How did they carry out the best practice?
- To design a logo for the Project. Project team has made several skecthes during the design process. The Logo was selected with Project teams mutual decision and this logo was used
throughout the project.
- Research which towers in the world are important.
As a result of the research, 12 world-famous towers were identified. These towers with their countries are as follows: Galata Tower and Maiden’s Tower (Turkey), Savolinn Castle Tower (Finland), Eiffel Tower (France), Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy), Space Needle (USA), Big Ben (United Kingdom), Berlin Tower (Germany), Ostankino Tower (Russia), PL Tower of Peace (Japan), Belfry Tower (Belgium), Polar Minar (India).
- Create a study program. Within the scope of the study program we managedmany educational applications both inside and outside the classroom, these studies and categories
are as follows:
Activities in Turkish Language: Regarding the Activities in Turkish Language, history of the towers that are in the Project (in which country they are located, why they were built, architect, height etc.) are discussed with the appropriate images (power-point presentation, large-sized tower pictures, various videos) related with the development level of the children. The countries in which the towers are located were discussed and the country flags were introduced. The myths about the Maiden Tower in our country have been told via fairy tales to children.
Activities in Art: During the study of the projects many different techniques were used in the activities in art. The Galata Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the PL Peace Tower in Japan were created using clay. The Maiden’s Tower was sketched and painted on canvases.Based on the Reggio Emilia approach, the Eiffel Tower was projected onto the wall by projector and the children drew the reflected Eiffel Tower on large kraft paper. All towers in the project were prepared three-dimensionally by using residual materials. In addition, the children painted the towers in the project. In creative art activities children have drawn towers in their imagination.
Activities in Mathematics: Regarding the Activities in Mathematics , the towers are arranged from tall to short and short to tall. Tower cards were created and patterned. The geometric shapes of the towers were studied.(which tower is from which shape).
Activities in Science: The question of how the Maiden’s Tower floats in the middle of the sea was used to test the floating and sinking objects in water. Experimental studies have been carried out on how the towers remain intact, how the foundations are laid, in relation with the question “how the towers have been standing for hundreds of years”. Works with Blocks and Lighted Table Activities: Blocks in various sizes were used to create both the towers designed by children and towers included in the project. In lighted table activities, on the lighted table children have built different towers with different geometric shapes made from coloured plexiglas. They also drew the shadows of the tower imagesreflected on the lighted table. On the lighted table, with the sand, they created images of the towers that are in the project.
Music-Drama-Orff Activities: At the Orff events, skill oriented activities were held such as rhythm, great muscle development, creativity, improvisation, group work, etc. Children created towers using their bodies. Children were asked to dramatize the myths about the towers, and to create different towers by using their bodies and different materials (kaleidoscope, rubber band, gloves, rhythm instruments, etc.).
Game Activities: Tower- national flags matching game was played with the towers and national flags included in the project. The pictures of the towers were printed on the front of T-shirts and the flag pictures were printed on the back. When the teacher says the name of any tower, the child wearing a t-shirt with the picture of that tower takes a step forward. A competition to build towers with cups was held. Foreign Language Activities: The basic concepts of the towers (low-high, tall-short, traditional-historical etc.), the countries where the towers are located, the ways of saying their names, various songs are taught in English and German classes.
Activities in Kitchen: Tower shaped cakes were prepared using various ingredients.
Technology Activities: Coding activities were performed through games. Multiple choice questions related to the world famous towers were prepared and asked via online tests and the children were asked to answer these questions.
Family Participation Activities: Parental support is also included in the project through family participation studies. A tower was made from balloons with a Family participation activity. Three-dimensional towers are designed with residual materials and various sized boxes. The Eiffel Tower was built using tree branches.
Field Trips: A trip to the Galata Tower was organized.
In a nutshell:
In the Legend Towers Project, many different activities were organized in accordance with the developmental characteristics of children in our school. Active participation and having fun by being in this Project was the key objective. Both educators and children were happy to be involved in the
project. At the beginning of the project, it was concluded that the theme of the Legend Towers could attract children’s attention, and that the criteria such as high applicability with children were determined correctly. The participation of the mainstreaming students in our school has attracted attention. Very positive feedback was received from our parents at the end of the project. Children talked about the towers in their homes about the world’s most important towers, and when they saw visuals about the towers in the project, they knew that they were familiar with the towers and that they had information about the important towers in the world. A three-minute video was created that reflects the overall activity throughout the project.