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Ministry of Education.

Learning task 3

Visual Art Learning Intentions:

We are learning to:

  • create symbols to represent objects.

We will know we can do this when we can:

  • draw simple symbols that represent objects.

Language Learning Intentions:

We are learning to:

  • understand and use topic specific vocabulary.

We will know we can do this when we can:

  • use words such as ‘symbol’ and ‘represent’.
Key Competencies Thinking
Using Language Symbols & Texts
Participating & Contributing
Principles and Values Community
Innovation, Inquiry, and Curiosity

Introduce concepts (symbol, represent) and ask the students to think about what each word means. Get the students to discuss with a buddy the meanings of each word and then ask the students to share their ideas with the whole class. Have a few students look up the definition of each word in the dictionary and record the students’ ideas as well as the dictionary definition on a vocabulary chart (Word 98KB) . New words can be added to this chart during the unit.

Share learning intentions with the students.

Equipment & Resources Needed:

Step 1: Brainstorm

Ask the students to brainstorm all the symbols that they know of or often see.

For example:

  • Skull and crossbones – danger
  • White fern on black background – All Blacks
  • Kiwi/ koru – New Zealand
  • Cross – church or religion
  • Olympic rings – world continents

Step 2: Matching Activity

The teacher explains the matching task and then the students work with a buddy to cut out and match the correct symbol to each picture or word. Have the students share their work with another pair and explain why they chose each symbol.

Step 3: Drawing Activity

The teacher explains the drawing activity and the students work with the same buddy to select a photo/ picture and then discuss and draw symbols to represent it. Remind the students to keep their symbols simple and without too much detail.

For example:

  • Photo of Silver Fern netball player holding netball trophy – symbols: netball, trophy, silver fern etc.
  • Photo of church – symbols: cross, outline of church etc.

Step 4: Share

In pairs, the students share their photo/ picture and symbols with the class and use a speaking frame to explain what symbols they used to represent it.

Speaking frames:

‘An object in the picture is…’
‘The symbol which could represent it is…’

Step 5: Reflections

The students sit in a large circle and reflect and comment on their learning.

‘Today I learned…’

Home Learning:

Write topic vocabulary on whiteboard. Ask the students to discuss the meaning of each word with someone at home (or think about the words themselves). The students then write their own definition of each word. They could also write the word and definition in their home language.

Topic Vocabulary:

  • A symbol is –
  • An object is –
  • A pattern is –
  • An image –
  • A design is –
  • Contemporary is –
  • Traditional is –

Published on: 09 Jan 2018