Together classes are working on a book about buildings in the US and Rwanda. What started as a list of 28 soon grew. In Rwanda, the first step was to go to the library or use their textbooks to research their building. Then they drew and wrote about them. This was a great opportunity to teach each other not only what the buildings look like but how the building is used, such as a courthouse, museum, cybercafé, hardware store.
Did you know there were no train stations in Rwanda? No fire stations in THEIR community? The kids know about trains and firetrucks which led to a great discussion. I just read that the first fire truck was given in 2000 and now there are 12 for the entire country.
Next year we hope the children can visit some of the buildings and we can take photos to make a book.