Reading gives everyone an opportunity to travel to new lands and discover new cultures and civilizations! To celebrate Summer Learning Day, YMCA Reads! committed to reading a variety of texts from around the world! From folktales in other countries, to informational texts about civilizations, and texts embracing diversity and multiculturalism- we made the entire week a vacation to far away lands! The texts we read included…
-If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith
-Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott
-Going Home, Coming Home by Truong Tran
-A Ticket around the World by Melissa Owens and Natalia Diaz
-Elephant Dance by Theresa Heine
-Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes and Sanjay Patel
-Coyote and Borreguita by Verna Aardema
-Lon Po Po by Ed Young
Using a standard of Project-Based Learning, students completed a variety of connection activities to assist their understanding of the texts, and experience new cultures. This included: comparing and contrasting activities, writing activities, art projects, dramatic play, playing traditional games from foreign countries, and learning new languages!
Our Reading Around the World ended with a taste-test of foods from many different cultures, including:
-And much more!
This summer, YMCA Reads! took our program participants on a trip around the world on Summer Learning Day!