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My Father’s Shop
Students will:

  • Identify the center of a rectangle, basic shapes and recognize repeating patterns of basic shapes.
  • Identify colors in nature that correspond to colors in art objects.
  • Create a replicate of a Moroccan rug.




Page Street Publishing provides a Teaching Guide for Hector.
Recommended for grades 4–8

To access the guide.  Click on the cover of Hector on the Page Street website.





Building Community and Affirming Identities with Adinkra Symbols

Kwame Mbalia

Tricia Elam Walker

Rhonda Mitchell

Boston University, Center for African Studies


  • To examine Adinkra symbols from West Africa
  • To identify the cultural meanings and uses of Adinkra symbols in context
  • To connect with one Adinkra symbol and discuss its meaning for individual student’s personal lives.
  • To contribute to building a classroom community via the medium of Adinkra symbols


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Rise of The Golden Cobra
Students will be able to:

  • Describe Piankhy (aka Piye) as the king of Kush and the first important pharaoh of Egypt’s 25th dynasty.
  • Describe King Piankhy as a defender of maat (the Egyptian principle which emphasized honor, fairness, truth, righteousness, and justice).
  • Identify King Piankhy’s Victory Stele/Stela as a primary source of information about him.
  • Define a stele (or stela) as an upright stone or wooden slab, built as a memorial to the dead or to commemorate a living person. Information about the person is inscribed on the surface of the slab (in bas-relief, sunken-relief, high-relief, etc), or painted onto the memorial.
  • Create a stele that commemorates a person whose actions exemplify maat.


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Seeds of Change
Students will be able to:

  • Identify trees as natural resources that contribute to healthy ecosystems and food security.
  • Explain how an indigenous ‘culture of conservation’ in Kenya promoted healthy ecosystems and food security.
  • Explain how cash-cropping caused deforestation and food insecurity in Kenya.
  • Explain how Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement empowered women, reversed deforestation, and increased food security.
  • Investigate environmental problems in their own communities.


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I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Students will:

  • Learn how people in different countries celebrate the loss of a childís tooth.
  • Learn about aspects of life in Mali, West Africa.
  • Play the “Where’s Amina’s Chicken” game.


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Trouble in Timbuktu: Let’s Preserve a Memory
Students will be able to:

  • Describe ancient Timbuktu and its importance in Islam’s academic history.
  • Discuss the ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu, regarding the wide variety of topics and the attention to detail in producing them.
  • Adopt the role of family, community or cultural historian and record something the student deems important.
  • Create a document in the style of ancient manuscripts and preserve it using modern techniques.


Let’s Make Goldweights by Bonnie Myhre

One Voice Can Change the World by Kathryn Erskine. Pencil Tips, Writing Workshop Strategies from Children’s Authors and Illustrators, 2018.


Read Africa. by Karen Leggett Abouraya.  Pencil Tips, Writing Workshop Strategies from Children’s Authors and Illustrators, 2019.