PA PA PAA: Teach About Fairtrade and Cocoa Comic relief KS2, KS3

Grow: living in Mim

What is it like to live in Mim? Use photos and accounts of daily life to find out:

Planning the lesson

This lesson involves reading, understanding and extracting information about life in a cocoa farming village from a variety of evidence.

You have a choice whether to use the photo of Mim from the paid-for Pa Pa Paa photo pack, print out the photo of Mim, or use the online Mim interactive.


(10 minutes)

Mim_KimNaylorUse Google Maps to locate Mim. Just type 'Mim Ghana' and you will find it. Show the class where Mim is on the map of Ghana and point out Kumasi, the nearest city.

Show a photo of Mim from the Pa Pa Paa photo pack or print Photo: Mim village. Elicit from students as much information as possible about Mim from the photo. Printout: Mim photo teacher info contains information about the photo.

Alternatively, you can use the online Interactive – Mim village with the class to explore Mim.

Explain that students are now going to find out much more about the village by reading about daily life. (back to top)

Main activity

(70 mins)

Group work

Divide the class into groups of 3. Explain that each member of the group will be working with different information and that to get the best possible idea of what it is like to live in Mim they will have to share information and work together.

Give each group:

(* This is best of the first three for students who find reading difficult.)

If you have the Pa Pa Paa photo pack, you can hand out a photo of Lynda too.

Ask them to title the location report 'Mim Village'. Using the day in the life material and the letter, students need to extract as much information as possible about the village and fill in appropriate boxes on the report. They can record their information as short phrases or key words or sketches.

Give out a second copy of the location report and ask students to write the name of their town or village on the top. Working as a group, they should fill in the boxes with appropriate information. (back to top)


(20 minutes)

What have students discovered about Mim village? Ask what students think it would be like to live there. Would they like to live in or visit Mim? (Give reasons for their answers.) How does Mim compare to their locality?


Ask students to write a descriptive paragraph on Mim and their home town or village using the information in the boxes.

Students can provide photographic evidence for their description of their home locality using photos from home, brochures or the internet.

Ask students to produce their own day in the life or ask an adult in their family about their average day and produce one for them. (back to top)