Elementary school students are learning about Africa through art and drumming, thanks to the local drumming circle Ina Ma Ka and materials from Teachers Discovery.
At West Elementary School, an exhibit on African culture and art was just $400, taking the children on a fun “trip” to Africa to learn about the history and form of African art. Students learned that in Africa, art is heavily dependent on cultural identity and is often utilitarian.
“The exhibit came with so many different ways to tie it into the curriculum,” Kim Platzer, teacher at West, said. “We were able to teach music, art, social studies, math, reading and creative writing. We even had a scavenger hunt for them. It was a very encompassing project that the students had a lot of fun doing and learning from.”
Students were treated to an interactive and educational performance by the local drumming circle, In a Ma Ka. The circle members are well experienced with different forms of drumming, and walked students through the different styles.