School Days

School Days Programs

Multicultural “journeys” to Africa, Asia and Latin America are appropriate for all ages (Kindergarten-University). Our programs are interactive, fun, engaging, educational and support and enrich State Education Department standards/curricula. Shows utilize Michael Harrold’s photography (powerpoint presentations), artifacts (a traveling museum) and anecdotes (story-teller extraordinaire) to create a unique and enthralling exploration of the world. Programs vary from 45 to 75 minutes and can be customized (with regards to countries and topics) to meet your requirements. We normally perform one or two shows (from 100 to 500 students) and then conduct workshops with smaller groups (50 to 100) enabling further Question and Answer and the chance to see and touch artifacts from around the world.

Here is a list of Grade specific programs that correspond to N.Y., N.J., Connecticut and Pennsylvania State Social Studies mandates/standards:

Grade 3 Communities of the World:
Third-graders (in N.Y.) begin a survey of the world (map skills, continents, oceans, ecosystems and habitats) and study urban, suburban and rural communities.  Our show contrasts urban and rural communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America (emphasis on rural), introduces the concept “culture” and depicts how people in villages are self-sufficient (living in homes they built (natural resources) without electricity, running water and indoor plumbing – the Real World).

Grade 5 Latin America and the Rain Forest:
Fifth-graders study the Western Hemisphere (emphasis on U.S. History).  Our show ventures into Latin America and studies the geography, history (Aztec, Maya and Inca and the coming of the explorers and subsequent conflicts and conquests) and the diverse cultures of this region (indigenous, mestizo).  The program covers Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Cuba.  The Amazon Rain Forest is included but Jambo Productions offers a more detailed Rain Forest show.

Grade 6 Ancient Civilizations:
Sixth-graders explore the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India and China. Our show focuses on the world's most heralded ancient civilization - Egypt - and can include India and China. Students "journey" to Egypt visiting the Nile River Valley and the famous historical sites (Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Pyramids at Giza and King Tut's Tomb in the Valley of the Kings). Topics discussed include geography (desert, oasis, river valley), religion (polytheism, after life and tomb building) and a brief glance at modern Egypt.

Grades 9 & 10 Global Studies/Regents Review:
Beginning with the ancient river valley civilizations (specifically Egypt) and the transformation from Paleolithic Times to Neolithic Times, the program investigates the religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians and examines religions of the non-Western world - Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Students will "journey" to the sites of these religions and learn how the adherents incorporate these religions into their daily existence (Hindus in Varanasi, India; Buddhists in Southeast Asia; Muslims in Egypt; animists in Sub-Saharan Africa). Additional concepts include cultural diffusion, ethnocentrism, tribalism, nationalism, urbanization, subsistence, developed vs. developing world and  globalization .


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