African Culture and Folktales
First grade has accomplished a lot since first embarking on their virtual trip to Africa.
They worked together to create an African safari bulletin board, and read books by Kenyan authors: I Am Eyes - Ni Macho by Leila Ward and Bringing Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema. After reading Wangari's Trees of Peace by environmental activist Wangari Maathai, we talked about her mission to plant 40 million trees.
Inspired by the stories they read and their new knowledge of African culture and folklore, students created magical kente cloths before imagining their own African folktales about animals of their choice. Finally, they created masks of their animals which brought their folktales to life.