My Preps as part of our inquiry into personal history visited the Immigration Museum in Melbourne. The Immigration Museum has excellent programs designed for all age groups. The children learnt about Cook who travelled to Australia in a boat from Vietnam. They learnt about refugees and the hardships they faced. Understanding what a refugee is seems a big concept for 5 and 6 year old children; however, I’m always surprised by the level of understanding they have.
The children love Student Led Interactive Writing and for this activity I selected Partner Interactive Writing. Working in pairs the children could be heard rehearsing their text, using tool cards (alphabet and THRASS cards) to support spelling, manipulating spacers when required to ensure spaces between words, re-reading – correcting and discussing what they had learnt.
One of our school staff has applied to become an Australian citizen. The staff member spoke to the children about what she has had to do to become a citizen. The children were able to explain the difference between applying to be a citizen in Australia and being a refugee. The children completed our inquiry last week.
One response to “Partner Interactive Writing – We all have personal histories. Our excursion to the Immigration Museum Melbourne…”
Love your blog! I am studying teaching in Sydney as a graduate, mature-age student and am really enjoying reading about your ideas and the work you do with your students. I loved this unit of work and thought immediately of Anh Do’s book “The Littlest Refugee”. Do you think a book like this would work well with this unit?