email and a chat room in a safe
way. The students will examine
essential questions and look for ways to explore how to answer and
present their findings in creative ways that meet their individual
learning styles, interests and capabilities. Each student will
create their own webpage, and will design and create a
classroom-generated online presentation of their learning using
virtual reality. In this capacity, each student will create
their own object movie. Upon its completion, students will then
share and compare their province with the state of Alaska via
correspondence and classroom chats.