Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Culture Item

A culture is a way of life of a group of people--the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.

For after vacation, please bring in one thing that represents your culture. This could be anything that represents you and your peers living in Sandwich, Ma, USA. Examples include: Popular foods, music, sports, school, social media. This item must be tangible and must be rather small. We will be sending a box to another place on the globe. You can buy something, make something or bring something in that you already have.

We will talk about items to bring in class.

Some ideas for what you can/might send in the #CultureBox
National flag?
A recording of the national anthem/spoken language- a book/tape/cd/dvd to learn the language?
National food from the country (that won't go off/get through customs etc!)
Official clothing?
Key rings/postcards from national landmarks?
Video messages?
Religious links to the country?
A sporting item? National Sport of the country
A cuddly toy of the National Animal
Handwritten letters?
Pictures? Photos? Paintings?
Example of school planner? School building? Lessons?
Facts and info about your culture?

Questions to consider:

Who are we?
How are we unique?
How does the world see us?
How do we recognize and begin to understand other groups of people?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

British Museum Gold Weights

Gold Weights Site

Africa/Kenya Reading and Stats

Here is a link to the article from class:

Look up the following information for the country of Kenya:
infant mortality rates
literacy rates
gdp per capita

Then see if you can find any information about the water crisis in Kenya? What are the major problems faced by people in Kenya? Is there anything we could do to help?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trans Saharan Trade Skit

During the Medieval period, trade was essential to the kingdoms of West Africa. These kingdoms flourished from trade with Arabs from the North. The city of Timbuktu was a major center of the this trade as well as a cultural center for the region. Camel caravans would leave from North Africa headed south with blocks of salt and luxury goods to trade for gold and grain from West Africa. Travel on this treacherous journey took up to 114 days from Fez to Timbuktu. With a group of three or four, examine the following site for details about the trans-Saharan trade route
Discuss the dangers and motivations of travelling across the Sahara Desert. Using the information you find, devise a one minute skit with your group that depicts the perils of trans-Saharan trade routes in the Medieval World. You will perform this skit in class. Good luck.


Skit must have:

1. information about the journey
starting point
ending point
details about the journey in between

2. All members of the group must have a role

3. Includes at least one prop

4. about one minute in length