- What do we already know about a topic?
- How can we use our 5 senses to activate our prior knowledge?
Activate Prior Knowledge: Activate Your 5 Senses
‘The Seashore Book’ written by Charlotte Zolotow, and illustrated by Wendell Minor shares a story about a young boy, who has never seen the sea. The child asks his mother to describe the sea. The author carefully chooses her words to create a poem full of the colours, sounds, and sights of a day at the beach.
First, we looked at the cover, the title and wondered what we already know about the seashore. Then, we used a graphic organiser to help us record our thoughts. The 5 senses chart helped us organise our ideas into groups.
Next, the students referred to their 5 senses task and contributed to create a web of information about the topic.
When we listened to the story, we began to create an image in our mind. We wondered what we could visualise while we read/listened to the story. We thought about our senses and how we connect with the story.
What we we see when we close our eyes?
- connect with what they already know
- express ideas and thinking clearly
- use images and writing to make thinking visible
- listen to multiple perspectives and ideas