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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Silent Gallery Walk

Yesterday we had a silent gallery walk. During this walk we looked at artifacts that are related to the new Expedition that we are starting this week. It was hard to walk around silently and not share our ideas yet. After having some time to think about what we might be studying, we shared what some of our ideas were. I did not say which ideas were accurate. At this point we wanted to leave them wondering just a bit. This practice (called Mystery Piece) increases the engagement and the "need to know" about our new Expedition. Today we talked more about any thoughts we had overnight and I did share with them that our Expedition is called "We are Family" and that our first case study would be about our own families.  I am not sharing with them what our second case study will be about yet so please don't share if you already know. We have a Mystery Piece for that case study, too.

So, umm, I forgot to take pictures during the Silent Gallery Walk so you will just have to imagine it. Sorry. Below is a picture of some of the "artifacts" that we looked at during our gallery walk.

Pictures of my family and Ms. Wendy's family

More specific details about our Expedition are below. Some of these learning targets will be meet in other areas of study outside of our Expedition.

Enduring Understanding
  • There is diversity and sameness in the world

Essential Question

  • How do people learn to get along in the world when there are so many similarities and differences?
Outcomes: Long Term Learning Targets: critical thinking: knowledge, skill, reasoning, character
  • I can analyze patterns and chronological order of events of the recent past.
  • I can compare and contrast characteristics of multiple sources of cultural differences.
  • I can analyze family and cultural traditions in the United States in the past.
  • I can analyze geographic tools such as maps and globes.
  • I can deconstruct my biases.
  • I can analyze how different groups and communities interact with each other and the environment.

Big Ideas
  • Compare and contrast using a variety of sources to learn about the past
  • Identify and analyze examples of global connections in community, state or region

Guiding Questions
  • What can we learn from studying the past?
  • What is important to understand about the rest of the world?

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 2.5 Clocks and Watches

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