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Journal 8 – Angles and Artefacts

Angles and artefacts – 11th of September

The students already had prior learning experiences with angles. They were able to use such terminology as blunt, sharp and right angles. The brainstorming part of the activity was a little slow to start and the students needed prompting. Many of the angles they referred to were in the classroom and I tried directing them to angles outside the school environment and more into their local environment. They seemed to focus on man-made objects rather than naturally occurring. Then I introduced some Aboriginal artefacts. The spears seemed to interest the students the most. They were able to identify the sharp angles used. The purposes of these angles were discussed. When the students were given time to classify different artefacts into angle groups some students found the activity a little difficult, but working in their groups proved valuable in such a case as they could bounce ideas off each other as well as members of our Aboriginal community.

I felt the students learnt a lot about Aboriginal artefacts and especially their traditional uses. The Mathematics that also came from this was extremely worthwhile. It gave learning about angles some meaning and purpose in our lives. It was not this abstract Mathematical language that could not be used outside the textbook. This is probably why I have enjoyed teaching this unit so far, because its focus has been on things the students can see and touch as well as being extremely beneficial to my Aboriginal students learning about their culture. Many of my students could relate very well to this style of teaching. It wasn't textbook learning but rather hands-on group work, where success is achieved on many levels. This caters for the varying student abilities in my class. This in my mind is most important, for all students to experience success!

Angles and artefacts activity from unit – Activity #2

children explain about the snake

Whole group: Brainstorm: Where there are angles in our environment? Focus on Aboriginal artefacts. Make sure there is a selection of artefacts in the classroom for children to observe. Organise for some Aboriginal parents to come and talk to the students about the different types of artefacts.

Use questions to prompt students.
Question 1: Can you see any angles in these artefacts?
Question 2: Do the angles serve a purpose?
Question 3: Why do spears have sharp angles?

Group: Students then classify the artefacts into different groups depending on the angles. Recording on paper.

Whole Group: Each group reports back why they have grouped the artefacts the way they have.

Individual: Students then record the experience in their journals.

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