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Design a Playground Unit
 

Design a Playground Unit

    This is a intergrated unit, based losely around physical education, that I had planned to do but ran out of time. I think it is a great one and I will definitely be doing it at a latter stage


    Basic Unit Overview ( to download full Unit and resources scroll down to the bottom of the page )

    Prior to this unit a discussion has arisen from a new student starting who was partially blind. Questions arose about what it would be like to be blind? What are the negative and positives? What could we do about making this Childs experience of school a “normal as possible”

    Context Or BIG Question

    We are learning to identify the physical and mental benefits of playgrounds, so that we can design and create models of suitable playgrounds for visually impaired children.


    Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs) Deep Understandings: Children will... (Behavioural and measurable outcomes)


    Refer to Thinking skills p20 - Innovative Teachers Companion:
    1. Identify the physical and mental benefits of playgrounds by using one of the following, Venn diagram, mind map, list…
    2. Working in groups, design structures for a playground.
    3. Present a proposal explaining why their structures are suitable for a visually impaired children’s playground.
    4. Create a 3D scale model of their playground

     

    Learning Experiences Timeline

    • Introduce the topic and the big Question (Statement).
    We are learning to identify the physical and mental benefits of playgrounds, so that we can design and create models of suitable playgrounds for visually impaired children.

    • Investigate what process we will have to go through to achieve this.
    • Identify what a playground is and what it has in it. What makes it a playground?
    • Use right/left brain sheet to identify what equipment would relate to which side of the brain.
    • Make observational sketches of different playground equipment. Day trip to different playgrounds.
    • Place playground equipment in a suitable side of the brain. Wall Display
    • Discuss, types of benefits that a playground may have. Physical, Mental and social.
    • Examine how particular items of equipment fit into each of these categories
    • Identify learning needs of blind children.
    • Compare them to “normal” children’s needs.
    • Synthesis what it is like to be a visually impaired child by blindfolding each other and testing existing playground for beneficial features?
    • Brainstorm some possible features that could be used in our playground fro the visually impaired
    • Contact/Consult an expert on features that would be beneficial. Add these to our brainstorm.
    • Organize features into Physical, Mental and social benefits.
    • Identify and analyze the relationship between the mental and physical learning that takes place within these playground feature/activities.
    • Identify key stages of the design process which will need to be undertaken.
    • Create a rubric to set standards and criteria for the design.
    • In a group of three, apply what they have learnt about the learning, social and physical needs of a visually impaired child to draw a design of a playground with three activities/features, one per member. Using paper then Google SketchUp.
    • Create a scale model of the drawing.
    • Create a proposal, demonstrating their knowledge of the physical, mental and social needs of visually impaired children, that will convince the school to build their playground.
    • Present this proposal to the class
    • Assess project against the design criteria.


    Resources:

    Full Unit Plan
    Intergrated planner
    Curriculum Lession Overview


     

  


 

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