The students went on a field trip to ‘月亮院子’ ‘Moonyard’ to learn more about words and images. Moonyard is a cultural center in China that showcases calligraphy.
The teacher introduced the students to the space, showing them many different images displayed around the gallery.
The students were invited to choose an image that they want to learn more about. They were fascinated with the colours, shapes, pictures and presentation of ideas. They walked around, sat alone or with groups to take a closer look at the images, and put their thinking down on paper. They used the thinking routine ‘See, Think, Wonder’, to document their ideas and questions. Then, they gathered to share some of these ideas with each other.
Ella “Are these characters from a long time ago?”
Grace “Something is like a wall. It looks like thunder. Why is the thunder that shape?”
Hyun Seo “I think it is a deer.”
Yuchan “I see an eye but the eyelashes are not good.”
The teacher explains “All the ancient Chinese characters, they copy a model of what they see, like a picture. That is how it starts. As time passes by, we are getting smarter so the character becomes more modern. So the modern characters are more detailed. There have been 5 different changes. This is a picture of a head. Our eyes exist in the body of the head. The top is the hat! If you put it together it is a man with a hat travelling on a road!”
The students were very excited about creating their own copy of their favourite image or word. They were given a choice of materials they could use to create their image.
— Shemo Gani (@shemogani) November 2, 2021
- What questions do we have as a result of our experience?
- What do we want to learn more about?
- What do we want to do next?
Our learning journey continues…