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Third graders learn about other cultures.  In this Swahili lesson plan, 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 gain an appreciation for Swahili as a language spoken in many parts of Africa. They share and illustrate words from their own culture using English and Swahili and others to create a word quilt.
Young scholars investigate the African language of Swahili by translating vocabulary words.  In this foreign language lesson plan, students write 26 English words that define Africa and utilize the Internet to translate them into Swahili.  Young scholars create a collage page for each word and fill it with images and the translation before putting the pages together to form a book.
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.
Create and illustrate individual books that aid young learners in learning to count 1-10 in Swahili. They discuss and appreciate a different culture, and find out about Africa through illustrating individual books. 
Students listen to the book Moja Means One. They orally state examples of similarities and differences between Swahili culture and their culture. They create a Swahili counting book and identify Swahili as a language spoken in Africa.
Students make Swahili flash cards. In this African culture lesson, students study Swahili words. Students make flash cards with the English word and the Swahili word and pronunciation written on it. Students take turns practicing the words.
Delve into the world of Malian ruler Mansa Musa, the development and culture of African kingdoms such as the Swahili civilization, the use of oral tradition, and the spread of Islam across trade routes. The narrator does an excellent job conveying the need for a variety of sources as evidence to gain a comprehensive understanding of the past.
Students study Kenya's culture and see how people and things can be different and similar at the same time. They create a pictograph of objects from each culture that are used in similar ways and examine a few Swahili words.
Students consider how recent historical events have impacted Kenya. In 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.
Students say hello in five different languages (Spanish, Swahili, French, Portuguese, and Japanese). They are introduced to the countries of these languages (Mexico, Tanzania Africa, France, Brazil, and Japan).
Students study African culture and learn the origins of Kwanzaa. They recognize that Kwanzaa is Swahili for "first fruits of the harvest." Students identify and comprehend the values and meanings of the nguzo saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa. They create a Kwanzaa plaque displaying the nguzo saba surrounded by harvest fruits.
China, India, and Africa are all players in the trade, culture, conflict, and politics that marked a 300 year period in tropical Afro-Asian history. This comprehensive presentation covers environment, economics, religion, and the effects of Islamic conflict occurring from 1200-1500 AD. Cultural effects of these interactions are also covered.
Sixth graders gain an appreciation for the different cultures that inhabit the Earth by focusing on the people of Africa
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 instructional activity, 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 instructional activity, including vocabulary words, reading response questions, math and science assignments.
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 study about Kwanzaa, an African-American celebration established in 1966 by Dr. Maulana, and also participate in some traditional activities.
Students recognize that families can be strengthened as a result of a holiday. They identify things about holidays that have strengthened their families. They explain some of the symbols of Kwanzaa. They draw one of the purposes of Kwanzaa.
Learners use the internet to gather information on the holiday of Kwanzaa. They discover the origins and traditions of the holiday and create a stamp and greeting card. They examine the seven principles of Kwanzaa as well.

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