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Monday, 14 April 2014

Personal Coat Of Arms

My Grade 8's have been studying the Medieval Period in Social Studies.  As we were looking at the Magna Carta, several students asked about the Coats of Arms around the outside of the document.  They were quite interested in them, so we ended up researching the Coat of Arms of our school's namesake.  That's when I decided to have my students create one of their own.

Several students researched their own family crest and used symbols and images they found from their ancestors.  Others included pictures of things that were important to them.

For the assignment, I asked them to include at least 4 symbols that represent themselves in some way.  In addition to the Coat of Arms, they needed to include a write-up explaining the significance of each image.

I think next year I will use this activity as a beginning of the year "get to know you" activity.  It can easily be adapted to fit any grade.  Even Kindergarten students could draw pictures and talk about why they are important.  I had an International Student (from Korea) in my class during this unit, and she loved this assignment.  It let her express herself to the rest of the class, and it let me get a better understanding of who she was and what she valued.  Overall, I was really impressed by the quality of work I received from my kids!


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  2. Hello,

    This is such a wonderful idea! Would it be alright to share it on my educational travel blog ( I would give all the credits to you and redirect them to your site. Thank you!

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