With ISTEP session 1 behind us, we are ready to dive into our new humanities unit: The Changing Faces of a Story. In this unit, we will look at how stories change over time and across cultures. We will examine what cultural factors influence stories to be told in certain ways. Our conceptual lens in this unit is "change," meaning we will be looking at everything through change-colored glasses. Every story, every character, every myth, will tell us something new about change.
We began this unit by dissecting the idea of change. Our goal was to lay out everything we know about change in order to arrive at some generalizations about all change.
We started by making sure that we were all on the same page about what we mean by "change." So we created a class definition. Here's what the students decided on:
"Change is when something or someone moves to a different stage or form."
The next step was to make a huge list of as many things that change as we can possibly think of. The students did this in pairs. After their list was created, they then had to put their items into categories. Here they are in action:
Next, groups were combined and given a task that turned out to be more difficult than it seemed: to make a list of things that never change.
In the end, we combined and consolidated our ideas onto this anchor chart:
Can you think of "non-examples" of change that didn't make it on our list? Share them with your child!
Little people, big minds.