Relationship between environments and people; Stage1 students will learn about the uses of places in their local area
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Your neighbourhood around the world

Your neighbourhood around the world | Relationship between environments and people; Stage1 students will learn about the uses of places in their local area | Scoop.it

In this little series, we take a little tour of other people's neighbourhood and town through their camera. What does a local playground look like in Saudi Arabia or how about a school in Brazil?

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This is an exciting and very very interesting blog site for Stage 1 students. I would use this website to teach my students about the many different neighbourhoods around the world.

 

This site has a list of people who have added pictures of their local area and given short descriptions of the area they live in all over the world. From Europe, to South America, to South East Asia and even Africa.

 

Through this site, Stage 1 students would learn more about these places all around the world:

1. a playground / play area

2. a local mode of transport

3. a typical house/building

4. a street nearby

5. a school, nursery or other education facility

6. a market, supermarket or other shopping outlet

 

It's an excellent series of links that helps Stage 1 students see how similar or different the local environment in each country compares to that of their local area here in Australia.

 

An activity I would do as part of teaching Outcome ENS 1.5 and 1.6 would be to participate in this little activity as a class. We could do a mini excursion around the school area to get these 6 photos and then write a short description of each and post it up as a blog entry and send in our link.

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Map creator online to make a map with multiple locations and regions

Map creator online to make a map with multiple locations and regions | Relationship between environments and people; Stage1 students will learn about the uses of places in their local area | Scoop.it
Create a map from location list, crowd source, spreadsheets, etc. Publish, share your interactive maps. Highlight radius and other regions. Get map images.
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This is a great resource integrating the use of ICT in the curriculum. The use of Zeemaps is very straightforward and easy (there’s even a short youtube tutorial clip). It makes use of Google Maps, which will accurately map out the suburb or neighbourhood. The teacher only has to indicate the starting point (depending on which neighbourhood the school is located in). It is easy to navigate.

 

A great lesson plan for Outcome ENS1.5 and 1.6 of the HSIE syllabus is for the teacher to create a map as it is an excellent way for students to gather information about the natural and built environment around them. It not only teaches the kids map reading skills, it also gives them an idea of what maps look like and a “bird’s eye view” of their surrounding local area.

 

Markers can be added, and each one can be of a different colour. It is also possible to add information, images or even a YouTube video to each marker. The map can be published by sharing it on a website. This interactive map creation resource gives young learners control of the process, supporting creative and critical thinking, which are foundations for an inquiry based learning. By surveying their local area and mapping it on Zeemaps, “[students] are constructing knowledge about the location, role and effects” of their surroundings and are actively involved in the process of inquiry (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p.46).

 

References:

Gilbert, R. and Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment (4th ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning.

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This Is My Neighborhood | Scholastic.com

This Is My Neighborhood | Scholastic.com | Relationship between environments and people; Stage1 students will learn about the uses of places in their local area | Scoop.it
Presents a lesson that helps students get to know their way around the school's neighborhood by identifying features with the four senses.
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This is a great resource for teachers. It is a lesson plan for a field trip for pupils to explore and become more aware of the places in the local environment (in Strathfield). This lesson plan even comes with a parent consent form as well as a recording sheet for students to fill out. It is pretty much a scaffold and direction for students to hone in when they are on this mini field-trip around the school’s neighbourhood. Students would then work together in groups of 3 or 4 to create a map of what they have explored and found.  

 

This activity involves the creation of a map with a key to identify facilities such as parks, streets and buildings and encourages students to pen down what they see, hear, and smell on the tour.  This will give students the opportunity to draw and label aspects of the local area (Board of Studies, 2006, p.52). The task of creating a map also allows students to show their understanding through direct involvement by experiencing the benefits of the local facilities and how their individual needs and wants can be met with the various amenities the local area provides.

 

 I would also come up with an extension activity based on this lesson plan. Students can interview owners or employees of neighbourhood businesses. This in effect will help students become skilled in “listening, speaking and writing as [they] engage in inquiry” (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p.161).

 

This activity doesn’t only meet the subject matter dot point of learning about the uses of places in their local area (Outcome: ENS1.5 and 1.6), the students are making use of language as a means for relating to others. (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2001, p.161).    

 

References:

Board of Studies. (2007). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney, Australia: Author.

Gilbert, R. and Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment (4th ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning.

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My Place by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins.

My Place by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins. | Relationship between environments and people; Stage1 students will learn about the uses of places in their local area | Scoop.it

"My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a 'time machine' which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life. The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. 'My Place' ultimately aims to show 'that everyone is part of History' and that 'every place has a story as old as the earth'."

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My Place is written by Nadia Wheatley and is an award-winning book that has been a favourite book in many Australian schools. It is a story that traces the history of one small part of Australia and the people who have lived there, from 1788 to 1988. It has now become a TV show that includes present day scenes as well.

