A Study of the Continents - Africa
"Ms. Jackson why are children in other countries so different from us? Why do they celebrate the holidays they way they do? Do they eat the same foods that we eat? Do they play the same games we do? Why do they wear those funny clothes?" These students had just come back from a sightseeing field trip. There they had seen many people from other lands. The children were quite surprised at how some of them were dressed and the types of foods they were eating. They had many questions when they got back to school.
After discussion of the movie, the teacher will then ask the students in the classroom about the various cultural practices displayed in their families. If the students all have the same ethnic background, the teacher should invite other students from other backgrounds into the classroom to be included in the lesson. This is also a good opportunity to invite people from other communities to come into the classroom for show and tell.
Following this discussion, the students will explore different websites about Africa. The students will use the Internet to investigate various facets of Africa (culture, religious beliefs, holidays, traditions, immigration, people, history)
Depending on available resources, students may be able to create web pages that publish their findings and link to other related sites). Each student's web page will link to the class home page. Alternatively, students may create drawings, collages, or other projects to illustrate what they have learned.
Teacher will assess the students based on the following criteria:
Minimum requirements would be written information collected from website. The student should learn how to use the Internet to research selected topics, and cut and paste information. Student should learn how to extract information from written text.
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