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					Inquiry-based Rich Project:
Let the Celebrations Begin

Team: Junior Unit

Term:

Table of Contents

      Unit Overview

      VELS Standards

      Blooms Overview of Core & Matrix
 Activities

      Sequence of core activities

      Rubric Assessment
                   Unit Overview – Let the Celebrations Begin
Inquiry-based Unit of Work:
Families celebrate a variety of events that are special to them. Cultures can influence the way we
celebrate events. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore the customs and
practices associated with various celebrations such as Christmas, birthdays and weddings. They
will focus on what celebrations mean to people, and the similarities and differences in the way
people celebrate. Students will explore the use of food, music, dance, costume and decorations.


Generative Questions:                Extra curricular:         Negotiated Curriculum:

Why does my family celebrate
special occasions?

How does my family’s
celebration of events vary from
other families and cultures?


Deep Understandings & Knowledge / Skills / Behaviours

    1. Students will explore and compare their family celebrations with those of others.
    2. Students will learn about various types of celebrations and the elements that contribute to
       a successful event.
    3. Students will understand that people celebrate in different ways depending on their family
       traditions and culture.
Thinking Tools & Strategies:                  Rich Project:

KWL                                           Students will organise a shared event to celebrate an
Venn Diagram                                  occasion of their choosing. They will be involved in
Discussion                                    decisions regarding preparations and implementation.
T-Chart
Tournament Prioritiser                        Celebrations may include such things as: milestones in
Y-Chart                                       reading progress, a current community event, 100
                                              days at school or the successful completion of a unit of
                                              learning in any area.



Shared Experience (Community Links)

Students will invite their families to join in the celebration at the conclusion of the unit.



Assessment Description:

Student and teacher rubrics of expectation

Anecdotal notes on interactions between students when working in groups.




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                              VELS Overview – Let the Celebrations Begin

 Strand           Domain           Dimension                                 Key elements of standard
                                                     Students:
 Physical,    Interpersonal   Working in teams       … work in teams in assigned roles to stay on task and complete activities
Personal &    Development                            within set time frames.
  Social
 Learning                                            … share resources fairly

                                                     … describe their contribution to the activities of the team.

Discipline-   English         Speaking & Listening   … listen to live or recorded presentations and recall some of the man ideas
  based                                              and information presented.
 learning
                                                     … demonstrate, usually in informal situations, that they are able to speak
                                                     clearly when required.

                                                     … contribute to group activities by making relevant comments and asking
                                                     clarifying questions to facilitate communication.

                                                     … listen to others’ responses and respond appropriately to what has been
                                                     said.




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                                     Bloom’s Overview – Let the Celebrations Begin

Subtopics      Remembering           Understanding           Applying       Analysing             Evaluating       Creating
Introduction   Complete a KWL        Use a T-Chart to list              Choose 2 familiar
               about celebrations.   the celebrations that              celebrations such as
                                     you know about; use                Christmas and
                                     the headings family                birthdays. Use a Venn
                                     celebrations and                   Diagram to look at the
                                     community                          contributing elements
                                     celebrations. Discuss              of a celebration –
                                     and define the term                music, food, dance,
                                     celebration.                       decorations, dress and
                                                                        gifts. In small groups
                                                                        choose 2 different
                                                                        celebrations and
                                                                        repeat the above
                                                                        activity. Share and
                                                                        discuss findings.

Music
                                                                        Listen to the recording                Create a new song for
                                                                        of music from different                a celebration of your
                                                                        celebrations.                          choice. You can use a
                                                                        Recognise the                          familiar tune and
                                                                        different types of                     change the words.
                                                                        music and then
                                                                        identify which music is
                                                                        appropriate for
                                                                        different occasions.
                                                                        Record this on a class
                                                                        matrix which will be
                                                                        added to during the
                                                                        unit.




