HSIE SSES1 - Learning about Roles in Schools
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HSIE SSES1 - Learning about Roles in Schools
Designed for HSIE in early stage one, specifically the dot point 'Students in ES1 will learn about the role of people who are at school'
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Auslan - Signbank

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By combining dot points you could link CUES1 you could use this site to talk about different roles in schools and showing children the signs for words like ‘library’, ‘office’, ‘canteen’. It is good because it has the videos and you could bring them up and children can practice along with them. Instead of, or in addition to learning sign language you could also learn the words for these roles in another language- perhaps the schools local indigenous language, or a language of another country.

An assessment idea would be to name a person who has a role in the school and get students to sign the location they work e.g. Ms Smith> office; Mr. Smith> library

NOTE I have noticed this website doesn’t work on the Chrome Browser but is supported on Mozilla Firefox.

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Photo Discussion Activities

Photo Discussion Activities | HSIE SSES1 - Learning about Roles in Schools | Scoop.it
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There are multiple ways pictures can be used to assist learning. This resource is an example but would be most effective if you take photos of people in and around your school who have roles that ES1 students would understand. These could include: principal, assistant principal, office/ administration staff, librarian, canteen staff, speciality teachers (sport/drama/art/music), grounds keepers, the SRC, school captains. Along with photos of these individuals you could then have matching photos to areas of the school or roles they are associated with (e.g. if the school captains put the flag up during assembly you could have a picture of a flag).
 

Activity idea 1- conducted as a whole class group using an interactive board where students can move the pictures to match the people with the roles.


Task idea 2- split children into smaller groups and assign them a person or a role and ask them to talk about who it is and what they do then get them to share it back with the class. This task can be altered to cater for different abilities- assigning children easier roles (e.g. canteen) or more difficult roles (e.g. office staff) depending on their ability. 

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Circle Time: "Froggy Goes to School"

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Froggy Goes To School is a book about a young frog on his first day of school. It is a nice way to begin a lesson about roles in a school community as it is a fun, engaging book which introduces 3 people which could be in your school community- a bus driver, the classroom teacher, and the principle. Getting a copy of this book and reading it to the children yourself would be ideal as you can then flip back and forward during discussions to remind children of certain characters. If you cannot find a copy of this book or a similar book (http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/school/tp/startingschool.htm) you can usually find a reading on YouTube of good books that you can play for the children. Once you have read this book you can talk about the different roles in schools that the book showed- and then ask them to think of other roles within their schools. In Designing Learning for diverse classrooms (2005), Dufficy highlights the important role ‘talk’ plays in learning, especially with children from linguistically diverse backgrounds. By grouping children who have low levels of English but high fluency in another language, with another student who is bilingual in English and the same language background, ways of talking about ‘roles in school’ in English can be scaffolded before larger discussions (Dufficy, 2005, p.67).

This book and task could also be linked into a literacy activity, learning the letter ‘f’ through words like ‘froggy’ and ‘flop, flop, flop’ which are used a lot (WES1.11).

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TEDxNYED - Homa Tavangar - 03/05/2011

Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of the widely-acclaimed, Random House release, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, named a "Bes...
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When looking for a way to link “roles of people who are at school” to a global perspective I struggled to find an engaging source that could be used in an ES1 classroom. I looked for books, websites, youtube videos and couldn’t find anything that linked nicely. I ended up stumbling upon this TEDx talk, and after watching it I was inspired by this idea of global friendship. I had several ideas of how I could talk about roles by engaging local communities, listening to stories, having guest speakers…. But I thought linking this talk would be more valuable than just my teaching ideas as each school is different and has different backgrounds, and what would be more useful is the broader idea of creating global citizens. I encourage you to watch this and get inspired also! There are loads of ways to help facilitate this type of learning. I look forward to hearing/ seeing other ideas on scoop it. Find, follow, watch, give, learn, listen.

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ernie_dances_didgeridoo.pdf

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This is a great PDF which looks at integrated learning ideas for the book Ernie Plays the Didgeridoo by Alison Lester. There are many great ideas about how this book could be linked to other subject areas, however I think it could also be used to talk about similarities and differences in school roles for different communities. It could be used in conjunction with Froggy Goes To School to disucss what are different roles in schools- if your school has a dance program then following on from this book you could look at a YouTube video of school children learning traditional Indigenous dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfM-Vu5jTyo). If you have a stronger book focus in your school you could look at dreamtime stories as a sort of ‘oral library’ passed on by elders and watch one available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8ED981D89E95440). Similarly if there is a strong art focus you could look at elders teaching children about artworks and talk about the roles of elders in passing information through art (There are lots of online resources for Erning Plays the Didgeridoo, see: http://wps.pearsoned.com.au/wps/media/objects/6853/7018422/Ernie%20plays%20the%20didgeridoo.pdf).
This topic could also link into CCES1 Aboriginal Dreaming stories as a reflection of the creation of Australia.

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