Africa
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October 30, 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 - Memphis: The Ancient Capital of Egypt

It's the ancient capital of Egypt, Memphis. Kings such as Menes, Rhamses, and Tutankhamun led from the city, Thebes admired it, and monuments like the red sphinx were built there.

Could your students imagine being the teen-aged King of Ancient Egypt! Why was King Tut such a legendary figure? Click on the link to learn more details about the life and legend of King Tut

Team - Politics as Usual in Algeria

The team bypasses Algeria on its trek across Northern Africa from Morocco to Egypt and reports on why it is not safe to travel there. Includes information about Islamic fundamentalism, Algerian history, shari'ah law, oil, Iran, democracy, and Western motives in international politics.

Ask students to each learn about one other country in the world that is considered unsafe to travel to. Why is it unsafe? Would your students travel there if given the opportunity?

Team - U.S.-Libya: A History of Tense Relations

Lybia's hostile politics make traveling difficult in herborders. US and Lybian relations are still strained.

Ask students to each learn about one other country in the world that is considered unsafe to travel to. Why is it unsafe? Would your students travel there if given the opportunity?

Monica - Learning How To "Walk Like An Egyptian..."
Kid's Version Available

The streets of Cairo are full of exciting life!

Ask your students to write to Monica with their own safety tips for walking in the streets of Cairo! Write her at: monicaflores@bigfoot.com

Kavitha - Many Streams, One River

The Nile River is home to varied peoples, amazing natural phenomenon, and ancient legends. From its annual flooding, the Nile produces an abundance of food and a variety of life.

The Nile River is the longest river in the world. What are the second and third longest rivers in the world? Discuss with your class why people are so attracted to building communities alongside rivers.

Jasmine - One Step at a Time: Egypt's First Pyramid

Jasmine takes a trip to Saqarra and visits the Step Pyramid, the first Egyptian pyramid ever built. Includes information on Egyptian burial customs, pharaohs, tombs, the afterlife, hieroglyphs, "ka" and the Step Pyramid.

Try to imagine how these massive structures were built thousands of years ago. Have your students use cardboard, clay, or another material to build their own model pyramid.

Abeja - Introducing Egypt's Living Dead
Kid's Version Available

Abeja visits the Egyptian Museum and reports on mummies. Includes information about mummies, mummification, the living dead, hieroglyphs, pharaohs, Egyptian tombs and treasures, the afterlife, and Egyptian burial customs.

Mummification is an Egyptian burial ritual. Have students report on other burial rituals that exist in the world. For example, in India it is common for a dead body to be cremated and the ashes scattered in the Ganges River.

Making a Difference - The Parthenon Temple: Reuniting a symbol of world cultural heritage

Have the British lost their marbles? Find out more about the Parthenon marbles. How they got to England and why some think they should be back in Athens where they belong.

Discuss both sides of the issue. What do the students think? Have them write a letter of opinion to Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Making a Difference - Just Do It…or forever hold your peace!

NIKE athletic gear is using too much third world "slave labor". In places like Indonesia, workers have long hours and little pay. Plus they endure dangerous working conditions. Find out in this dispatch how to "Just don't buy it" and give help to give the factory workers a better work life.

Practically everyone in America owns a NIKE product of some kind. The popularity of their products is overwhelming. Have the students tally up how many NIKE products they own and how much money they have spent on them. Compare the cost of the items with the amount paid to the people who make them. How long would it take for a factory worker to save up enough money to buy a full NIKE outfit? Then have a "NIKE Awareness Day" where the students see if they can ALL not wear a single piece of NIKE merchandise. This day can be repeated monthly or even weekly as a protest of NIKE's labor practices.

 
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