Kwanzaa Flash Cards

Kwanzaa Flash Cards

You'll Need

Poster board,markers,paper,crayons
Create a set of flash cards to illustrate the seven lessons or nguzo saba of Kwanzaa, a holiday created in 1966 by African-American leader Maulana Karenga. On a large card print the word "Kwanzaa" surrounded by pictures of pumpkins, gourds, cabbages, onions, corn, bananas, coconuts, pineapples, and other harvested vegetables and fruits. Have students compare the December festival with the American concept of Thanksgiving. Explain that Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest" and that it takes place annually from December 26 until January 1. Then introduce the seven lessons of Kwanzaa, one per card. Brotherhood: Have students pantomine a scene featuring brothers and sisters playing a ring game in harmony. Self Determination: Ask a volunteer what it means to be determined. Explain why determination must begin with the individual and go out to the community. Cooperation: Have two students lock hands on the other's wrists to form a chair. Ask a third student to sit on the improvised seat. Sharing: Make an oral list of places in the US where people share with those who are poor, homeless, sick, or are in danger, such as the Red Cross, Goodwill, UNICEF, Salvation Army and chuch charities. Creativity: Ask students how they would spend a rainy Saturday if they could have any supplies they needed, such as paper, cardboard, crayons, markers, string, and glue. Purpose: Have a volunteer explain why it is important to set personal goals and achieve them. Ask every student to name at least three goals for the school year. Faith: Have students explain why they trust their country, neighbors, families, and churches to make the best possible world. You may also want to add the African terms for the seven lessons on the cards. Unity: umoja (u-mow'-jah) Self-Determination: kujichagulia (koo'-jee-sha-goo'-lyah) Cooperation: ujima (u-gee'-mah) Sharing: ujamma (u-jahm'-mah) Creativity: kuumba (koo-oom'-bah) Purpose: nia (nee'-ah) Faith: imani (ee-mah'-nee)
 
 
 
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