Students today had the opportunity to connect, collaborate and share their family’s history with their peers from Mrs. Krefting and Mr. Kolody’s class. They each had presented their findings to one another in our classroom and received both peer and teacher feedback but this afternoon they connected with peers outside of our homeroom for a different perspective.
Each student paired up with one or two other students to present and learn about one another’s ancestors and family origins. Thier discussions were centered around our three guiding questions for Social Studies:
- Why did your ancestors come to Canada?
- Where did they settle?
- Why did they choose to settle there?
Each student-chosen group was provided with a venn diagram document on which they took jot notes of their partner’s family history, their own family history and the differences and similarities between. Students were quickly able to pick out the most important of details and make those connections about their own families.
It was an incredible afternoon of connection and learning and I have never been more proud of LC5B! Here are a few pictures of our learning this afternoon:
Our next step was for students to blog a reflection to share their learning with a focus on:
- What they learned about themselves and their family
- What they would do differently and what surprised them
- What they felt was the most valuable part of the process
If you’d like to read their reflections, they are posted on their blogs at http://www.psdblogs.ca/dariss, however these are a few highlights:
Who Do You Think You Are Reflections