**A
Swahili Counting Book**

**Author: **Marie
Holt

**Grade Level: **Early
Elementary

**Objectives:**

**1- **The students will give oral examples of
similarities and differences between another culture and their
own.

**2- **The students will create a Swahili
counting book using pictures from their own culture.

**3- **The students will identify Swahili as a
language spoken in Africa.

**Content Information:
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information.

**Materials:**

* Book - __Moja Means One__ by Muriel
Feelings

* Paper - 10 pieces per student, can be cut into half sheets.

* Pencils

* Crayons or markers

**Procedures:**

**1- **Anticipatory Set: The teacher will ask
the students if they know what Swahili means or if they know any
words in Swahili. Then explain to them that they do if they have seen
the movie, "The Lion King." The word "simba" means "lion", "rafiki"
means "friend", and "Hakuna Matata" means "no troubles" or "no
problems" in Swahili.

**2- **The teacher will read the book __Moja
Means One__ to the students.

**3- **The teacher will show that each page
counts to ten in Swahili and talks about some aspects of the East
African culture while counting (e.g., 2 villagers playing, 7 fish in
the Nile river, and 9 instruments being played.)

**4- **The teacher will ask the students
questions concerning things are similar and different between an
African culture and their own.

* What do you see from the book that is the same with you and your neighborhood?

* What do you see that is unique to Africa?

**5-** Talk about ten different things from
their own community that could be made into a classroom Swahili
counting book. Starting with number one in the Swahili language, the
teacher will write down what the children say to describe their own
community. The community can be as broad as the whole United States
or as closely related to them as their neighborhood, school, or
classroom.

**6- **The teacher will write down the items
for each number up to ten. Then the teacher will type the students'
words onto ten pieces of paper and staple them together to make a
book. Make sure the numbers are spelled out in the Swahili language
along with the numeral (e.g., mbili computers in the classroom, tano
kids riding on bikes, or tisa cars in the parking lot.)

**7- **The teacher will make enough copies for
every student. The students will then illustrate their own book and
draw the number of items on each page according to the words and
numbers written on the page.

**8- **The teacher will rotate among the
students asking what language is being used and asking where it comes
from.

**9- **Have the students share their books with
other students or family members. They will now have their own
Swahili counting book to read.

**Evaluation:**

**1- **The teacher will observe students'
comments regarding the similarity and difference
questions.

**2- **The teacher will assess the books that
have been made by each child.

**3- **The teacher will evaluate students
responses to #8 in the procedures section of the lesson
plan.

**Source:**** **Feelings, Muriel.
Moja Means One. 1971. The Dial Press, New York.