This week the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders began an exciting Silk Road activity. After a mini-lesson reviewing how to research online using keywords, students were divided into groups and handed a stack of vintage postcards from various places along the Silk Road. Their task was to determine where the postcards came from and to sort them into piles. Some of the postcards were clearly labelled with a country’s name, but others only contained clues — perhaps the name of a city, river, building, or museum. Students’ research skills, attention to detail, determination, knowledge of Eurasian geography, and ability to sound out foreign words were put to the test, and they did a wonderful job! The classroom was filled with squeals of delight as students were able to identify postcards, often through collaborative efforts. In about 45 minutes, the class managed to sort the 130 postcards. What an accomplishment!
Over the next several weeks, we will be using these postcards to create our own map of the Silk Road and to bring it to life. Stay tuned for updates on our progress.