I’m going to tell you what the children from 5th and 6th grades worked during this second term in L’Agulla.
Well, we have done a project about Kenya!
We started with the story of Handa’s surprise! by Eileen Browne. In this story, there is a girl that brings fruit to her best friend. But she has some problems during the way with different animals… With this story we talked about these animals and we also talked about these new kind of fruits that some of us didn’t know. In fact, we had the opportunity of taste some of these fruits (mango, avocado and passion fruit). Look at their faces! I think that some of them were delicious, but there were others that…
First of all, we needed to know where Kenya was. So, we did an activity where they had to locate it in the map and paint its flag. In pairs, they had to dictate to the other the directions or the colours of the flag, depending on the paper they had.
Then, we also needed to know the name of its capital city. So, we did an activity where they had to guess which the name was by solving some questions about general culture and writing its first letter. For example: “Country where cows are sacred. Its capital city is New Dehli: India”.
We continued learning a lot of things related to its Geography reading a short text and answering some questions. Thanks to that, we knew that in Kenya there are two important lakes: Turkana and Victoria Lakes and that Kenya Hill is the highest mountain of Africa, after the Kilimanjaro.
When we finished the Geography, we talked about its fauna. I asked them what animals they thought lived in Kenya. Then, I put them this video to review if the animals they had said were correct or not.
Once we had a general idea about the geography and the animals of the country, we focused on its people and culture. So, we started with a very funny activity about it: a running dictation!
The text said:
In Kenya, there are 40 different ethnic African groups and they speak very different languages, but the official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili.
They live in tribes. They are very positive and they always smile. They like being with people talking or dancing. They love being in community with their families.
The 85% of the children go to school.
Then, we watched a video about a girl and a boy of different tribes telling the characteristics of them. The children from L’Agulla had to explain the similarities and the differences between them. It was very interesting to see how they were so different in spite of living in the same country!
We also enjoyed a lot watching a video about their tradicional war dance. They jump so high!
With this project, we also knew that Kenyan people are very tidy and cute and they love wearing lots of coloured jewerly. Look at these examples:
They look so great, don’t you think?
Well, out students didn’t want to be less, so they created their own Kenyan necklace with a paper plate. They are fantastic!
One of the funniest activities of this project was the one I’m going to explain now. In pairs, they had 3 pictures. One of them had to dictate to the other and this one had to draw it following the instructions. But, the problem was that when the teacher said, they had to change the pair! It was very crazy, but we laughed a lot. And the pictures were awesome! Taking into account that they were drawn by all the students without copying the original… they did a very good work!
To finish the project, they did a final exposition in pairs. I gave to each pair a curious activity that you can do in Kenya as a tourist. So, they had to prepare a speech as if they wanted to sell this activity, as an advert. They made a really fantastic work!
Julia and Biel talked about the fostering program of the David Sheldrick Wild Life Trust.
Here there is their Power Point Presentation.
Ona and Pere invite you to have dinner in the incredible Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant.*
Click here if you want to see their Power Point presentation.
And finally, Joan thinks that sleeping in the Giraffe Manor is the greatest thing you can do in Kenya.*
Here you can see his Power Point presentation.
What do you think is the best activity? Would you like to try some of them?
We hope you’ve liked the activities we did. I can only say that I’m very happy and very proud of my students because they have worked a lot this term and they have learned so many things about this special country.
See you soon,