One thing I have enjoyed about using The Walking Classroom is how it has tied into my literacy curriculum. We are using the Amplify CKLA curriculum. In the CKLA curriculum, we have learned about the Maya, Inca, and Aztec. I found that my students have really enjoyed listening to The Walking Classroom’s podcasts on these three civilizations.
The Walking Classroom really helped some of my students who were struggling with understanding what we were learning about in literacy. To support a literacy unit on the Renaissance, we listened to Renaissance Artists (5-#25, Complete-#52). By listening to this podcast, my students gained a better understanding about the Renaissance. I think The Walking Classroom is a great way to teach your students in different ways than we typically do!
After listening to the podcast, we had a discussion about what we learned about. My students were able to make several connections to what we were learning about in literacy. We talked about Michelangelo and some of the challenges that he faced while painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling that we also covered in literacy. Michelangelo was not very good at working with other artists, so he had to get very creative in the way he painted the ceiling. We also learned how painting the ceiling was very hard on his body.
Another thing that we talked about was the style of art during the Renaissance. Renaissance art had very good details. The artists wanted their pieces of art to look realistic. They also used shading and contrasts to help improve their art. My students enjoyed listening to this podcast. They also gained information that we had not talked about in our literacy unit!
Overall, I think The Walking Classroom is a great way to teach your students in different ways! It is also a great way to get out of the classroom and enjoy a nice spring day!
Gresham Community School
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