Reflections on First Presentations

This is the area we made, using food as symbols for landmarks! I think this is a create cross-curricular opportunity, because abstract thinking/modelling/symbolism is needed everywhere! It often isn't practical to be literal and have the exact things we are talking about in class, so it is important for students to explore the importance (and potential fun-ness) of symbols and models!

This is the model we made, using food as symbols for landmarks! I think this is a great cross-curricular opportunity, because abstract thinking/modelling/symbolism is needed everywhere! It often isn’t practical to be literal and have the exact things we are talking about, so it is important for students to explore the importance (and potential fun-ness) of symbols and models! We went above and beyond, using coconut shavings to represent snow, using the paper plate to represent water, and using a candy whale to represent our pet whale. As Milissa commented in class, this could lead into a perfect inquiry question for science. For example students may ask: Why don’t we see whales in ponds in Saskatchewan?

I really enjoyed this first round of presentations. I am really glad that Milissa pointed out that learning the different directions wasn’t addressed in terms of relevance to students, and really got us thinking. We may see it as important, but how do we help the students see that? I think it really hit home to me that when we plan each lesson, the first thing in the back of our mind should be – how can students relate this to what they know, and how can they think of this learning as something that will help them in their future, and especially their more present endeavors?

I also in particular liked the activity that involved using pieces of food to build our own miniature landmarks, to understand the concepts of symbols and how a small item/picture can represent an actual place. I would definitely teach an activity like this in my class! (See caption above)

Taylor

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