Most issues of FACES ® feature a country, ethnic group, or global issue. As your class studies a region of the world, have students work in small groups with appropriate issues of FACES (for instance, if you are studying the African continent, you could use the issues Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Egypt Then and Now, Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa, The Asante, The Yoruba of Nigeria, and Swahili).
- Have each group pick an issue and develop a travel brochure. (You might make some samples available.) Students could write to embassies, consulates or tourism offices to obtain information and pamphlets. A member of the community might be from a particular country and could be asked to help with the project. Also check the resources section at the end of the issue.
Each brochure should include:
- Some historic facts gathered from textbooks, FACES ®, an encyclopedia, the Internet, and perhaps recent newspapers (research component)
- Promotional copy that describes the country and its main attractions, including animal and plant life and festivals (language arts component)
- Appropriate artwork, including a map and the flag of the country (art component)
- Information about longitude / latitude, climate, language, currency, tips about local customs (geography component)
- Information about travel routes, best time of the year to visit, and approximate cost
If practical, have students produce brochures on a computer for a hands-on technology experience.
- If appropriate for your class, after studying a region, have students organize a fair to which they could bring some recipes and crafts (following instructions component) from the various issues of FACES ®, read aloud some of the folk tales, and showcase their travel brochures.
- Other Tips for Using FACES ®:
- All recent issues of FACES ® include "thinking skills" questions - use these to promote class discussions.
- Language Arts Teachers: Encourage students to contribute original poems, essays, or art that relate to future themes (due date is generally six months ahead of month of publication).
- Many issues have crossword puzzles or word games that test what students have retained after reading the magazine.
- All issues have a legend or folktale - some of these could be rewritten by students as plays or skits.
- Compare / Contrast: With each issue of FACES ® offering an in-depth look at a specific country or ethnic group, you have the opportunity to help students understand and appreciate the similarities and differences between the various cultures. How is their daily life similar to / different from that of students in your community?