Bringing Back Kites (LS-MT-284)

This cross-curricular learning scenario by Ayrton Curmi links Social Studies to Culture, Mathematics, Language, Art and Physical Education.

Traditions are a fundamental aspect of cultures and they should be preserved from one generation to another. Through this learning scenario, students will learn about several Maltese traditional games and experience a hands-on activity by building a kite.

Implementation

This learning scenario promotes 21st-century skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. This cross-curricular learning scenario draws on these activities:

  • Culture/Social Studies: the students learn about various traditional games.
  • Technology: students use a variety of digital resources. They will be shown several images and videos from the Europeana platform. They will also be shown a Youtube Video related to traditional games. The students will make use of Mentimeter and Author Premium on their Learnpad Workbook Tablet.
  • Mathematics: students will estimate and measure various lengths while building their kite.
  • Language Writing: the students will have the opportunity to write the method used for building their kites. The video and the discussion that follows also cover speaking and listening abilities.
  • Art: building a kite.
  • Physical Education: ABC’s of movement and traditional games.

Building a kite

The students had the opportunity to collaborate together to build their own kite. While building their kites they were encouraged to write some points about the process and take photos with their Learnpad Workbook Tablet.

Each group was given some time to present their kites to their peers. After this activity, each student had to write a set of instructions for the method used to create their kite. They were encouraged to include photos taken during the process.

Students preparing their materials to build their kite.
Students used their twine to form a diamond shape around the dowels while strengthening the dowels.
Students stuck their kite paper around the twine. They could use either masking tape or glue to stick their kite paper.
Students presenting their kite.
An example of a writing, using Author Premium.

Assessment for Learning

During this learning scenario, various assessments for learning strategies were used. A variety of questioning techniques were adopted throughout this learning scenario. After the lesson, each student was given an ‘Exit Ticket’. They had to answer three questions:

  • One thing I learned today
  • One thing I found interesting today
  • One question I still have
example of the exit ticket

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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