To start with, Room 13 looked at their own homes. Through discussions in groups and with partners they identified different aspects about their homes including physical features and emotional ties. We added words to our word walls under the headings colour, size, materials, and emotions.
As part of the learning process Room 13 students used the YouTube video ‘How to Draw a House’. They listened to and followed instructions to produce a house shape that would be used as part of a classroom display. They were then asked to draw their family. The resulting figures showed there was a need to develop their skills as a lot of basic stick images were drawn with no necks and skinny limbs. We looked at a YouTube video ‘How to Draw a Family’. After watching the video we discussed how the drawings would look more realistic by adding details including a neck and thicker arms and legs. The resulting family figures were cut out and laminated for the display as well.
The last part of the display was a story about their house. We followed the Murray Gaddplan for writing. First we wrote a fact about our house. Then we wrote a description. Lastly, we wrote an opinion. The children used words from the word walls to add adjectives and nouns to their writing. This writing was shared with the class after publishing and is now part of the classroom display. We also recorded some videos of the children reading their stories here.
The children in Room 13 now have an understanding of the phrases “There is no place like home” and “Home is where the heart is.” The next step is to look at different landmarks within the Taupo area and understand how they connect to Tūwharetoa.
Keywords: home, family, connections,
Attributed to: Room 13 Leanne Jackson
Curriculum Links: Using Language, Symbols, and Text