Learning is at its deepest when it can be applied to new contexts and connected to other topics. We may only have five days with students at SITP, but the learning we strive to help students achieve can be deepened and expanded back at school through “bridging” – that is, when the Rosa Parks or Wilson teacher brings up material explored at SITP to help expand the concept or teach a new concept. Helping students make connections across contexts is a powerful learning tool, and we want to encourage and facilitate that as much as we can, which is why we provide the Bridging Materials section in the curriculum.
The illustrated vocabulary for your curriculum is a collection of no more than 10 academic words that you intend for students to learn during the week, with images that describe the words’ meaning.
Illustrated vocabulary is a requirement for all SITP curriculum because the vast majority of our students are English Language Learners (ELLs) at varying levels, and confusion about new vocabulary words can create a significant barrier to fully grasping the concepts you are trying to teach. (But illustrated vocabulary is beneficial to all learners – not just ELLs!)
The illustrated vocabulary is linked under Bridging Materials because teachers often use it to prepare their students before coming to the Park, and they can use it to help students recall their learning after their SITP week.
There is a helpful template in your respective curriculum folder on Google Drive that you can use to create or update your illustrated vocabulary: http://bit.ly/SITP-IllVocabTemplate.
--> NOTE: It’s recommended that you print the single-slide version to hang in your classroom as a reference for students, and print a couple copies of the multiple-slides-per-page version to provide to students who may need extra support. Having the illustrated vocabulary in a Google Slide format also helps teachers who want to use it as a bridging tool, as they can play the slideshow in their classroom to introduce the words.
Bridging Materials FAQ
What are some examples of bridging materials to include?
Things to consider linking as bridging materials might be:
- Publicly accessible curriculum created by your institution or another institution on the same topic (for example, a museum educator teaching a photography curriculum might link an education resource they created for school group field trip, and/or curriculum developed on a similar topic by another photography museum)
- Kid-friendly videos on the topic
- Kid-friendly sources of more information on the topic (e.g. books, websites)
- Projects or activities that you would do with the students if you had more time
- Apps or other tech tools to facilitate learning of the subject
How many bridging materials are required?
There is no specific requirement, but try to include a few items. Remember, you’re the expert in this area, and you’re an important resource for the Rosa Parks and Wilson teachers who may want to build on what you do, but aren’t sure how.
How do I link materials in this section?
Follow the instructions outlined in the Additional Materials section, above.