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Lesson Plan: TingaTinga Inspired African Masks

tinga tinga maskStudents at Lincoln Elementary in Ponca City, Oklahoma made TingaTinga style masks inspired by Tanzanian painter Edward Said Tingatinga.

The masks were exhibited at the school’s Building Bridges Multicultural Festival for families, funded by a 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant.

Download a lesson plan. Read more about Lincoln Elementary’s project here.

 

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Students’ two-voiced poems express complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

peace sign

Sharing the Dream interviewed Sarah Weimer, Head of Curriculum and Instruction at Christal House Academy South in Indianapolis, IN, about Young Voices in Conflict, a project that engages 7th graders in a deep examination of the Israeli—Palestinian conflict.

Young Voices in Conflict– modeled after the school’s innovative Indy2Africa HIV/AIDS project funded by a Sharing the Dream Grant in 2011-2012 – was the recipient of a 2013-2014 Keep the Dream Going Grant.

Sharing the Dream: How did last year’s Indy2Africa HIV/AIDS project prepare or inspire you and your team to explore the Israeli—Palestinian conflict this year?

Sarah Weimer: Students were exceptionally engaged in the HIV/AIDS project and frequently reference it as one of their favorite units of study. Teachers also noted that through the previous project, students developed a sense of empathy and global awareness and we wanted to replicate that with the next group. While the topic changed, the new project still integrates multiple academic disciplines to advance academic knowledge, sparks empathy, creates tangible opportunities and products which provide an avenue for students to “give back” to their families and communities, and it increases awareness and understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sharing the Dream: What activities have the students been involved in so far for Young Voices in Conflict, and what has been their reaction?

Weimer: Students have engaged in a variety of activities to build and enhance their understanding of this complex issue. At the outset, students participated in a gallery walk event, viewing a display of images and historical facts contextualizing the historical and societal circumstances surrounding the founding of the Israeli state and the Palestinian reaction.

In recent weeks, students have also visited the Islamic Society of North America and a local Synagogue to learn about Islam and Judaism. Though these two religions are by no means the sole contributing factor to the conflict, they nonetheless add additional layers of complexity to the issue, and as such are a focus of this project. While there, students were able to ask questions of religious experts, tour worship areas and view religious artifacts, and gain information from unique perspectives that aided them in forming knowledge about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.

Students are also responding to what they are learning through poetry, which affords them an avenue of expression for reacting to this emotional subject. Local poets have visited the Language Arts classrooms to aid students in composing poetry that is both artistic and compelling.

All students were invested in the prospect of their poems being a voice for peace and an end to violence.

Sharing the Dream: Ideally, what do you hope students take away from their participation in Young Voices in Conflict?

Weimer: Of course, we would like students to develop comprehensive knowledge of the historical information surrounding this conflict, as well as poetic elements. After all, we embarked on this expedition with the intent to teach our respective contents in a unique and engaging way.

But academics and standards aside, we would like students to come away from this exploration with a heightened sense of the complexity surrounding much of human life.

This issue is sensitive, thought-provoking, emotional, and complicated. It is not something that can be explained in black and white terms. Approaching this subject with that outlook in mind, and forcing students to think critically, challenge assumptions, and examine issues with scrutiny is a skill that will serve them well not only in their academic life, but in their personal life as well.

A Dream

Poem by: Folu Famoye

I look out of my window into a gloomy evening
across a small hill there is a house
an Arab house
it looks clean but I know that its stained
stained with the colors of fear and hate
I see
a girl
crying
blue and gray she’s like me
I can tell
her hair, her skin, her age
but she’s not like me its in her blood not to be
a hard rough blanket of sadness covers her heart
her heart must be filled with hate
or perhaps…
a desire for peace?

I turn my head to the west
so I can illustrate thoughts
but instead I see them
the men, the Israelites
watching and fighting back
I want to run but there is no use
it may be like this
forever
but we can change
the innocent souls don’t pass on
like they should
and they won’t until they see that we
have changed
until they see
peace

We are all humans we all bleed red
we are all from Abraham
we all share a similar dream
a dream of hope and happiness
a desperate cry for peace
“If we who have paid the greatest price can talk to each other
why can’t anyone else?”
lets share this dream
for peace.

