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you really need to also read the grade 4 story to get the whole picture!
The Halifax Explosion
Information About Us
- School: Crichton
Park School (www.cps.ednet.ns.ca)
District: Halifax Regional School Board
Province/ Territory: Nova
- Teachers: Shelayne
- Classes participating:
- Number of students who worked on this
- Ages of students: 9-10
- Community Members: Ms.
Cavell Hudson, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- We entered our website in GrassRoots
Our Living Past/Our local history and events
- Description of our school:
Crichton Park School is a small elementary school in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. There are approximately
220 students in attendance. There is one
multi-age class for grade four and five students, the grade fours from that
class produced this site.
- Summary of our project:
The Grade Four students have created a website based on the
Halifax Explosion for several reasons. Although the class did some
work on this historical event in our community, building this site allowed
them the opportunity to learn even more about it. Doing the site also
allowed them the chance to work as a team, separate from the grade Five
students in the class, and further develop their technology/web skills
- Awards and Recognitions:
We have received a grant from Grassroots to develop this
- How did the project goals relate to your
The project fully supports the
curriculum outcomes/objectives for the Atlantic Canada Curriculum Guide for
Language Arts and Social Studies. The project fully incorporates technology
in the classroom and supports the technolgy outcomes for elementary grades
and beyond. The project fully supports the Nova Scotia Department of
Education's Public School Programs Principles of Learning as well as address
and meet requirements for all of its Essential Graduation Learnings.
- What information technology tools did you
use to create your website?
The Grade Four students used scanners, digital cameras,
Internet searches, videos, books, Microsoft Word, Paint, Hyperstudio, FrontPage
Express, and Microsoft FrontPage. The site was finally published/uploaded
to the web using Microsoft
FrontPage. Most of these programs and materials have been purchased by
the school to support projects such as this.
- How did you connect with your community?
The Grade Four students visited the Maritime Museum of
the Atlantic in Halifax to begin their unit work. We have had a professional
artist in to help create interpretations of the event, a parent volunteer
who is developing a screenplay on the Halifax Explosion met often with the
group, books from local authors were explored, and classmates from Grade
Five contributed some ideas and suggestions.
- What has been the impact of the project on
students and teachers?
The children in Grade Four welcomed the opportunity to
work independently from their older classmates and with minimal teacher
supervision/assistance. They quickly learned, however, the need for
organization and fair delegation of responsibilities.
Although they truly appreciated the assistance of others, as well as the
support of the museum and volunteers, they truly felt a sense of personal
accomplishment at their own work when the site was finally published.
They certainly gained an appreciation for the work that goes into a major
body of research, as well as learning some new technology skills that they
will be able to apply to their own sites.
- What has been the impact of the project on
Because our site is linked to the school site which receives
thousands of visitors a year, we are anticipating the opportunity to teach a
lot of people about this event. We are also going to register the site
with the children's search engine 'Yahooligans'.
The school will benefit from some of the GrassRoots money we have been
awarded for doing the site, as we will be using some of it for purchasing
software. We are also anticipating connecting in the very near
future with another classroom in our community that has done work on the
Halifax Explosion and linking our two sites together to give a more
'complete' picture of the event from a Halifax and Dartmouth perspective.
As always, our parents, school mates and other teachers were very supportive
and impressed with our efforts.
- What were the challenges in doing this
- finding class time to work on the
- getting everyone to do their fair
keeping up interest after frustrating setbacks, such as lost discs,
computer glitches, etc.
Ideas for others when doing this
- Keep all of your information in
- Make a plan and stick to it
- Do all of your research first,
then design your pages
- Upload pages as they are completed to see what they will look like on
- Write a list of who is doing what
and check things off as they get done
- What are your future website plans?
The page will be updated as the year goes on in terms of
feedback we get from going
through the Communities@ca competition process. Because the
information is essentially static, no new information is expected to be
added after this year. Once the academic year is over the site will
remain as a 'permanent' link on the school's home page
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