African Masks // 4th grade
In college, I studied African history because I thought that I would be teaching primarily black and brown students. Philadelphia is extremely segregated and so are its schools. I too learned the rich history of Africa, what was stolen from it and the narratives that played out over history. With Marvel's 'Black Panther' released this year, I saw my kiddos ask a lot more questions about my Africa unit this year. We learned so much!
First, we read "Africa Is Not A Country" to explore the vast region of Africa and broke down some of the stereotypes we have regarding the continent. Students loved exploring the modern and rural regions, identifying where each place was on a map using Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People - From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China. Using the following steps, create your own masks using paper pulp.
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