Ensuring that literacy activities occur in all subjects can seem overwhelming but is often easier to implement than we think! As a Student Support Teacher, I spend most of my non-English Language Arts time teaching math and health concepts. Our current Gr. 1 health unit focuses on healthy choices, relationships, and mindsets and I wanted to tie it back into our phonemic awareness learning – identifying initial, final, and medial phonemes in CVC, CVCE, and CCVC words. Today we worked on phoneme identification when completing a healthy eating word search. The word bank had healthy fruit and vegetable words. I would state the word that we were searching for and the kids would tell me what sounds they heard at the beginning and end of the word; some learners would pick out the medial sounds. Then students would point to the word in the word bank that they believed was stated, before working together to search for the word. I was able to differentiate the activity so that those learners working on alphabet sounds could focus more on the individual letter sounds and identification. Using health content to work on literacy skills was both beneficial and fun for the kids.
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There are several outcomes and indicators that would support the teaching of digital citizenship in the Saskatchewan Curriculum. The subject that first comes to mind when I think of digital citizenship is Health Education. This is because a sound health education program, according the Saskatchewan Curriculum, allows “young people [to] acquire the understandings, skills, and confidences needed, for example, to evaluate healthy food policies; to negotiate and make healthy decisions about sexual and reproductive health; to question the norms and trends that influence decision making; to communicate effectively in relationships; and to take action to promote the health of self, family, community, and environment.” I do not think you can talk about sexual health, evaluation of sources, norms and trends, and healthy relationships without discussing media. It is not enough to talk about bullying at school when bullying can also occur online (a very unhealthy relationship).
With that in mind, I took a specific look at the Grade Nine Health Education Curriculum and these were the outcomes that stood out to me:
USC9.9: Develop and demonstrate the personal insight, motivation, and skills necessary to enhance and promote sexual health and avoid health-compromising sexual attitudes and behaviors.
AP9.12: Design, implement, and evaluate an action plan that demonstrate responsible health promotion related to comprehensive approaches to sexual health.
As an English major, I wanted to explore ELA outcomes that lend themselves to digital citizenship. In ELA I would discuss digital citizenship through identity and verifying sources, as this relates to character analysis and essay writing.
CR9.4b: Demonstrate effective, active viewing behaviours including considering what one knows and needs to know about the topic, viewing with a clearly defined purpose in mind, etc.
CR9.1a – View, listen to, read, comprehend, and respond to a variety of texts that address identity (e.g., The Search for Self), social responsibility (e.g., Our Shared Narratives), and efficacy (e.g., Doing the Right Thing).
CC9.2a – Create and present an individual researched inquiry project related to a topic, theme, or issue studied in English language arts.
– get students to brainstorm the pos. and neg. about technology and identities
– introduce idea of false identities and trolls/bullying through Facebook/Twitter examples (fake celebrities). Can also explore photoshop fails and how people fake their own identities (image-crafting). This could be compared to how a character in a novel creates their identity or is treated by others. An article titled: Guest Post | Who Are You Online? Considering Issues of Web Identity on the NY Times learning blogs would be a helpful read. Making Facebook profiles for characters in a book can also be helpful in getting students to understand the character and analyze how we create our identities online.
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– brainstorm what to do when being harassed and students make a survival kit