I think you'll love this project as much as my kiddos and I do. This project is perfect for back-to-school and Earth Day celebrations because it asks kids to think about where they belong.
It is comprised of some informational reading about Aboriginal Australians. Students practice summary writing after reading the short article. Then, they complete a See-Think-Wonder visible thinking routine with you while looking at Aboriginal rock art.
Students draft a list of all the places they feel they belong, and then learn how to stretch their ideas in unexpected ways. This writing lesson is a great way to explain what a teacher means when he/she says, "You need to add more details." As poets, they arrange these ideas into a poetry writing framework.
Finally, students create a piece of handprint artwork to display with their poems.
Altogether, that's informational reading, summary writing, word choice, voice, and poetry writing, critical thinking, and a creative art project all rolled into one! This is a FABULOUS way to get to know your students! In addition, there's a resource pinterest board about Aboriginal art that you can have access to for your students.
Here’s what you'll get when you purchased this product:
1. 5 pages Teacher Talk lesson plans.
2. A short two page article about the Aboriginal peoples of Australia for student readers (black and white with minimal color).
3. A summary writing organizer for students (black and white).
4. A See-Think-Wonder graphic organizer for student use (black and white).
5. 8 colored photographs of Aboriginal rock art.
6. 4 process-oriented poetry writing pages for student use (black and white), along with 4 corresponding completed example pages (black, white and red).
7. Two pages of photos showing the art project.
8. One page of a black and white hand print template.
9. One page of student directions for the art project (black and white).