Teachers: Interested in Connecting your Third Grade Classroom with a Classroom in Tanzania?
NTC’s Village Reading Corner Classroom-to-Classroom initiative connects classrooms in the United States and Tanzania through the mutual reading of a Tanzanian children’s story. This program gives American students the unique opportunity to connect one on one with students living in rural Tanzania and learn about each other’s culture in a fun and interactive way!
Each participating classroom will receive a class set of books written by a Tanzanian author, as well as a worksheet to be completed by individual students and curriculum that will teach students about Tanzanian culture. The worksheets are mailed from our Tanzanian classroom to our American classroom where our American students will have the opportunity to see the answers drawn by their Tanzanian friends. At the end of the program, all students in the United States and Tanzania will get to keep a copy of the book!
For just $50 and $5.00 per student, your classroom can create a cross cultural relationship. Order a classroom kit and you will receive:
A teachers copy of the book
Student friendly and comprehensive three day lesson plan
Cultural exchange worksheet
Original and interactive video series
Pre-paid envelope addressed to your Tanzanian friends
Parent outreach information
Additionally, NTC personnel are available to walk teachers and/or students through this exercise, exploring both the lessons learned from our Tanzanian books as well as the cultural and social facets of this exchange program.
- Large World Map
- Kwala DVD (Provided by NTC)
- Class set of Africa maps (Provided by NTC)
- Class set of books (Provided by NTC)
- Class set of worksheets (Provided by NTC)
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Explanation (10 minutes)
- Activity: watch DVD (10 minutes)
- Discussion (7 minutes)
- Activity: story (15 minutes)
- Activity: drawing (15 minutes)
- Activity: Tanzanian side (3 minutes)
- Display world map. Ask students, “Who can point to where we live?”
- Explain that we live in the city of Boston, in the state of Massachusetts, in the country of The United States of America, on the continent of North America
- Ask students what other continents they know
- Distribute the NTC map of Africa to students
- Explain that today the class will travel to the village of Kwala, in Coastal Region, in the country of Tanzania, on the continent of Africa. Point to its location on the world map
- Have students color in the country of Tanzania using their colored pencils or crayons
- Ask the students who the American president is
- Ask the students if they know where his family is from
- Show the students that President Obama’s family is from the country of Kenya, just north of Tanzania. Pinpoint it on the map.
- Watch Kwala DVD
- DVD ends with students singing “Simama Kaa,” led by Tanzanian students in the video. Have students stand and sing along to “Simama Kaa.”
Vocabulary from the film:
- Simama: Stand up
- Kaa: Sit down
- Ruka: jump
- Ask students what they do that students in Tanzania do as well (go to school, play sports, etc as seen in the Kwala video)
- Ask what differences exist between the lives of Tanzanians and those of American students (refer to Kwala video)
- Explain that students in Tanzania will now read the same story and fill out the other side of the worksheet.
- The students should receive their worksheets, completed by their Tanzanian friends, within the next three weeks.
- At that point, you will continue discussing similarities and differences between cultures by exploring their Tanzanian friends drawings.