Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:17

Postcards make learning fun for Brooks Social Studies class

Written by  Jamie Rieger
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Postcards may becoming less common these days, but for a group of students at Brooks Upland School, they were a creative part of learning in their Social Studies class and would be a fun way for them to learn about Canadian geography.

Teacher, Danielle Van Herk decided to incorporate the Canadian Postcard Project into her Grade 5/6 Social class after learning about it on a teacher group's Facebook page. More than 50 schools across the country participated in the project.
"The students designed and sent postcards to the schools and learned about different regions of Canada. The kids really enjoyed doing it," said Van Herk.
The students sent out their postcards in mid-January and have just finished up the project by putting up a bulletin board with all of their received postcards and information on each; learning about the other places along the way.
"The main goal is to get the students excited about Social Studies," she said, adding that the project fit nicely with the Regions of Canada unit of study for her class.
The postcards the Brooks students sent out depicted images of things and places noted in the region. One was a picture of Lake Newell, while others included pictures of bison and dinosaurs.
On the receiving side, a postcard from Burnaby shows mountains and the ocean, another shows the map of Saskatchewan, and another, the Big Rock at Okotoks. Postcards were received from across the country and from as far away as Newfoundland.

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