Making an Iraq Flag
Purpose: Students will know what an Iraq flag looks like and produce a miniature version out of cloth.
Materials: Students will need black cloth, white cloth, red cloth, green cloth, glue, star template, scissors, and a green marker.
Student procedure: Following the large example of an Iraq flag in the front of the room, students will glue their precut fabric pieces together in the correct color order. They will then cut out green stars using the star template and glue them in the correct location. Students will copy the Arabic message on their flag in the correct location.
Extensions: Students will clean up their area and proceed to helping other students with their flag
Making Iraqi Cardamom Cookies
Purpose: Students will have fun making cookies while learning about traditional Iraqi foods, spices, and baking techniques.
Materials: Teacher will provide two sets of bowls, measuring cups & spoons, baking pans, mixers, and cookie scoops for students use. Ingredients for recipe includes flour, cardamom, salt, baking powder, sugar, eggs, ground almonds, and whole almonds.
Procedure: Each group of students will make half a recipe of cookie dough mixing ¾ cup of sugar and 2 eggs with electric mixer. Stir in one cup of flour, ½ teaspoon of cardamom, ¼ teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder. Add one cup of ground almonds and mix well. Fill cookie scoop with dough and place on baking sheet. Flatten with your hand and place one hole almond in the center of each cookie.
Extensions: Students will clean up area while cookies are baking. When cookies are done, students can talk quietly with their friends and enjoy their creations.
Comparing weather in Iraq with Spokane
Purpose: Students will learn about the weather in the different parts of Iraq, including storms, precipitation, and temperature.
Materials: Students will need two pieces of 11×17 paper divided into four sections and color crayons.
Procedure: Students will label one sheet of paper “Spokane Weather” and label each of the four sections “Fall”, “Winter”, “Spring”, and “Summer”. Students will draw a picture of Spokane weather for each of the seasons including precipitation if applicable and temperature range. Students will then label the other sheet of paper “Iraqweather” and do the same activity for each season including storms, if applicable.
Extensions: Students will clean up their area, turn in their pictures, then choose a book from the “Iraq book basket” and sit at their desk reading until all the students have finished their pictures.
Iraqi dress up
Purpose: Students will learn traditional dress for Iraqi men and women and the religious beliefs behind the dress. Students will experiment with different samples of cloth imitating the traditional dress.
Materials: Students will need many different samples of cloth in different colors and safety pins to secure the cloth.
Procedure: After discussing traditional Iraqi dress and seeing many pictures, students will play dress up with pieces of sample cloth. Students will show the class their chosen outfit and explain the significance using the correct terms. Teacher will assess their outfits checking for accuracy.
Extensions: Students will sit in their desks after they have chosen their outfit and watch their classmates presentations on outfits.
Land Use in Iraq
Purpose: Students will learn about crops produced and the locations of production in Iraq. Students will also learn how the rest of the country is used in its natural context.
Materials: Students will have a blank map of Iraq with the exception of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers labeled. Students will also have a dish of barley, cotton balls, rice, and wheat. Students will use stickers for vegetables and dates.
Procedure: Students will look at the large land use map at the front of the room and glue their crops in the appropriate place on their map of Iraq. Students will place the stickers in the appropriate places for vegetables and dates.
Extensions: Student will turn in their land use maps to the teacher, clean up their area, and choose a book from the “Iraq book basket” and sit at their desks reading until all students have finished their maps.
Writing letters to U.S. soldiers in Iraq
Purpose: Students will feel more involved with the conflict inIraq. Students will express their feelings to the soldiers in Iraq, thanking them for their service. Students will also practice writing skills.
Procedure: Students will be given large lined paper. Several different letter opening and closing statements are written on the board for students to copy. Students will write a letter to a soldier serving in Iraq. Students will bring their sloppy copy to the teacher for editing. When students are satisfied with their work, they will copy the letter on nice paper and draw a picture at the top. Teacher will mail the letters to the appropriate location.
Extensions: Students who finish may write additional letters to soldiers.