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Activity 3: What makes you say that?

Students are taken on a walk through the school buildings and around the school grounds. Working in groups of four, the students take photos of things that show evidence of the past. Students are told they will need to explain back in class how each photo tells us something about the past. Prior to the walk the teacher may wish to use some examples such as those in Signs of the past around a school (PDF, 481 KB) or the images on this page to help students think about the type of evidence they might look for.

A foundation stone set in a building wall records the date on which it was laid by the Premier of Tasmania and his Minister for Education A school foundation stone.
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Back in the class the students print out their photos (4 per A4 page) and cut out the individual images they have taken. These are shared out between the students in the group. They glue both the photos and their drawings from Activity 1 into the first column of the worksheet What makes you say that? - worksheet (PDF, 106 KB). Students write a sentence in the second column that records what the sign of the past is in the image. Students then have to explain in the third column what it is that makes them say that. What makes you say that? - sample (PDF, 127 KB) has been provided.

A large old tree has a modern wooden bench seat built around its trunk A tree that was growing before the seat was built around it.
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Students explore a map of the school and playground as a whole class. Using another small copy of each image taken on the walk, students are asked to locate the position of the photo and these are added on a display around the border of the map with a piece of string being used to join the image with its position on the map. This provides an introduction to a later mapping exercise in Activity 6.

Assessment opportunities

The contributions to 'What makes you say that?' provide the teacher with information on the knowledge and misunderstandings of individual students about signs of the past and their capacity to justify their suggestions with evidence. At this stage, having a reasoned explanation rather than a necessarily correct explanation is what is important. The students' spatial awareness can be assessed through the mapping activity but this is primarily designed as a lead-up to the later mapping activity.

 

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