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Subtopics        Remembering               Understanding       Applying              Analysing      Evaluating                   Creating
Food                                                                                             Bring a recipe for a        Design an advertising
                                                                                                 dish your family would      poster for healthy
                                                                                                 prepare for a               celebration food.
                                                                                                 celebration. Compare
                                                                                                 the variety of dishes in
                                                                                                 terms of preparation
                                                                                                 and presentation. E.g.
                                                                                                 a decorated cake,
                                                                                                 small biscuits, sweet
                                                                                                 or savoury, cultural
                                                                                                 influences. Use a
                                                                                                 tournament prioritiser
                                                                                                 to determine and
                                                                                                 justify the dish that the
                                                                                                 class would select as
                                                                                                 a preference. (The
                                                                                                 winning dish could be
                                                                                                 prepared to share if
                                                                                                 appropriate.)


Ceremonies       Complete a Y-Chart                        Watch a video of
and Traditions   on what your family                       different ceremonies
                 does for Christmas. In                    such as a
                 small groups share                        nationalisation,
                 your experience of                        weddings (include
                 Christmas. Display the                    different cultures),
                 Y-Charts for others to                    birthdays, EQ
                 read in their own time.                   assemblies and school
                                                           awards. Write some
                                                           interview questions to
                                                           ask someone at the
                                                           ceremony to find out
                                                           how they felt about the
                                                           occasion what was
                                                           special about the
                                                           event.



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Subtopics     Remembering               Understanding             Applying       Analysing              Evaluating       Creating
Dance         Participate in learning                                                                                You are organising a
              a selection of dances                                                                                  celebration for a
              that accompany                                                                                         friend. Select
              different celebrations.                                                                                appropriate music and
              e.g. Mexican hat                                                                                       create a dance to
              dance, Hokey Pokey,                                                                                    perform for them.
              chicken dance, Zorba
              the Greek, Hava
              Nagilah, and a conga
              line.


Dress         List the celebrations     Make a paper doll and
              that require special      dress them in an outfit
              dress or costumes.        appropriate for a
                                        particular celebration.


Gifts and                                                                    You have $200 to                        After deciding on the
Decorations                                                                  spend on your family                    reason for your class
                                                                             for Christmas. Look                     celebration, make
                                                                             through the                             decorations that will
                                                                             catalogues and decide                   be displayed in your
                                                                             on appropriate gifts for                classroom. (Ideas can
                                                                             your family. You need                   be found at Zart Art
                                                                             to explain the reasons                  and Enchanted
                                                                             for your choices.                       Learning websites)




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                                 Sequence of Activities – Let the Celebrations Begin
Introductory Activities

  1. Complete a KWL about celebrations.

  2. Use a T-Chart to list the celebrations that you know about; use the headings family celebrations and community celebrations. Discuss
     and define the term celebration.

  3.   Choose 2 familiar celebrations such as Christmas and birthdays. Use a Venn Diagram to look at the contributing elements of a
       celebration – music, food, dance, decorations, dress and gifts. In small groups choose 2 different celebrations and repeat the above
       activity. Share and discuss findings.

  4.   Introduce rich task and explain assessment rubric.

Music

  1. Listen to the recording of music from different celebrations. Recognise the different types of music and then identify which music is
     appropriate for different occasions. Record this on a class matrix which will be added to during the unit.

  2. Create a new song for a celebration of your choice. You can use a familiar tune and change the words.

Food
  1. Bring a recipe for a dish your family would prepare for a celebration. Compare the variety of dishes in terms of preparation and
     presentation. E.g. a decorated cake, small biscuits, sweet or savoury, cultural influences. Use a tournament prioritiser to determine
     and justify the dish that the class would select as a preference. (The winning dish could be prepared to share if appropriate.)

  2. Design an advertising poster for healthy celebration food.

Ceremonies and Traditions

  1. Complete a Y-Chart on what your family does for Christmas. In small groups share your experience of Christmas. Display the Y-
     Charts for others to read in their own time.

