Welcome parents and friends!
This term, our big CBL idea that we have been discovering and exploring is ‘IDENTITY’. Students had a minimal understanding of what they thought identity meant.
Students were tuned into the idea of Identity by making predictions about what was inside this red suitcase.
The contents included: an apron, knitting, hand embroidered shaul, bowl made in China, family photo, naturalisation papers, letter, menu from a large ship, medical examination report of family, prayer card of the Mother of God.
Cooper– “I predict that they are old things because the suitcase looks old.”
Juliet- “I predict that it is your baba’s (grandma) suitcase because she is old.
We then all used our senses to feel, smell and really observe the artefacts up close. We had many questions about what each artefact was used for and why it was in the suitcase.
Some of our wonderings and curiosities included:
- Who is the man in the photo?
- What language is the letter in the envelope written and what does it say?
- Is it your grandma’s suitcase?
Students made connections to the identity of the the artefacts by using their prior knowledge. Jessica- “I think the person was Russian because when you look inside the menu, it says russian eggs.” Mustafa- “It is a head scarfe because my mum wears one.” Kovidh- “The writing in the letter is either Latin or Russian. ” Harper- “This is his family because it says wife, sons and daughters.” Alex- “This is Mary, Jesus’s mother, because I go to church.”
ARTEFACTS ARTEFACTS ARTEFACTS!
We also were given the opportunity to explore another suitcase from the Melbourne Museum, full of artefacts from different people around the world!
Students chose an artefact and documented their thinking by answering the questions who, what, when, why, how?
We then investigated the information cards and artefact pictures to make connections to the real identity of the person and why the artefact was so unique to their lives.
Meet Nickel Mundabi, a Congolese artist who lives in Shapparton with his family. Fleeing his country because of political instability. In his home town, he taught homeless young people skills in woodwork and employed some in his workshop. He won third prize in the New Heartlands Refugee Art Prize in Australia!
Thanks for visiting! Students will be encouraged to choose, write and publish their learning journeys!
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