The purpose of this lesson is to have students analyze different signs that they see in their everyday lives to gain an understanding of what they mean. Signs and symbols are very common in real life, and it is important to understand the meaning behind them. In this lesson, the teacher will have students find examples of different signs that they see in their everyday lives, drawing what they look like and giving a description of what they mean.
While teaching this lesson, the teacher will be providing their students with examples of different signs that they may encounter in their everyday lives. Some examples are common street signs, neon lights, and billboards. The teacher will provide these students with illustrations of these examples, let them think about it, and then hold a full class discussion about the illustration. During this discussion, the teacher should ask their students to describe the sign in full detail (what it looks like, what colors, any words/pictures on it), predict what it may mean and predict where they may encounter it outside of school. The lesson in itself will introduce them to the actual assignment, as the activity is to be done on their own time. The lesson will take no longer than 10-15 minutes, depending on how many examples the teacher provides to the students, but the time that the activity will take will vary from student to student, as some students may put more effort into it than others.
Step 1: Signs and Symbols Visual Activity: Materials Needed
The list of materials for this activity consist of the following:
• Colored utensils
• A computer and printer (if you print out digital images of signs)
• Camera (if you take pictures of signs)
• Your creativity!