Text Overview: This is a true story about the village of Hargigo, which is located by the Red Sea in the African country of Eritrea. The climate is very hot and dry, and it is difficult for plants to grow with very little rain. The families and animals do not have enough to eat. Dr. Gordon Sato is a Japanese-American scientist who started the mangrove tree project. Mangrove trees grow in salt water. By planting trees along the sea, people earned money, animals became healthier, and the community had more food to eat. While creating our beautiful mural, we thought carefully about these questions:
How did the mangrove trees help the community?
How did the community of Hargigo become more successful?
Why is The Mangrove Tree an important story to share?
By studying this text, students were able to learn scientific concepts about how plants grow in various climates. They were able to make a real life to connection to a part of the world that is struggling withh drought and famine. Students were also able to learn about how changes can be made to benefit a community. Furthermore, they were encouraged to think critically about why this text was created, and the various perspectives that are represented in the story. A great text for primary and junior students, and art is just fantastic!