Lesson ideas and worksheets
A board game to understand more about life in Rwanda
This simple classroom game helps pupils to compare their lives with that of eleven-year-old Rose from Rwanda. Children can look at similarities and differences with their lives and have fun making their own game, deciding how the game works and discussing whether things in Rose’s life are positive or negative. You can introduce her to your class using interactive content on our kids site, Cowforce.com.
Something for younger children about Send a Cow
If you are supporting Send a Cow in some way, or running an event, this sheet will give children something fun to colour in and take home. It is taken from the CowPower animation and very simply sums up how a cow can help a family in Africa. A PowerPoint file of the animation is included too.
Use the Povertron to compare lifestyles
The Povertron is a machine used by Gold the cow on Cowforce.com to compare everyday items in a kitchen in the UK with their Ugandan equivalents. So, when she points to the electric light bulb, the Povertron converts it to a paraffin lamp in Uganda. This can lead to some interesting discussion about ways of life, consumption and what it means to be poor. The Spot the difference sheet is a simple activity to record learning from this activity.
Compare life in the UK with a Rwandan child's day
Linked to Rose’s day on the Cowforce.com website, these lesson ideas help pupils to compare their daily lives with those of Rose from Rwanda. They can fill in activities on a time circle and read more information about her day, prompting further discussion and learning about living in a diverse world.
Visit a Rwandan orphan's house
These lessons can help pupils to understand what everyday life is like for a child in Rwanda and link to the African Rose page on the Cowforce.com website. Rose shows visitors around her house and supporting resources explain more about her life and look at the concepts of ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. A Google Earth file is also provided, locating Rose’s house in Rwanda.
Fly through tours bringing Africa into 3D with Google Earth
These lesson ideas and the tour file will help introduce Africa to your class. Try visiting Tazo’s Tour on Cowforce.com and use the Google Earth fly through to teach about landforms, population densities and vegetation cover. Or simply use Tazo’s Tour along with the lesson ideas to bring further learning about the continent. The tours are visually impressive and add an extra dimension to learning about Africa. If you haven’t got Google Earth, download it for free using this link http://www.earth.google.com
Ideas and exploration of Send a Cow and poverty
Four RE lesson ideas based around the subjects of poverty and making a difference. They are written for the RE topics of Barriers & Bridges, Journeys, Sacred Texts and Questions & Mysteries. Pupils are asked to look at why there is poverty in Africa and can read about how Send a Cow started, the ideas link to resources on Cowforce.com. You can view our values using the link below.
Fun, small group game from Rwanda
Simple but fun playground game
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