Discover some different ways that people celebrate achievements. This clip takes you to two big celebrations: a street...
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Throughout an individual’s life certain achievements are recognised through celebrations. This resource displays common types of achievements people celebrate frequently, such as graduations, academic milestones and sporting competitions, and the ways that people celebrate them. This video can be utilised by teachers to effectively introduce the idea to Early Stage 1 students that special events also involve certain achievements that people celebrate on an everyday basis, in comparison to larger scale religious or cultural events that occur once a year.
Lesson idea/activities: Prior to playing the video to the class, the teacher could prepare a mindmap, whereby students brainstorm their ideas about common characteristics, features or customs of celebrations e.g. dancing, music, food etc. Throughout the video, students see if they can identify any of these. Afterwards the class discuss what characteristics of celebrations from the brainstorm were evident in the video such as parades, cheering, decorations, clothing, flag ceremonies, crowds etc. This prompts students to recognise how people celebrate achievements through common customs repeatedly used when celebrating and also what type of atmosphere is created at celebrations through how people act and what they say. Students can then share their own experiences of particular achievements they have celebrated in the past and compare the similarities and differences of what and how they celebrated it with other peers and referring back to the video/ brainstorm. Students describe why they believe it was important to celebrate these achievements and discuss other events families participate in. Students respond to their learning by drawing a picture of a past experience where they have celebrated a special achievement that was important to them, writing a sentence or phrases describing what event was celebrated, who they celebrated with, where and how they celebrated the achievement and how they felt at the celebration and these can then be shared with the class and displayed.
These lesson ideas would aim to build their understanding of the concept of “specials events they celebrate” by identifying special milestones they celebrate on a daily basis and directly allows them to explore the outcome from the HSIE K-6 Syllabus “CUES1- communicates some common characteristics that all people share, as well as some of the differences” (BOS, 2006, p. 42) when celebrating personal achievements. This resource is valuable as it allows students to visualise the special events and achievements that people can celebrate and they can compare with their own experiences to identify similarities and differences between the ways people celebrate these. Teachers could use this resource as a basis for the lesson to stimulate discussion by building upon student’s prior knowledge about the concept of celebrations and ways we recognise these special events and can link this learning through literacy means where their understandings and experiences are consolidated in a drawing and written description.
Board of Studies NSW. (2006). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney Board of Studies NSW.