Teacher's Guide

August 28, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Kavitha - Muslim Devotion: Prayers Five Times A Day!

Kavitha explains from firsthand experience how much praying goes on in Mali. Explores the five tenants of Islam and the customs of the Muslim people in Mali. Can listen to the call to prayer heard throughout Bamako five times each day (play soundbyte).

Discuss the importance of prayer to the Muslims in Mali. To help students appreciate the desire/need to do it all the time, have the class create a "prayer for the classroom" and then have them bow down to do it 5-10 times in one school day.

Jasmine - Rain, Rain, Go Away
Kid's version available

Talks about the rainy season in West Africa, during which time skies are cloudy almost all day long. Discusses threat of Malaria and current ways to treat it (but there's no vaccine).

Here's a rainy day activity! The dispatch talks about the monotony of the rain, and the destruction it can cause…but also the beauty it brings via rainbows, lightening, moody skies etc. Discuss the amount of rainfall that the city/state you live in gets and then have students draw a picture of their "favorite part about rain."

Monica - A Visit to UNICEF Mali

Monica describes the problems of population growth and the work that UNICEF has done for the past 50 years to provide help for impoverished children in Mali and around the world. Topics include population growth, poverty, and UNICEF.

Have students research other organizations that help impoverished nations. Which of these interests them the most? Divide the class into groups, and have each group develop their own such organization. The group should create a name for their organization, perhaps a logo, and a plan of action. Have the groups share these with the rest of the class.

Making A Difference - Cracking Down on Population Growth

This Making A Difference activity looks more in depth at the issues of rapid population growth that were addressed in Monica's UNICEF dispatch today. There are suggestions for free materials that students can order for their classrooms. These wall charts, newsletters, and packets all include activities and information that teach students about population growth and give suggestions to help ensure a bright global future.

Go ahead and get these free materials and incorporate some of the activities into your classroom. Maybe discuss projects for world growth as the kids get older, by 10, 20 and 30 years of age. This year, the earth will see the birth of its 6 billionth human being. No matter where this child is born, It is clear that he or she will start life in a crowded world. Chances are, this new addition will be born into poverty, and face hunger and illness. Brainstorm with the students ways we can help this child (and those born after it!) as far as feeding the planet and managing resources.

Monica - English, French, or Bambara: Which language do we speak today?
Kid's version available

Monica discusses the range of language and dialects used in Mali.

What are idiomatic expressions? What is meta-language? Can you think of some examples for each of these in your language? How many languages- or dialects- does your country speak. If the answer is one, think again. Does your Grandmother use the same words as your little sister? Do you speak differently when talking to your friends as opposed to your parents?

Have students write a dialogue between two people speaking different dialects, trying to spell the words as they sound in that dialect. Possibilities include: a cowboy, a surfer, a rap star, a New Yorker, a southerner, and a teenager.

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