Please share here links to any learning activities or projects that you do to help students gain a deeper understanding of Project Cope and our involvement in it.

Letter Writing
Our district goal is to improve writing skills so we decided to write persuasive letters to local businesses to ask them to support our project.

We watched this video and talked about why donations went up because of this campaign. We thought that people may have given more because they felt more empathy for the people holding the signs because they looked more like them so they had more empathy. We used this to brainstorm ways we could get business owners to have more empathy for our campaign by writing about our project like a business proposal. After much peer editing and revisions here are two examples of letters we sent out. Our first response included a check for $500!



Energy Connections
We have been learning all about energy. We learned about the disadvantages and advantages of different energy sources and how energy is generated and transported into our homes from power plants. We collected data about our own home energy use and how we could make our homes more energy efficient and how to conserve energy. We compared our energy use to that of our friends in Zambia.



Teaching Metaphors
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Metaphors can serve as a coherent and succinct way of “representing and organizing thoughts about particular subject matter, activities, or theories” (Knowles, 1994, p. 60). The use of analogies and metaphors can encourage reflection. We asked students to think about the important work they are doing as agents of change with Project Cope and asked them to use to create a visual metaphor to represent their thoughts about the project. These are two examples using mosiacs. By helping raise the money for a tractor we are giving our Zambian friends wings to fly and be free!

Zambian Farmer Game
A group of students organized a team of experts to help them design and build a video game about Zambian farming.
The purpose of the Zambian Farmer Game is to raise awareness of the living conditions of rural Zambia. The game seeks to educate the player in realistic survival skills from the perspective of a subsistence farmer family. Challenges will include: land management; supervising crops and livestock; acquiring commodities like seed, livestock, land, tools, and medicine; seeking employment in mines; dealing with unexpected sickness, injuries to self/family, and insufficient rainfall. Through this experience, the player will gain a deeper understanding of what life in a third world country is like. Not only are we learning about the world of the Zambian farmer through research, we are learning much about game design and how to write code, we are also learning about digital citizenship.Check out our progress so far

http://binarytutor.x10.mx/zambian/


CultureGrams

Our Media Specialists Barbara Clark and Ann Truesdell have created a CultureGrams database to introduce our community to Zambia as part of our project. They have posted a Zambia Pathfinder on the Media Center Wiki. Click on their wiki to LEARN GLOBALLY (http://clarkwiki.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Zambia+Pathfinder)!

Below are some areas students can explore for all to enjoy:
The photo gallery
Interviews from Janet (30) Chimuka 21, Samuel 31, or Namulino, 32
Listen to the national anthem
See the Flag of Zambia
Find recipes
View the slide show of people going to vote
Use the World Clock to see the time difference
Explore the Country Development data (life expectancy, literacy, human development, etc.)

Again, here's the link to the wiki: http://clarkwiki.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Zambia+Pathfinder

Tribal Flags


Develop a flag for your class depicting what you're about as a team. Be sure to also include something to represent what our efforts with Project Cope Zambia
Discuss below information with your team's task
The flag of Zambia was most recently adopted in 1996. It is green with three vertical bands of red, black, and orange on the fly side. Above the bands is an image of an eagle. Green symbolizes Zambia's natural resources; red, sacrifice; black, the people; and orange, mineral wealth. The eagle represents freedom

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Flag of Zambia

Flag of Zambia

      • Learn the meanings of the symbols, colors, etc. of the Zambian flag (see above)
      • Create your own class flag with different symbols, colors, etc. with meaning behind each. Must represent at least three important character traits from your team's perspective.
      • Make your flag. List your Tribe name on your flag.
      • On the back of your flag, write your description modeled after the description above of the Zambian flag.