Framework of "Herd of Elephants?"
conclusion of "Herd of Elephants?" finds an equally exciting
array of educational material in both the interactive components
of the mission and in our Teachers' Lounge. Focusing on folk
tales of Africa and the concept of patterning, educators are
sure to find meaningful activities to support their curriculum
and to meet student needs.
is a theme running throughout this mission. Teachers will find
patterning in traditional math activities in addition to the
many language, science, and cultural arts interactive and printable
Arts section includes two important studies: an author/theme
study and newly released Zulu folktales with engaging and meaningful
follow up activities.
find a detailed guide on how to conduct an author/theme study
along with integrated activities supporting a variety of goals
and objectives. This type of literary study is becoming popular
as educators strive to teach required content in an increasingly
burdened school day. Maggie's Author Study offers an extensive
annotated bibliography of easy to obtain folktale books, correlated
activities using the multiple intelligences approach, and open-ended
charts for easy classroom use. This approach is sure to help
teachers present many necessary concepts and skills and will
help students discover connections among curricular areas.
folktales included in the language arts section are designed
to help students develop an appreciation for varied world literature.
Increasingly, schools are recognizing the need to encourage
student respect for our multi-cultural society. These folktales,
told by members of a Zulu tribe, will help students appreciate
the rich themes of African literature. The on-line recorder
offers the first few lines of folktales for your auditory learners.
Maggie's Earth Adventures hopes this will serve as motivation
for further reading of the printed version of the tale available
in the Teachers' Lounge. Follow up activities for this unit
are based on the multiple intelligences approach with an emphasis
on understanding character traits and how these traits can be
seen even in the world of the school. A multitude of journaling
suggestions are offered to encourage student self-reflection
and personal growth.
of expressive language activities, both in the folktale selections
and in the on-line mission, will help students identify and
use literary forms such as personification, metaphor, and simile.
These language patterns are presented in the fun, interactive
mission activity based on the baobab tree and use of expressive
language is encouraged in personal writing projects.
takes center stage as students interact with patterning games
during Maggie's mission and in her mission pack devices. The
traditional print activities of spotting matching patterns and
detecting AABBCC type patterns come alive on the computer screen.
Snakes, sporting skin of various patterns, wiggle past as students
try to continue the pattern. Maggie Spies, found in the on-line
compass, helps primary students detect pattern likenesses and
differences. Intermediate level activities using patterning
are found in the Teachers' Lounge. Explorations using Fibonacci's
sequence and patterns in calculations are presented. These activities
are designed to help older students see the importance and benefit
field guide in Part Two focuses on reptiles and amphibians of
Africa. Students can "click and learn" about characteristics
of creatures such as the African Clawed Toad and Puff Adder.
Science classification articles help students see the PATTERNS
Carolus Linneaus used in his famous classification system. Students
can read about living things from monerans to mammals and then
refer to this cleverly designed guide to see patterns in specific
species. An understanding of how nature uses patterning is developed
using two fascinating creatures - the chameleon and the giraffe.
Students will add to their growing base of scientific facts
by playing the mission game designed to teach more about chameleons.
The compass shows students how the unique patterns on a giraffe's
coat can be used to identify the geographical home of individual
aren't the only living things with patterns. Under the microscope,
your students will use the dichotomous key to spot patterns
in tree leaves. This interactive activity gives students a good
understanding of how botanists use natural patterns in their
daily work. Students can extend the concept by completing many
of the printable activities about African trees and plant-life
in their own schoolyard. These multi-disciplinary offerings
are found in all of the curricular sections of the Teachers'
It is by
design that our activities integrate disciplinary areas. Students
learn best when they see connections between concepts and skills
from different curricular areas. We strive to model a global
perspective in all we present. The setting of Angola for this
mission and the real-life elephant transfer project give us
the opportunity to highlight what people and organizations are
doing to make a difference in the world. Students are motivated
to learn when they understand their contributions will make
a difference for people and the environment.