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Display the 7 principles of Kwanzaa in a one-of-a-kind accordion window book.
Invite students to find out about the celebration of Kwanzaa in African American communities. Invite guests to share family rituals and the history of Kwanzaa. Define and discuss the seven principles of Kwanzaa: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work & responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith).
Challenge students to identify the significance of these and other symbols of Kwanzaa: mkeka (woven mat), kinara (candle holder), mshumaa (7 candles), muhindi (ear of corn), kikcombe cha umoja (cup of unity), zawadi (gifts), and karamu (feast). Discuss each of these as a whole class activity.
Ask students to create an accordian book representing their learning about Kwanzaa. Students begin by folding a large white paper in half so the shorter edges meet. Fold in half again, joining shorter edges. Fold in half once more, joining shorter edges. Open folded paper to reveal eight rectangular sections.
Use Crayola® Scissors to cut into the long lengthwise fold from one edge into the paper until reaching the third intersection of folds. Leave the final two rectangles connected.
Cut diamond, oval, or square windows into each of the unconnected rectangles, making each window smaller as you get closer to the connected rectangles. Leave connected rectangles whole.
Accordion-fold pages in from the outside so the unconnected rectangles are in the back.
Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils or Color Sticks to design each window frame with the name of a principle. The first frame can be designed with the name of Kwanzaa and its meaning. Encourage students to include small symbol drawings on each page. Shade finished pages by holding colored pencils so the tip is on its side.
Provide a time during the school day for students to share their Kwanzaa Window Books with small groups of classmates.
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