Nearly half way through my semester! I am attempting to spend more time reflecting on my learning/teaching, so here goes.
As part of the Global Classrooms project – Save Our Rhinos, we have been learning about Rhinos but also thinking about Awareness Campaigns. Last year I had a successful project focussing on basic economics that lead to the students planning and running a stall. This year, I wanted to try an alternative and the concept of raising awareness rather than raising money appealed.
We considered awareness campaigns we had come across in different media and we thought about the audiences they were aimed at. Finally, we considered the kind of persuasive language we might use. A rubric for the topic that I provided in my last lesson actually resulted in them trying a little harder to reach the skilled section.
To plan our campaigns we modified the Problem- Action Steps- Outcomes
model I had found at
The students are now creating their Awareness presentations. I have introduced Movie Maker to the classes as another way we could present our information.
To tie in with this project, I have used Africa as a learning focus with the younger kids. Although my major focus for the Pre Primary class is learning to log on independently and the Year 1’s are learning to save their work correctly on the network, we have been reading picture books such as
The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora
The Hunter by Paul Geraghty
Natemba by Annette Lodge
Why the Giraffe has a long neck – Tinga Tinga tales
Just Right by Nigel Gray and Deborah Brown
And using websites such as
Africa Song for kids – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoYp2_MxkMI
I have also shown the kids WWF Together App using Apple TV in our lab.
The Year 1 class are developing skills in Publisher as they learn to insert Word Art, images and clip art as well as developing their keyboard skills writing about different African animals. Whilst looking at Matt Gomez’s great kinderchat blog I realised that I could develop their language skills a bit more and have now focussed on them writing their sentences instead of inserting the missing word. Next week I will have a bank of words for them to use on display.
Next blog post I will outline my upper primary classes.
The History of Surfing for Year 6
Ancient China – Year 7