Global Resources for Schools: Mapping

US map with pinsViewing (and creating) maps is a fun, interactive way to learn about different nations, longitude and latitude, time zones, geography, scale, world governments and more.

Some world travelers pin where they have been on a wall map. Students can do the same digitally using Topo.ly, a free (for basic service) online mapping tool that allows them to use an Excel spreadsheet to easily create a map pinpointing cities, bodies of water, National Parks, family members’ homes, Monarch butterfly waystations, anything–and see where they are in relation to one another. (We used Topo.ly to create our map of 2012-2013 Sharing the Dream grantees.)

Once students are finished making a map, it can be saved as a jpeg image (to be shared in a report or on a blog/website), using a program like PowerPoint, or by clicking on Accessories/snipping tool/capture image/save as jpeg on a Windows operating system.

More mapping resources:

Education World offers lesson plans around mapping, including one where students create and map their own make-believe countries.

National Geographic: Mapping

Google Earth

Have you used an easy and fun mapping tool for the classroom, or have a lesson plan to share?

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Global Resources for Schools is our twice-monthly feature highlighting international focused organizations, educational websites and resources to support educators in their efforts to create globally oriented schools.

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Global Resources for Schools: Asia Society

asia society Asia Society is an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States.

Its website features a wide range of classroom resources exploring the Asia-Pacific region, including:

Mark your calendars! Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning Conference will be June 28-29, 2013 in New York City. To learn more, click here.

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Global Resources for Schools is our twice-monthly feature highlighting international focused organizations, educational websites and resources to support educators in their efforts to create globally oriented schools.

Do you have a website, organization, resource or idea to share? Tell us about it in a comment.

Global Resources for Schools: Time Zones

clockWhat time is it in Mexico? What about in China? For educators who want to connect children from far-off regions around the world (via Skype or other technology) knowing what time it is there is a critical factor in setting up opportunities for children to interact.

If you’ve adopted a sister school in Kenya, or if you and your students are embarking on an exploration of different cultures, a study of time zones can be a fun way for children to learn about where they are in relation to others and strengthen their math, geography and time-telling skills.

Introduce students to time zone maps, and terms such as Greenwich Mean Time. Ask them to research the history of time zones, make their own clocks with moveable hands out of paper plates, and calculate what time it is in Los Angeles or Bangkok. Hang clocks on the wall that show the time in other countries.

Helpful link:

Time and Date.com

Features interactive time zone map, world clock, a day and night map, and an international meeting planner.

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Global Resources for Schools is our twice-monthly feature highlighting international focused organizations, educational websites and resources to support educators in their efforts to create globally oriented schools.

Do you have a website, organization, resource or idea to share? Tell us about it in a comment.

Global Resources for Schools: National Anthems

flags of nationsAre your students learning about different countries? For a fun, music-focused activity, have them research and listen to national anthems from around the world.

Ask students to:

  • Research the history of the anthem of their chosen country and create a poster of images that the music and/or words evoke
  • Compare and contrast the lyrics in a selection of national anthems. Do the songs share similar words or phrases? How are they different? What do the anthems express about national identity?
  • Come up with words or images that describe the student’s chosen nation and compose an original anthem (lyrics and a melody)
  • Discuss: Why do countries have anthems?

Links:

National Anthems Info

Includes 400 anthems with history, lyrics and recordings

National Anthem Forum

14000 posts on 1000s of national, state, & municipal anthems, past and present

National Anthems of the World

The shortest, longest, oldest and newest anthems

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Global Resources for Schools is our twice-monthly feature highlighting international focused organizations, educational websites and resources to support educators in their efforts to create globally oriented schools.

Do you have a website, organization, resource or idea to share? Tell us about it in a comment.


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Grants for pre-K-8 school projects that create global classrooms where children—and families—can safely connect, exchange ideas and learn together.

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