By Eleanor MacDonald
This is a superb source for objectives-based schooling. as the origin of the social experiences curriculum is the relations, A Window into historical past supplies lecturers an interesting procedure for introducing scholars to books which are based as own narratives of relatives histories. those books, either fiction and nonfiction, mixed with hugely acceptable actions and initiatives, construct issues round group, background, and cultural or social variations. additionally, the range of cultural backgrounds within the titles makes A Window into background in particular worthy in courses that emphasize multicultural matters. steered instructor source for grades 3-8.
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22 A Window into History: Family Memory in Children's Literature ............................................................................................................................................... ACTIVITIES 1. Using the above books and series, learn about food and cooking in the countries of your ancestors. What foods are grown or produced in these countries? What are popular foods and what are special foods for holidays? Ask older members of your family what foods they remember as being particular family favorites.
For this project you will need a simple outline world map that shows national boundaries. You may also need to look at historic maps since the boundaries and names of some countries have changed. Talk to your parents and grandparents or any other family member who can tell you about your ancestors. When did your family first come to America? Which countries did they come from, and when? As you gather information, begin to mark on the map all the places your family lived before they immigrated. If you are locating members from both your mother’s and father’s family, you may need to develop a color code to show all the different countries or different branches of the family.
You can also find information in the library on children's games from many countries. What were the rules for playing these games? How many could play, and how were the players chosen? Are any of the games you play similar to games you play now? Compare notes with others in your group. Did you find that the same game is played in many countries with only slight differences? 2. Try playing some of these games with your friends. Decide which ones are the most fun and which are not so much fun today.