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Quick! Pack your yurt in a camel-drawn cart! Join nomadic shepherds in Mongolia as you roam central Asia’s steppes to find greener pastures for your animals.
For hundreds of years, Mongolian nomads have been on the move in search of pastures for their yaks, goats, sheep, cows, camels, and horses. Ask students how this way of life may have affected their housing. What materials do they use to construct their yurts? Invite students to investigate more about these people who live much like than ancestors did. Organize text and electronic resources to assist with this study.
Provide time for students to share their learning in small groups or as a whole class experience. Then have students prepare to make a replica of their portable homes called gers (yurt in Turkish). Here are some suggestions to get started.
Use Crayola Model Magic® Naturals or blend white Model Magic with color from Crayola Washable Multicultural Markers to create the color of felt used by the nomads. On a cardboard base, place a ring of Crayola Model Magic. Insert craft sticks into the Model Magic to form the rounded skeleton of the ger. Or cover a round recycled plastic container such as a margarine tub with Model Magic.
Doors on gers face south and have intricate carvings. Students use craft sticks to carve door designs in the modeling compound. With Crayola Scissors, cut fabric to drape over or inside the ger. Remind students that the home must be ready to pack up and be on the move within an hour!
Ask students to imagine guests are coming to their yurt. What do would serve them? Airag (mares’ milk) is traditionally offered to visitors. Share what you’ve learned with your classmates as graciously as you would welcome visitors to your ger during this visit.
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