Explore the concept of 'technologies: both past and present' by relating to students' personal experiences with change and continuity, using their toys. Discover children's favourite toys from around the world whilst having a global perspective.
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The compilation of pictures of children around the world with their toys is a great resource to introduce the subject matter of ‘change and continuity' and explore the concept of 'technologies; both past and present’ as teachers can engage students with something they are familiar with - toys. In the classroom students can construct a T-Chart of their favourite toys when they were younger and their current favourite toy - 'My toys: Then and Now'. The later Stage 1 students could also be introduced to do a chronological timeline of their toys from when they were a baby until now. This engages their numeracy skills in knowing how to collect, organise and display data about themselves (DS1.1) (NSW BOS, 2002, p.91).
Students can also write a short description of their toys and reasons why they were their favourtie toys at the time. They can then read to the class their descriptions by bringing their toys and old photographs. This activity will encourage students to activate their literacy skill in reading and writing a description exploring verbs, tenses and adjectives (WS1.9) (NSW BOS, 2007, p.36).
The students' responses will differ on a personal level, however the teacher can assess student's understanding about past and present through different modes of assessments such as oral presentations and speeches of comparing their favourite toys as well as seeing whether students are able to comprehend the process of change and continuity in their own lives through the simple representation in the T-Chart.
Children and Youth in History; http://chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/
Additionally, this is a great resource for teachers to look into the history of children and youth over time, especially challenging the idea of childhood, and how that has changed over time. Teachers can introduce this idea that every child is different all over the world, and just like them, as they get older, they too will find new interests and discoveries.
Board of Studies, NSW. (2007). English K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Board of Studies NSW
Board of Studies, NSW. (2007). Mathematics K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Board of Studies NSW
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