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Activities and Writing Projects
Ideas for Using the Images Canada Website in Your Classroom
In groups, students survey different aspects of life in Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some categories:
Students record the types of homes, transportation, etc, and keep a running tally of the number of images depicting these aspects of life, and when and where they were photographed. For example:
Students use their surveys to track changes in technology and ways of life over time, and to make reasoned generalizations about aspects of life in different periods and places. Results can be graphed and combined with images and text to make a presentation or display.
Guess What It Is!
To sharpen descriptive skills, students choose an image and write a careful description of the image or an object in the image, including perspective. They then read the description to a partner, who attempts to identify and/or draw the object or scene described.
Students create a role-playing presentation based on an interesting image that they have selected from the Images Canada website. Elements depicted can be:
Recreating the Past
Students study various images of life in the past, and use what they have seen and learned to create their own two- or three-dimensional representation of a similar scene.
A Moment in Time
Using key words on a subject that interests them, students can browse the Images Canada database of images and choose one that they find particularly interesting. They can write a short story about one or more of the following, or a story of their own imagining:
If It Were Me…
Students imagine that they have been transported back in time, to the setting of an image they find intriguing. They should describe the setting and explain how they would respond to the situation:
If They Were Here…
Students imagine that people from the image are transported to the present day. How would they react?
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Students select the image of a person from the Images Canada website, and, using the clues in the image, describe the person in detail. Some details may need to be invented, but all should be consistent with the image. Some things to consider in the biography: