Use images from FCIT’s ClipPix ETC to introduce the activity below.
Reading Road Signs
Students: Write down the words from signs that are seen while walking or riding through the area. Limit to road signs, but adjust if you’d like to include business signs etc. Give a reasonable length of time to complete this step if assigned for homework.
Organizing the signs:
Place students in groups of four.
Create one list of 20 signs from each group of four.
Use Kagan’s RoundRobin and select a recorder at each table.
Kagan’s Round Robin Structure is designed to give everyone in the group an equal chance at participation. Starting with one participant, each person gets 1- 3 minutes going clockwise or counterclockwise, to present their point of view, share a response, or read a selection. This structure can be used as a warm up, evaluation, or to share something learned.
Each group should go round the table and read a word from the student’s list. If other’s have the word, check it off. No repeats. If a student has no list, the student must contribute one sign from memory that has not been stated. Continue until 20 words are listed, preferably five from each person at the table.
Once each table has a list of 20 words from signs, you may assign other activities, such as:
Arrange the list of 20 words in Alphabetical Order.
Classify the words by putting them into categories: such as business, transportation, home improvement and so forth.
Individually, each person is to describe one sign from the list:
What kind of sign is it?
Where is it located?
Who would appreciate the information given?
When would the sign appear?
How would you describe the sign?
Why is this sign important?
Working with a partner at the table, draw a scene and place as many signs as possible from your list in their proper setting. For example, school zone, children at play, walk could all appear in a scene including a neighborhood park.
Individually, write a 3.5 paragraph on why signs are important.
Staple papers together and turn in for one Table Grade.