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KIDS and FAIR TRADE: A Teacher’s and Parent’s Guide
Using the Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala Coloring Book

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The Guide and Ideas to Help Use It Effectively

Since the Guide is made up of six lessons, it can be used in an intense program for about one hour a day over about five days or in a once a week situation for five or more weeks. If only limited time is available, it can be useful to present even one or two lessons of the guide.

Each lesson contains the following sections:

  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Materials
  • Vocabulary
  • Learning Activities
  • Assessment

The Background information in each lesson helps teachers or parents to effectively lead students in the questions and analysis contained in the Learning Activities. Some lessons include a section with notes on further exploration. A separate list of related resources is provided on the Links page.

The recommended grade levels for use of the Guide range from grades three to five. However the content of Lessons 4, 5 and 6 also makes them appropriate for grades 6 to 8. Though the six lessons of the guide build on and relate to one another, a teacher could adjust the content of each lesson according to needs of a particular class. For example, arts and crafts from other countries and cultures could also be used and some of the learning activities applied to them. This guide is designed for use by parents and teachers in the USA and Canada.

The bilingual text of Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala coloring book helps make it especially useful in multicultural and Spanish language classes. For information on how to purchase the coloring book click HERE.

In a number of the lessons, it is recommended to show students some Maya traditional arts items or items made for Fair Trade. Such items may be purchased on web sites (see Links page) if there is no Fair Trade store nearby. But even if there are no actual examples to show your class, it is possible to use this guide effectively by referring to the drawings in the coloring book, or to facilitate class discussion by using very large photocopies of several of the illustrations in Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala coloring book.

The lessons of the guide present a number of learning objectives, but the primary goal is to give context to Fair Trade by relating it to Maya Arts and Crafts. The guide helps students to understand Fair Trade and to learn about Maya culture simultaneously. The final purpose of this guide is to encourage students to have empathy for Maya artisans and others who benefit from Fair trade, and who without it would often not make a "living wage."

Terms of Use:

For the Teacher's and Parents Guide: Educators and Parents are encouraged to reproduce this Guide for use in the classroom or at home with children. If you use these materials, please email: manderson@igc.org. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvements!

For Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala Coloring Book: After purchasing at least one copy of the coloring book, educators may photocopy individual drawings for students in a classroom setting. Those making use of this privilege are invited to consider a contribution of any size toward printing coloring books for children in Guatemala. Checks should be made out to our fiscal sponsor, Rights Action (with Pro Arte Maya written on the memo line). Mail contributions to: Marilyn Anderson, 34 Nicholson Street, Rochester, NY 14620. All checks are forwarded to Rights Action.

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