Africa
Teacher's Guide
 

November 11, 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:
Abeja - And on Sunday They Rested. NOT!!

It's back to school for Abeja and Monica as they discover an American oasis in the bustling heart of downtown Cairo. Includes information on the American University in Cairo, Midan Tahrir, student life, Arabic and English.

Think of this as an eye-opening discussion for students about the possibility of studying abroad in high school, college and through special summer programs. What would they expect to be the highs and lows of such an experience. Have them check out the website at www.afs.org and see where they would go and why.

Jasmine - The A, B, C's of Ancient Egyptian Gods and Religion

Kid's Version Available

All the Egyptian Gods from A-Z. Read about from whence they came, the legends they carry with them and what they symbolized.

Do your students know what their names mean? The following are just a few websites that will tell students the meaning of their names. If you want students to get creative, have them write a paragraph about themselves as if they were a "god of " where this is related to what their name means. http://clanhuston.com/name/name.htm http://www.xxxeros.com/firstnames/

Kavitha - What's That Noise Coming From Inside the Crypt?

The team travels to the infrequently visited Temple of Hathor in Dendara and finds Greek and Roman influence. All that after sneaking down into the crypt of Hathor to find a strange sound.

This would be a good opportunity to really delve into the meaning of crypts and the role they played in ancient Egypt.

Monica - All the News That's Fit to Print. But Where's the News That's Not?
Kid's Version Available

Monica encourages kids to look past the Y2K hype to the year 2001: the International Year of Volunteers. Includes information on nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, and why such organizations don't get much coverage.

This is an easy one. Do some research with the class to compile a nice list of volunteer organizations that they might want to consider joining, as the dispatch suggests. Walk kids through what volunteering means, how they cam make a difference, and what they need to do to contact volunteer groups to join. To get them totally motivated, maybe have the class-en masse--volunteer to do something good over the holidays. Decorate a hospital waiting room? Do a car wash and give money to a non-profit group? Bring in and gift-wrap a small gift to give to children at a homeless shelter? Or something equally valuable in your community.

Team - The Write Stuff - Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics

Team dispatch on the history, origins and significance of hieroglyphics, the ancient Egyptian writing system. Includes information on the Rosetta Stone, the Eye of Horus and scarabs.

Have your students checked out the "hieroglyphs" site? Have them write out their names and some key words in their own language using the symbols provided on this website for the sounds of their names and words. http://www.primenet.com/~mechanix/Hiero.html

 
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