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 can use our paid-for Pa Pa Paa photo pack for this lesson, but it's not essential.
Use 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)
Group workDivide 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:
- Printout: A day in the life of Juliana and Collins
- Printout: A day in the life of Lynda*
- Printout: Letter from Victor
- Printout: Location report
(* 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 photos of Lynda and Victor 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)
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)