Multicultural – Kenya

Due to circumstances this year, Orion will study one or two countries this year for our multicultural program. The first country we are going to learn about is Kenya. All grades and classes (including the MI program) will have an opportunity to participate in Wednesday’s school assemblies learning about Kenya as well as videos, projects, and various resources (some listed below) during their asynchronous time.

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Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya

By Mary Chamberlin, Rich Chamberlin, Julia Cairns (Illustrator)

This clever and heart-warming story about village life teaches children the benefits of sharing as well as introducing simple Swahili phrases.

https://www.thereadingbug.com/book/9781905236640

14 Cows for America

By Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah

This best seller recounts the true story from Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah of the touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

https://www.thereadingbug.com/book/9781561459612

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

By Claire A. Nivola

With glowing watercolor illustrations and lyrical prose, Claire Nivola tells the remarkable story of one woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it.

https://www.thereadingbug.com/book/9780374399184

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

By Franck Prevot, Aurélia Fronty

Wangari Maathai changed the way the world thinks about nature, ecology, freedom, and democracy, inspiring radical efforts that continue to this day.

https://www.thereadingbug.com/book/9781580896276

ART Projects by Distribution Day

  • February 22nd
  1. Maasai Mara Sunset Banner/Bandera del Atardecer de Masai Mara
  2. Maasai Necklace/Collar Masai
  3. Mancala with an Egg Carton/Mancala juego con un carton de huevos
  4. Tissue Paper Landscape/Paisaje de Papel de Seda
  • April
  1. Canvas Textile Pattern Project
  2. White Corn Flour for Ugali
  3. Great Rift Valley Water Project
  • May
  1. TBD

Instructional Videos

Example Art

March 3rd Assembly

Elephant Adoption and Swahili Greeting Song

March 10th Assembly