This Humanities and Social Sciences unit addresses the topic of celebrations. It covers personal, family and community celebrations; national days; Australia-specific commemorations and religious/cultural celebrations from around the world.
A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify how and why families celebrate.
Revise some of the personal celebrations discussed in the previous lesson. Ask the students:
Why are these events important?
What makes them special?
Explain that each student will have the opportunity to show their family celebration photograph from the Celebrations – Take Home Task and explain this special event to the class. Remind the students how to be engaging speakers and courteous listeners.
Allow each student to share their family celebration photographs with the class. During this process, remember to differentiate according to student need: some students may speak confidently and at length about their celebration, while others may need more structured support through scaffolding questions.
Students may require some breaks during this process, as it could take some time for all students to share and explain their family celebration photographs. Try some Brain Break Activities to give the students a short rest so they can refocus.
Thank the students for sharing their special family celebrations with the class. To summarise the content of the lesson , ask the students:
What types of celebrations were common amongst the families of our classmates?
Did you learn about any celebrations that you had not heard of before?
Which celebration did you most enjoy hearing about and why?
Allow more confident students to speak freely about their family celebration photograph, with minimal teacher questioning.
Support less confident students to speak about their family celebration photograph through scaffolding questions.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities