My students and I have been learning about Mali. We started off the week with a writing activity: 'What I know about Africa and what I wonder about.' I then used this PowerPoint to introduce Mali and to spark a conversation.
The presentation may seem pretty simplistic but it started a rich discussion. We not only talked about the photographs and what they represent, but we also went on to talk about what they did not show and how some of them might be misleading. We even discussed the difference between stereotypical representations of countries and modern realities (using Grade 2 vocabulary of course:)
While we looked through the presentation slides, we wrote down new questions we came up with and used those to kicked off our research.
I'm attaching a PowerPoint version so you can edit the show to suit your class and their needs better. Next week, I plan to also upload the lesson plans and activities for our Mali unit.