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- Stonyfell, Australia
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Third graders learn about other cultures. In this Swahili instructional activity, 3rd graders discuss if they know any other languages, read the book Jambo Means Hello, discuss why it is important to learn about other cultures, learn a few words in Swahili and write in their journals about the importance of knowing the differences and similarities in cultures.
Students explore rainforest people. In this African culture instructional activity, students view several websites on which information about the life of African tribes is illustrated and described. Students choose a Swahili name for themselves, string beads to make Kenyan jewelry, make a Kenyan drum, and play a traditional African number game.
Students compare their culture to the Swahili culture of Africa and make counting book. In this Swahili counting book lesson, students listen to the book Mojo Means One by Muriel Feelings. They discuss how the African culture compares to their own before making a counting book using Swahili.
Heart of Darkness can challenge even the best readers. Here's a pre-reading strategy that will engage class members and provide background and context for Conrad's study of racism, savagery and imperialism. Class members brainstorm, list, sort, and group vocabulary they associate with "Africans." Readers revise the posted charts as they progress through the text and expand their knowledge and understanding.
Students explore African culture. In this geography cross-curricular lesson plan, students locate and identify Africa on a globe and map, view Power Point presentations that feature the people, climate, and animals of Africa, and design and decorate tribal clothing. Students also write in a journal and participate in Reader's Theatre featuring an African folktale.
ï»¿In this Kwanzaa worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Kwanzaa.
Second graders explore the books in the Elizabeti Series. In this reading comprehension lesson, young readers discuss pre-reading focus questions about their feelings on the first day of school. They investigate the book and describe the characters they see. Various activities are included with this lesson, including vocabulary words, reading response questions, math and science assignments.
Students examine cultural differences in picture books. In this cultural diversity lesson, students identify cultural differences in picture books about children from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and minority groups in North America. They examine the words in the books to compare and contrast cultural elements before creating a presentation to share with the class.
Students consider how recent historical events have impacted Kenya. For this global studies lesson, students visit selected websites to discover information about President Mwai Kibaki, Kenya's statistics, and Swahili. Students share their findings and debate the controversial issues of the country.