A Child's Daily Life in South Africa

Author: Alison Batt

Grade Level: Early Elementary

Objectives:

  1. Students will identify three similarities between the daily life of a child in South Africa and the daily life of a child in America.
  2. Students will write a letter or draw a picture in which they will share something they do in their daily lives in the states.

Materials needed:

Not So Fast Songololo . Written and illustrated by Niki Daly. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1996.

Procedures:

  1. Start off by asking students what they do on the days when there is no school. Ask them if they have ever been shopping with their parents or grandparents. Ask them where they went and what they bought.
  2. Tell the students that today you are going to read a book about the daily life of a boy in South Africa who goes into town with his grandmother. Show the students where South Africa is located on the map, and tell them a little bit of background information on South Africa (see content background).
  3. Read the book, Not So Fast Songololo. Stop the book when it talks about the boy's tackies, and have the students guess what tackies are (tennis shoes).
  4. After reading the book, ask the students what some of the similarities are between what they do each day and what kids in South Africa do. Some examples of similarities are: wearing hand-me-down clothes, looking in the windows at the department store, getting new tennis shoes, naming cars, etc.
  5. Have the students write down at least three similarities they see between their daily life and the child's in the book.
  6. Have students write a letter or draw a picture to send to a child in South Africa sharing something they do in their daily lives in the states.
  7. Teacher can send these letters or set up an email pen-pal connection with a school in South Africa (http://www.epals.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi).

Evaluation:

  1. Look at the lists the students have written and make sure the students have written down at least three similarities.
  2. Review the letter or picture to make sure that the students have shared something they do in their daily lives in the states.

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