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Running Club Project
This multi-dimensional curriculum project is designed to enforce FSL skills as well as fitness and sportsmanship education. A project-based activity is planned between a French Immersion elementary school and a Francophone elementary school where students will collaborate to plan, organize, and participate in a one km fun run. All activities are designed to promote bilingualism and friendship between the two schools.
Students in Grades 3,4, and 5 at South Bathurst Elementary School presently have a running club and the school has participated in a one km run with Superior Middle School. The project will be expanded to include Cité de l'Amitié running club.
A wide range of outcomes can be targeted through this project including setting personal fitness goals; reviewing Canada's food guide; reading a variety of timing devices; measuring distances, speeds, temperatures; creating graphs and tables; mapping routes and organizing stands and set up; creating persuasive writing pieces such as posters, brochures, logos, slogans; collaborating to accomplish a common goal.
The evaluation methods include journal entries to account for attitude changes and fitness levels amongst the students. A parent survey helps monitor how students are eating and if their fitness has been altered due to this initiative. Students will self evaluate to express their contributions to the project and if their personal goals were achieved. Student samples of work such as brochures, posters will be collected as evidence of learning.
Ms. Stever writes, "... the program and race have already been a great success. Students learned many skills and love to run."
Kezia Stever has been teaching French Immersion at South Bathurst Elementary School in Bathurst New Brunswick for 6 years. This is her second H.H. Stern Award as well as 3 Innovation in Education Awards from the Province of New Brunswick. Her passion for running has led her to developing a running programme in her school for which she has received the award. She has ran two marathons in the past two years and wanted to model to students how setting goals and achieving them can be so wonderful and personally fulfilling. Kezia has just finished a year as Vice Principal of South Bathurst Elementary and is expecting her first child in July.