 

I think it’s a great book to read to the children as it not only touches on HSIE strands like environment, culture, change and continuity but also across other KLAs such as English, Math, Art and even Science & Technology. It also talks about key Australian themes such as Indigenous studies and the history of Australia.  Children experience the cultural diversity and Aboriginal history through reading this book. Attention can be called to the Aboriginal flag that is actually on the first page of the book. Teachers can then discuss the meaning of the flag and what the colours on it represents.

 

Focusing on outcome ENS1.5 and ENS 1.6 and trying to integrate the Aboriginal perspective into the classroom, this book will lend lots of ideas that can weave a lesson together nicely. A lesson idea could be getting students to think about the name of the Aboriginal people whose traditional land our school is on (in the Strathfield suburb).

 

Linking that to the outcome of having students “learn about the uses of places in their local area” (Board of Studies, 2007), I would display a large map of the local area (in this case, Strathfield) on the classroom wall. Together as a class, mark the position of school, and other public places eg: library; town hall; community centres; sports fields; places of worship. Teachers can then look for a map from a long time ago and see how it has developed, and asking students how they thought the Aboriginal people might have lived in the same area. We could also discuss what the facilities that the children have now (eg: library, parks and playgrounds) that was not developed back then. Relating to the local area now and what it would be like in the past, teachers could get students to think about these questions: What games did Aboriginal children play? Where did they get their fresh water from? What did they eat back then? Do you think there was Woolworths or Coles back then?

 

References:

 

Board of Studies. (2007). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney, Australia: Author.

 

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Strathfield Council » Strathfield Council

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Information and news about the happenings in Strathfield.

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This is the Strathfield Council’s website. Depending on which suburb majority of the students come from (or where the school is situated), the local council’s website is a great introductory resource to start a discussion with students regarding facilities and their uses in the local area before taking the students out on a fieldtrip. The Strathfield Council’s website is a wealth of information about the facilities (parks and recreation), businesses, upcoming activities and even Strathfield’s history. It truly encompasses more than one strand of the HSIE syllabus that a teacher can cover. From cultures (language translation resources and community events), to environment (sustainability, businesses and developments in the area), to social systems and structures.

 

A teacher teaching in Strathfield can familiarize themselves with the local area through the council’s website and be kept informed about the latest news and activities happening in and around the school’s local area. Teachers can brainstorm with class a few of the local facilities that they agree as being important and have a chat about their uses. There are several tabs such as “Community”, “Library” , “Residents” etc… The “Residents” tab consists of kids facilities and activities happening in the neighbourhood and several environmental sustainability activities as well.  

 

Having done that, teachers can break students up into groups of 3 or 4 and get them to reflect on ways in which their lives are dependent on the built environment (eg bus stops, supermarket, parks, hospital, or housing) (Board of Studies, 2006, p.52). Teachers can ask students to weigh the consequences or importance of the places in the neighbourhood. 

 

An extension activity could be one in which the students go home and check out their local council’s website with their parents and fill in a short answer question worksheet about a local area they did not know about and how it would be beneficial or useful to them now that they have done a bit more investigation on it. As Gilbert and Hoepper (2011) notes, “it is essential to consider children’s voices in discussions concerning the environment and notions of a sustainable future” (p. 356).

 

References:

Board of Studies. (2007). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney, Australia: Author.

Gilbert, R. and Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment (4th ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning.

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Sesame Street- People and Places in the Neighbourhood

Sesame Street- People and Places in the Neighbourhood | Relationship between environments and people; Stage1 students will learn about the uses of places in their local area | Scoop.it
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This online activity from Sesame Street is great for Stage 1 kids who will learn about not only the people but the places in their neighbourhood. Through songs,videos and games, the kids will learn about places like the dentist, the grocery store,  the bakery, the barber and more. It is a great activity as it is very interactive and creates awareness about the various people (who are and what they do) in their neighbourhood. 

 

In many of the videos, they show a young child visiting these places, thus creating a "rapport" with the students viewing it. This website also allows students in stage one to explore places and amenities and meet the people who work in them. They learn about the roles and responsibilities of the people working in these places (dentist, barber, baker etc...)

 

This is a wonderful activity for students who are auditory learners as it enables them to learn about particular places and people through song. The song is quite repetitive, has a great and catchy tune and can be easily memorized by young children. Visual learners on the other hand will benefit from this online source as it offers various  videos depicting the places, amenities and roles of particular people in their local area.

 

After going through some of the videos, teacher and students can learn to sing the song as a class and discuss a few more places in their local area that the site doesn't mention. The teacher and students can also create their own song lyrics from one of the places that wasn't on the website. Another suggestion is for students to discuss the consequences if their local area does not have certain amenities or facilities that has been discussed.  

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