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October 2, 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:
Team - Holy Flying Cow Carpets, Batman!
Kid's version availiable!

The amazing carpets of Morocco and an explanation on their style, manufacture and retail business.

Definitely have the students search the web or books for visual examples of these beautiful carpets (If you can get your hands on one, bring it into class!). Let them play "carpet designer" and have them create a layout of a dream carpet for their bedroom. They can use some of the design elements listed in the dispatch or whatever they prefer. Have them color their design completely. Lay them all out in a row on the floor to create a "magic carpet" for your schoolroom.

Team - This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land

Find out more about the Saharawi people of Western Sahara and their fight for independence from Morocco.

This dispatch spells out the problems of being a refugee and how hard people will fight for their own independence. Begin a discussion with students and have them imagine being exiled from this country for one whole year. How would they feel What would they miss? Have them write as letter "back home" to a favorite friend or family member revealing their thoughts, feelings and concerns about being exiled.

Monica - Recipe for Morocco
Kid's version availiable!

How many languages does Morocco have? The team found out in a small village near the Atlas Mountains. The answer is a lot!

Have students list at least 5 languages they can identify that are spoken in the town or city they live in. Together, create a master chart of common expressions as spoken in all 5 languages (i.e. "Hello, Where is the bathroom", "My dog ate my homework", "Nice to see you," etc.)

Team - Journey Through Time, The Path of Moroccan Berbers

A team dispatch relating the tradition and history of the Berbers, the indigenous North African, non-Arab tribal population in Morocco. Includes past and present status of tribe, religion, impact of modernization, linguistics and revolts led.

This dispatch details the background of the Berber tribe and how they came to exist. Today, their traditions and cultures are alive and well because of their perseverance throughout history. Take a closer look at the concept of "tribes" with students and the pivotal role tribes have played in Africa's history. If your class were one tribe, what name would they adopt? Who would be their leader? What clothes would they choose to wear as a group. What customs would they create for themselves?

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