Africa
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October 23, 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:
Jasmine: "Just Ask Jazz": How To Find The God or Goddess In You!

Jasmine introduces a questionnaire for everyone to discover the Greek god/goddess within themselves. Mentions the 12 deities (god/goddesses), the Greek mythology of how the earth was formed, Gaea, Cronos, and Zeus.

Ask your students to take the "Just Ask Jazz" test included in the dispatch, and then have them relate a Greek myth about that God. Do they think the test was accurate? Did it help them find a God that they identify with?

Abeja - It's All Greek to Me!
Kid's Version Available

Abeja discusses the Greek language and creates game for kids to de-code and decipher words from the Greek alphabet into English. Includes information about the history of the Greek language, different versions of the Greek language and Greek words that have been adopted into the English language.

Learn the sounds of the different Greek letters and practice pronouncing the Greek words in the Sidebar of Abeja's article. Do they come out sounding similar to their English equivalents?

Kavitha- The Story of the Odyssey

Kavitha tells about the history of The Odyssey, better known as worldtrek.org. She also explains the story of Odysseus (Ulysses) and his adventures in ancient Greek mythology. She talks about overcoming obstacles through wit and perseverance.

On two maps, ask your students to trace the route Odysseus traveled around the Mediterranean as well as the route the World Trekkers have traveled around the world so far. They could also indicate with symbols and a legend what adventures took place where, for Odysseus and also for the World Trek team.

Monica - Barcelona, City of Innovation: A Reflection on Our Times

Monica discusses Gaudi and the Modernisme architectural style of 1920's Barcelona. She then blends in discussion of the large gap between rich industrialized nations and poor developing countries. A sidebar briefly discusses the expansion of the telephone system over the past century.

In this dispatch Monica draws our attention to the fact that many people in the third world are living with the same standards of technology as our parents and grandparents were living with 80 or 100 years ago in the "developed world". Millions of people in the world today don't have running water, gas or electricity, much less telephones! Have your students write a description of their daily routine, imagining that modern technology did not exist, or was too expensive to afford. How would you get to school without cars? Where would you get your water if there was no indoor plumbing? How would you gossip without a telephone? This is what life is like today for people in underdeveloped countries.

Making a Difference - We Still Need to Save the Whales

Students learn about dolphins and whales and the jeopardy they continue to face today.

Have students participate in this letter writing activity to help save dolphins and whales.

 
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