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23 May
2020

Communication L2 Signs, signs, signs

Task Purpose: To identify signs around us and what they communicate. To use visual tools to send a message.

Curriculum Learning Goal: To identify how signs are used to inform and keep us safe in different environments. (Health) To share the ideas, feelings and messages of images and signs. (Visual Arts)

Literacy Learning Goal: Scan texts (written and visual) to locate and evaluate specific information. Recognise the features of signs, and their purposes.

Vocabulary: Reading a Boat: Specialised vocabulary: ​advertising, classify, photographs, safety, signs. Interesting words: ​advice, boats, decisions, CCTV camera, ferry, harbour, intersection, kaimoana, recycle, wharf. Vocabulary: Reading a Boat: Specialised vocabulary: ​advertising, classify, photographs, safety, signs. Interesting words: ​advice, boats, decisions, CCTV camera, ferry, harbour, intersection, kaimoana, recycle, wharf.

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23 May
2020

Communication L2 How we communicate

Task Purpose: To identify different ways we communicate with one another, and the key elements needed for successful communication To understand that when people communicate they can misunderstand each other for a number of reasons. To identify the common message about communication that links the two texts and why that message is important.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Health Goal ​: To learn how to improve relationships with others by listening carefully, checking what the other person/people mean, and by thinking carefully about what we say and how we say it. Social Science Goal: To understand how the ways people communicate is different depending on the time, place, technology available and the people themselves.

Literacy Learning Goal: Find clues in the text and draw on background experience to make inferences about underlying messages in the texts. Listen to others’ ideas and discuss own and others’ ideas to clarify my thinking.

Pen Pals: Topic specific vocabulary:​ pen pals, housie, letters, Somervale, Interesting vocabulary: ​retirement home, quizzes, concerts, mobility scooter, hopscotch, indoor bowls, inkwell, sixpence, dabbing, basketball, netball, confusing, pushbikes, Bridge, movies, dairy industry, shawl. Idioms: ​‘shorts’, ripped off, full of beans, a ripe old age, puts mine to shame The Perfect Presentation: Topic specific vocabulary:​ communication, literal, misunderstanding, play, presentation, public speaking, speeches, eye contact, prop, slide, visual aids Interesting vocabulary: ​ drama, giving advice, helping, humour, teamwork, school, scrum. 1 Idioms:​ My ears are ringing Pen Pals: Topic specific vocabulary:​ pen pals, housie, letters, Somervale, Interesting vocabulary: ​retirement home, quizzes, concerts, mobility scooter, hopscotch, indoor bowls, inkwell, sixpence, dabbing, basketball, netball, confusing, pushbikes, Bridge, movies, dairy industry, shawl. Idioms: ​‘shorts’, ripped off, full of beans, a ripe old age, puts mine to shame The Perfect Presentation: Topic specific vocabulary:​ communication, literal, misunderstanding, play, presentation, public speaking, speeches, eye contact, prop, slide, visual aids Interesting vocabulary: ​ drama, giving advice, helping, humour, teamwork, school, scrum. 1 Idioms:​ My ears are ringing

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23 May
2020

Communication L3 Sign language

Task Purpose: To learn about how deaf people communicate in a hearing world. To investigate the history, influences, future and importance of New Zealand Sign Language.

Curriculum Learning Goal: To recognise how Deaf people communicate and why this is important for their wellbeing. (Health) To recognise the similarities and differences between the Deaf and hearing communities in NZ and how these influence one another. (Social Science)

Literacy Learning Goal: Scan texts (written and visual) to locate and evaluate specific information. Evaluate information from more than one source, to identify key ideas and use these to form an opinion on the topic.

Vocabulary: Listening eyes, Speaking Hands: The story of Deaf Education in New Zealand: Specialised vocabulary: ​cochlear implants, Deaf, deaf education, Gerrit van Asch, hearing aids, New Zealand Sign Language, oralism, sign language, Sumner School for the Deaf, Total Communication (TC), van Asch Deaf Education Centre; Interesting words: ​education, identity, relay, technology; Idioms: ​culturally Deaf. Just Like Everyone Else: 1 Specialised vocabulary: ​New Zealand Sign Language, professional interpreter, signs (as a verb), Interesting words​: abseiling, beat, bill (legal meaning), cartwheels, certificate, cheerleading, communicate, communicating, earplugs, fluent, interpret, kayaking, lyrics, national anthem, nicknames, Parliament, perfume, plait, publish, roster, sleepover somersaults, star jumps. Vocabulary: Listening eyes, Speaking Hands: The story of Deaf Education in New Zealand: Specialised vocabulary: ​cochlear implants, Deaf, deaf education, Gerrit van Asch, hearing aids, New Zealand Sign Language, oralism, sign language, Sumner School for the Deaf, Total Communication (TC), van Asch Deaf Education Centre; Interesting words: ​education, identity, relay, technology; Idioms: ​culturally Deaf. Just Like Everyone Else: 1 Specialised vocabulary: ​New Zealand Sign Language, professional interpreter, signs (as a verb), Interesting words​: abseiling, beat, bill (legal meaning), cartwheels, certificate, cheerleading, communicate, communicating, earplugs, fluent, interpret, kayaking, lyrics, national anthem, nicknames, Parliament, perfume, plait, publish, roster, sleepover somersaults, star jumps.

