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Understanding the importance of sustainable fishing practices is fostered through a classroom game. In small groups, the class plays a fishing game where they can see first-hand, the effects of thoughtless fishing practices. After the game, they discuss ways the fishing industry could modify their techniques in order to maintain the current fish populations.
Students watch a slide show about the Philippine Reefs to explore the topic of fish populations. In this reef and fish population instructional activity, students watch a slide show about fish populations and how the Peace Corps works with Filipinos to restore the sea life that the local people depend on for food. Students choose one problem to solve for the instructional activity.
Students create a Philippine banig mat. As part of designing and creating the mat, the class is introduced to the tropical rain forest of the Philippines and how the environment impacts the lives of the people. Individuals also discover rhythm as they create a geometric pattern. They weave colored strips within the mat and those strips form geometric shapes.
Timelines of historical events can be very handy for compare and contrast, recalling dates, or understanding cause and effect. Hand out this timeline that outlines events related to the control and formation of government in the Philippines. There are four questions included.
What is Tinikling? How is this word pronounced? Is it really a dance? Where did it originate? Is there a story about the origin of this dance? Begin this dance lesson plan by answering these questions. Then use the video to teach the three dance patterns: basic step, dancing step, and jumping step. Have the dancers perform the steps in combinations. Remember to reiterate the need for safety in using the bamboo poles for this dance!
Do you know who Jonas Salk is? Print these pages and have your middle and high schoolers read his biography in Time magazine. The reading itself is short, and it is followed with a key date chart, three reading questions, two connection questions, and an opportunity to explore polio. A solid lesson on reading biographies!