Multi-Cultural Presentation: 7th Grade

Multi-Cultural Presentation: 7th Grade
Posted on 03/28/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Multi-Cultural Presentation: 7th GradeOur Lady of Grace School celebrates the diversity of humanity by presenting a different cultural experience to the students.  Each grade level  classroom is responsible for a different part of the world.  Seventh grade celebrates the richness of Africa.  The students of the 7th grade decided to present their culture to the school via interactive learning stations.  The students prepared 6 different stations (Mask-making, sculpture making, dancing, musical instrument making, oral storytelling, and a taste of Africa food station) Each group was responsible for creating an experience that allowed each visiting grade level an opportunity to participate.  Students created their own unique decorated masks after learning about the cultural significance and meaning of symbols.  They created mini sculptures after learning about why Africans created them. Student became griot or keepers of the oral tradition of the village by telling stories.  Each visitor to the music station created their own personal scaled  djembes (African drums) using paper cups and tape.  They creatively decorated them then learned the drumming technique.  Learning about traditional African dances was not enough, young student visitors the the dance station learned to dance the Sinte along with other traditional dances.  They also learned about the significance of face painting and its use with dance,.  Imagine walking away with a sample of paint of your own!  Finally, students not only learned about traditional agricultural resources of East Africa but also had a chance to taste Mandazi with toppings of their choice.  The seventh grade classroom was indeed transformed into three regions of Africa- from the rainforest to the Sahara to the Savanna, student visitors were immersed in the rich cultural traditions of all parts of Africa.


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