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23 May
2020

Communication L3 Pictures and Words

Task Purpose: To discover how visual art is an important form of communication. To use visual tools to send a message.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Health Goal To identify how our actions can enhance the wellbeing of others and the community we live in. ​Visual Arts Goal Describe the ideas communicated in different types of visual art.

Literacy Learning Goal: Locate and summarise ideas in the text. Use the text structure of a comic to share a message.

Vocabulary: Painting the Town Specialised vocabulary: ​art gallery, artist, Christchurch, inspiration, painting, primer coat, Renaissance, street art; Interesting words: ​audience, blueprints,​ ​central business district,​ ​creative, demolished, earthquake, explosion, morphs, quirky, scaffolding, temporarily misplaced. Fly Me Up: Specialised vocabulary: ​citizenship, collaboration, culture, diversity, Earthquake Commission, heritage, installations, Nepal, refugees, resettled community, self-expression, social issues, social-practice; Interesting words: ​Auckland, indigenous, meditation, monastery, universal. Superhero Secrets: Specialised vocabulary: ​art forms, artists, cartooning, characters, comic strip, creativity, drawing, frame, graphic layout, heroes, novels, stories, writing process; Interesting words: ​conundrum,​ ​convention, dialogue, exaggerate, iconic, inspiration, intimidating, mesmerised Vocabulary: Painting the Town Specialised vocabulary: ​art gallery, artist, Christchurch, inspiration, painting, primer coat, Renaissance, street art; Interesting words: ​audience, blueprints,​ ​central business district,​ ​creative, demolished, earthquake, explosion, morphs, quirky, scaffolding, temporarily misplaced. Fly Me Up: Specialised vocabulary: ​citizenship, collaboration, culture, diversity, Earthquake Commission, heritage, installations, Nepal, refugees, resettled community, self-expression, social issues, social-practice; Interesting words: ​Auckland, indigenous, meditation, monastery, universal. Superhero Secrets: Specialised vocabulary: ​art forms, artists, cartooning, characters, comic strip, creativity, drawing, frame, graphic layout, heroes, novels, stories, writing process; Interesting words: ​conundrum,​ ​convention, dialogue, exaggerate, iconic, inspiration, intimidating, mesmerised

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23 May
2020

Communication L4 digital communication

Task Purpose: To identify ways people communicate through digital technologies and how these enhance their lives.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Technology Goal To understand how technological development expands human possibilities.

Literacy Learning Goal: To use prior knowledge and the information in the text to interpret abstract ideas. To work out complex, irregular, and/or ambiguous words by using strategies such as inferring the unknown from the known. To generate and answer questions to meet specific learning purposes.

Vocabulary: Podcasting to the World: Specialised vocabulary: ​blog,​ ​download, games console, Internet,​ ​navigation bar, podcast, script, technician; Interesting words: ​audio, publish, reviewed, video. MeMe and Me: Specialised vocabulary: ​cyber, emoticon,​ ​ringtones, smartphones, technology, texting; Interesting words: ​Amish, bullying, fantasy, friendship, horror, metallic, ninja, static, vacuuming. 1 Idioms:​ freaked u out, LOL, screeching, super-tired. Saving the Word, One Swipe at a Time Specialised vocabulary: ​algorithm, cerebral palsy, connectivity, crowdfunding, digital, prototype, motor neuron disease, sensors, social media, software, technologies; Interesting words: ​alternative, ambitious, analysis, disabilities, discreet, electrical impulses, electrical signals,​ ​empower, metallic, navigate, solutions; Idioms: ​money makes the world go round. Vocabulary: Podcasting to the World: Specialised vocabulary: ​blog,​ ​download, games console, Internet,​ ​navigation bar, podcast, script, technician; Interesting words: ​audio, publish, reviewed, video. MeMe and Me: Specialised vocabulary: ​cyber, emoticon,​ ​ringtones, smartphones, technology, texting; Interesting words: ​Amish, bullying, fantasy, friendship, horror, metallic, ninja, static, vacuuming. 1 Idioms:​ freaked u out, LOL, screeching, super-tired. Saving the Word, One Swipe at a Time Specialised vocabulary: ​algorithm, cerebral palsy, connectivity, crowdfunding, digital, prototype, motor neuron disease, sensors, social media, software, technologies; Interesting words: ​alternative, ambitious, analysis, disabilities, discreet, electrical impulses, electrical signals,​ ​empower, metallic, navigate, solutions; Idioms: ​money makes the world go round.

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16 April
2020

Off the Grid L2 Electricity

Task Purpose: To understand what electricity is and how we rely on it in our daily lives. To understand why we need to save electricity and how we can do so.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Explore electricity as an example of everyday physical phenomena. Science

Literacy Learning Goal: Use personal experience and knowledge to make meaning from texts. Use written language features to create meaning and effect for an audience.

Specialised: dam, fuse board, meter box, power company, power outlet, pylons, roadside power box, substation, transformer, transmission lines, turbines. Interest: automatically, barbecue, buzzing, candles, concrete, crackled, cushion, electricity, eruption, fireplace, generate, lighting, neighbours, nibbled, power cut, shadow, volcanic. Specialised: dam, fuse board, meter box, power company, power outlet, pylons, roadside power box, substation, transformer, transmission lines, turbines. Interest: automatically, barbecue, buzzing, candles, concrete, crackled, cushion, electricity, eruption, fireplace, generate, lighting, neighbours, nibbled, power cut, shadow, volcanic.

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