When I started thinking about what learning experiences I could provide in my unit of work, I never thought to go to Google for some ideas of what other teachers have done. I always seem to forget the simple things. Before I decided to go exploring, I had considered exploring Australian and International celebrations and commemorations by:
- Considering what commemorations/celebrations students know of.
- Exploring the origins of ANZAC Day (since it is so close), National Reconciliation Week, Independence Day (USA) and the Chinese New Year.
- Exploring the symbols and emblems attached to these commemorations/celebrations and the significance they have to different cultures.
- Comparing the commemorations/celebrations to identify how and why they are different to each other.
- Exploring how they might connect to us individually and as a community.
First I went to the Australian Curriculum and looked at the Year 3 Work Sample Portfolios. Similar to my idea, but on a smaller scale the example had used three 1 hour lessons to explore the origins and symbols attached to ANZAC Day and then students created an invitation to their school ANZAC Day Service.
Secondly, I went to Scootle and found a range of different resources and ideas which might come in handy when I write my unit of work.
Considering how close it is to ANZAC Day, I am considering engaging students in my unit of work by linking it the schools ANZAC Day Service and then showing a stimulus like this picture, to engage the students.
I then came across this Unit of Work on Scootle. Even though this unit of plan was meant to be connected to the content descriptors I chose from the Australian Curriculum, I don’t think it had a clear connection at all. What a shame…
I then came across a number of different websites linked to ANZAC Day, although I probably won’t include these in my unit plan, because it is too specific (i.e. it’s not a lesson plan). I will save them to my Diigo account, just in case I ever have to teach these lesson in the future: Sites2See, Gallipoli Boat & Gallipoli the First Day.
Just on a normal Google search I came across this Celebrations and Commemorations Pack, which is an illustrated storybook which has been written to align with the Australian Curriculum, combining Year 3 literacy and History. Although this again is just a resource, it gave me an idea for the summative assessment piece for my unit.
Well I haven’t had too much success just quite yet with inspiration for my unit of work. But I did come across some very useful resources, which I might need to use in the future.