Year nine on diversity
Welcome to social studies!
I'm Mrs V.


1. students will learn more about how we are going to behave with resilience to treat each other with respect so that we can learn without interruption from our classmates.

2. students will learn more about each other as part of their new social group: Year Nine Maia
3. students will begin to consider the expressions of culture.

Success Criteria:
1. students will co-construct class rules about active listening, respect property, each other's feelings and their classmates' rights to learn without interruption.
2. students can interview their classmate about a series of questions about themselves and then standup and introduce their classmate.
3. Students will find out about mythologies in NZ that look similar to Greek mythology after viewing the myth of Medusa.

Do Now: get into pairs and interview your classmate so that you can write down the answers and introduce them to the class.

1. What is their name?

2. How many brothers or sisters do they have and are they older or younger than them?

3. Where are they from eg. Opotiki township or a surrounding area?

4. What is their favourite food?

5. What is their favourite tv show?

6. What is their favourite time of the year?

7. What is their favourite game?

8. What is their favourite sport?

9. What has been the scarriest moment?

10. What has been their best moment?

Lets report back and make sure that we listen politely.

1. Head up a title in your book: " Rules for our Social Studies Class"

2. in pairs, use the paper in front of you to write down ways we need to behave to make sure that we feel secure and can learn in our social studies class.

3. Once we have written our list as a class, write them neatly beneath your heading.

Lesson 2 Day 1, Wednesday 26th February: "Be the Change you want to see in this world"

Learning Intention: students will understand how they have responsibilities or roles in the many groups, parts of society and the wider world that they belong to, including themselves and in cyber space.

Why? It is important for us to understand that our actions impact on ourselves and each other.
Success Criteria:
-students have viewed participated and contributed to share ideas about the random acts of kindness viewed in the videos.
-students have listened to the speech to the United Nations and after discussing what change they would like to see in the world, have created a visual representation for explanation and filming.
-students have worked in pairs to discuss and complete graphic organisers to reflect on their roles and responsibilities throughout their society.

Do Now: [activating interest phase]
Let's watch these videos which show us "random acts of kindness".
Random means "happened just by chance or out of the blue".
Discuss with your neighbour to answer the following questions:
a) What were some of the things that the people did to help out complete strangers?
b) If you could name how watching these kind acts made you feel, or thinking about them now makes you feel, how did it make you feel?
c) share with your table ONE random act of kindness that someone has done for you. You don't need to say the person's name if you want to keep it private.
d) Name an act of kindness that you have done for another person.
e) nominate ONE or TWO students at your table to report back to the class at the end of this activity.

Activation No. 2: Speech by junior girl to the United Nations.
Instructions: listen to this speech and discuss with your neighbour what you would like to change in the world. Working together, create a representation of what you would like to see changed in the world. You can draw this or use the rods and coloured plastic shapes. Your design will be filmed along with your explanation of the colours and shapes you have used to represent the change you want to see in the world.

Sometimes standing up for yourself and taking care of others means you have to be brave. Sometimes it can even be dangerous - but it is never forgotten. This is about Iqbal. A Tiny child who made a difference for other children in his country.

Demonstration of Understanding of ideas through language.
In your books, record two answers for each slide question that is following:

THANK YOU YEAR NINE MAIA! you worked well today. Remember to be kind to others. It sounds like many of you have jobs and responsibilities that you carry out in the different groups you belong to. Thank you for the posters of "what you would like changed in the world".

Lesson 3, Thursday 6th March - Culture and Heritage: Well we are all from Africa!
Learning Intention:
students will understand that every human on earth is originally from Africa in terms of their ancestry and genetic makeup.

It is a mind opener to realise that we are all related and that we all came from about 100 to 200 people who crossed out of Africa.

Success criteria:
-students will be able to locate the origin of modern humans on a map of the world.
-students will be able to fill a tree with the names of different human races
-students will be able to create a chain which demonstrates migration to New Zealand.
300 to 400 million years ago upright human beings were living outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was not an ape because it walked upright. Meat consumption and tool use. Astounding new history.

Map showing the location of the Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs (a UNESCO world heritage site, South Africa)
Map showing the location of the Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs (a UNESCO world heritage site, South Africa)
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190,000 years ago human kind lived in the Great Rift Valley in East Africa

external image RiftValleymap2.gifexternal image mapafricaphysicalrift.gif Alice Roberts medical doctor unwraps where the first people were born and how they began their journey to populate the world.

31 minutes in How did human kind get out of Africa ? or did we all evolve separately on different continents? We need to study DNA or our gene make for clues.

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55.26 mins in Arabian Coastline very different than it is today so people were able to travel along the coastline and get fresh water.

Humankind becomes Asian 25 .45 mins in
Humankind turns white 8.21 mins in

The Human Family Tree.jpg blogspot

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25th March DIVERSITY! Being tolerant of difference in New Zealand.
For learning intentions, success criteria and activities, please open the power point below:


Year nine on diversity