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  2. Watch a video of different ceremonies such as a nationalisation, weddings (include different cultures), birthdays, EQ assemblies and
     school awards. Write some interview questions to ask someone at the ceremony to find out how they felt about the occasion what
     was special about the event.

Dance

  1. Participate in learning a selection of dances that accompany different celebrations. e.g. Mexican hat dance, Hokey Pokey, chicken
     dance, Zorba the Greek, Hava Nagilah, and a conga line.

  2. You are organising a celebration for a friend. Select appropriate music and create a dance to perform for them.

Dress

  1. List the celebrations that require special dress or costumes.

  2. Make a paper doll and dress them in an outfit appropriate for a particular celebration.

Gifts and Decorations

  1. You have $200 to spend on your family for Christmas. Look through the catalogues and decide on appropriate gifts for your family.
     You need to explain the reasons for your choices.

  2. After deciding on the reason for your class celebration, make decorations that will be displayed in your classroom. (Ideas can be
     found at Zart Art and Enchanted Learning websites)

Evaluation

  1. Interview a classmate about the celebration. Ask questions about feelings, opinions, changes they would make next time etc. Share
     your information with the class.

  2. Complete the student assessment rubric.



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                        Teacher Assessment Rubric – Let the Celebrations Begin

               Rating                 3                               2                                  1
Cooperative Learning    Almost always listens to,       Usually listens to, shares       Rarely listens to, shares with,
– Group work            shares with, and supports the   with, and supports the efforts   and supports the efforts of
                        efforts of others.              of others.                       others.




Cooperative Learning    Routinely provides useful       Usually provides useful ideas    Rarely provides useful ideas
– Contribution          ideas when participating in     when participating in the        when participating in the group
                        the group and in classroom      group and in classroom           and in classroom discussion.
                        discussion.                     discussion.



Organisation            Uses all appropriate elements Uses some appropriate              Uses no appropriate elements in
                        in organising a celebration.  elements in organising a           organising a celebration.
                                                      celebration.




General Comments                                        Overall Score




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                        Student Assessment Rubric – Let the Celebrations Begin

               Rating
Cooperative Learning    I almost always listen to and   I usually listen to and share    I do not listen to and share with
– Group work            share with others. I make       with others. I do not cause      others. I am not a good team
                        sure my group is working        ‘waves’ in my group.             player.
                        cooperatively.



Cooperative Learning    I always provide useful ideas   I usually provide useful ideas   I do not provide useful ideas to
– Contribution          to my group and class           to my group and class            my group and class discussions.
                        discussions.                    discussions.




Organisation            I know how to use all the       I know how to use some of        I do not know how to use any
                        appropriate elements when       the appropriate elements         appropriate elements when
                        organising a celebration.       when organising a                organising a celebration.
                                                        celebration.




General Comments




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                                              Web Sites – Let the Celebrations Begin
Australia Day                                                      www.anzacday.biz

www.australiaday.gov.au                                            Christmas
www.itsanhonour.gov.au                                             www.algonet.se/~bernadot/christmas/calendar.html

www.australianoftheyear.gov.ai/news.asp                            www.soon.org.uk/christma.htm

www2.lhric.org/pocantico/Australia/about.htm                       www.polishworld.com/Christmas

www.thenationalanthems.com/country/australia.htm                   www.chin.gc.ca/Christmas/

http://cards.123greetings.com/cgi-                                 www.christmas.com/worldview/
bin/newscards/showthumbs.pl?q1=ejan_australia&log=neverdun
                                                                   www.acn.net.au/articles/1998/11xmas.htm
http://webclipart.about.com/library/holi/blaus1.htm
                                                                   www.ozkidz.gil.com.au/Christmas

Anzac Day                                                          www.bluemountain.com/eng3/Christmas/index.html

www.diggerz.org/users/anzacs/                                      www.holidays.net/Christmas/index.htm

www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.htm             www.northpole.com




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