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Treat People Kindly

Treat people kindly. Do what is fair.
Work for all people. Show that you care.
Change what is wrong, but please do not fight!
Think of new ways to change wrong to right.

These are the ways, if we work as a team,
To remember the man who said, "I have a dream!"

In honour of Black History Month, celebrate the differences among people with this baking project. With your students' help, prepare a bowl of your favourite rolled cookie dough. Then, using a cookie cutter, have each child cut out a body shape from the rolled dough. as the cookies bake, talk about how the cookies were made. Guide students to conclude that while the shapes of the cookies may vary, the cookies are all the same on the inside. When the cookies have cooled, ask each student to decorate a cookie to his liking. To encourage creativity, provide several colours of frosting and a wide variety of edible cookie decorations. Have each student display his work of art on a napkin at his desk. Provide time for students to admire their classmates' cookies.Lead the students to conclude that the differences among the cookies make them unique and special. Then, as the youngsters consume their creations, help them apply this important concept to the world around them.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 21)
 (sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle")
Dr. King was a man
Who came from Atlanta, Georgia.
Had a dream that he preached
For all men to be equal.
Dr. King was so brave.
Martin was a hero.
 Won the fight for everyone--
To end discrimination.

The Sound of Freedom
      One of the most famous references from Dr. King's speeches was his call for freedom to ring throughout our country. Show students a bell and ring it. Get reactions from the students about the sound that a bell makes. Then tell students that Martin Luther King Jr. wanted freedom to ring throughout America. Have your students brainstorm to determine what Dr. King could have meant. Ask students to define freedom and to explain how freedom could "ring." As each student dictates, write his definition of freedom on a bell-shaped tagboard cutout. Punch a hole in both the top and the bottom of the cutout. Give each student a jingle bell with a yarn loop for hanging. Attach the bell through the bottom hole in the cutout. Suspend the cutout for display by inserting red, white, and blue curling ribbon through the upper hole. Cluster and dipslay these freedom bells where they will be moved occasionally by a current of air.

Hand wreath-Trace each childs hands numerous times(10 or as many as possible) on skin colors (tan, flesh, brown, black, etc;). Cut out and glue together in a circular fashion, to create a wreath. Add a heart at the top. On the heart, write the phrase: I have a dream... Then add ribbon. Hang with masking tape.

"Dream" Handprints-Have each child dip his hand in brown paint on press onto one side of the paper. Then dip in tan/pink color and press onto the other side of the paper. In between the two hands, glue a piece of paper that says "I have a dream...."

Freedom, Freedom, Let It Ring
(sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")

Freedom, freedom, let it ring.
"Let it ring," said Dr. King.

 Let us live in harmony.
Peace and love for you and me.

Freedom, freedom, let it ring.
"Let it ring," said Dr. King.

Join hands for peace and sing this song to celebrate the birthday of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.
(sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells")

Friends hold hands. Friends hold hands.
Friends hold hands and smile.
All our classmates are our friends.
Let's sing with them awhile.
(Repeat verse.)

Submitted by Sorele
Here is the poem my class is reciting for the MLK program.  I have more in school that I will bring home to send in.
Treat people kindly.
Do what is fair.
Work for all people
Show that you care.

Change what is wrong,
but please, do not fight.
Think of new ways
to change wrong to right.

These are the ways
if we work as a team
to remember the man
who said,"I have a dream.

Submitted by Theresa
African tribes combine the use of elbaborately decorated masks with movement and music to celebrate life.  Many cultures in Africa use masks in their dances and ceremonies.
African Mask
Display books that show African Mask & African Folktale Picture Books for example:
Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky by Elphinstone Daynell
Who's in Rabbit's House? by Verna Aardema
Aio the Raninmaker by Fiona French
Lord of the Dance by Veronique Tadjo
Materials:  Have cardboard, construction paper, and poster board available.
After children become familiar with different styles of masks, they cut the cardboard to desired sizes and shapes.  Using a variety of materials such as feathers, yarn, shells, clay, paint crayons, and marking pens.  Attach a string or piece of elastic to the sides of the mask to hold it in place.

February is Black History Month the following are some Nutrition activities I will be doing to help enrich my lessons on Africa.  Although foods differ from region to region, some are common throughout most of the continent; corn (mealie is a common mush), cassava(tapioca), yams and bananas are typical.  Make sure no one is allergic to any of these foods before doing the activities.
Fou-fou is a dish sereved im many Afician countries.  It has the consitency of pudding and is served with the main course.  Prepare fou-fou by cooking tapioca pudding without sugar or substitute cornmeal mush using the following recipe.
Boil 2cups of water.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt & 1 cup cornmeal.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.  Serve with a pat of butter.

Tapioca Fruit Soup
2 T quick-cooking tapioca
1 1/2 c of water
1 T sugar
Dash of salt
1/2 c orange juice concentrate
1/2 c diced orange sections
1 sliced banana
Combine the tapioca and water in a saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.  Remove from heat.  Add sugar, salt, and orange juice.  Stir to blend.  Cool.  Stir again after 15 minutes.  cover and chill.  Fold in orange sections and sliced bananas.  Other fruits may be substituted.

Fried Yams
Fried yams are eaten like french fries.  In Nigeria, a freied yam snack food is called "small chop".  to prepare it, children peel the yams, allowing about one half per child.  Adults cut them into thin slices and drop the slices into hot oil to deep-fry them.  Drain and serve.

Fried Bananas
To fry bananas, slice them lengthwise and sprinkle with lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnanmon.  Fry in a small amount of butter.

Submitted by Marilyn
We discuss all the time with the 3's that people may look different, but we are all the same.  We emphasize friendship, caring, kindness and respect.  However, at the time of year when Martin Luther King Day approaches, we do a special activity.
Hardboil brown eggs and white eggs.  At circle time show the children the eggs.  Brainstorm about what is similar and what is different with the two colors of eggs.  Write down the children's answers.  Then each child selects an egg to peel (with help)  they are surprised to see that the eggs are exactly the same inside.  They expect the brown eggs to have brown inside and the same with the white with white inside.  We discuss that although we all look different on the outside, we are all the same inside. We have feelings, we are smart, we are friendly, etc.  It is an activity that the children enjoy.

At the art table I have precut a large arch shaped piece of paper from a roll of white paper.  Have the children dip their hands in black, brown, tan, yellow and reddish paint and then place their handprints all over the arched paper.  After it has dried, we glue on people's pictures from magazines.  Young and old, sad and happy and as many different cultures as we can find.  We made a sign 'WE ARE A RAINBOW OF PEOPLE" and hang our creation in our hallway for all to admire.


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