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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
The goal of this activity is to show visually patterns of ownership and wealth across the globe. Both books photographically depict families around the world. In Material World, families place all of their worldly belongings in their yard for a picture. In Hungry Planet, photographs reveal the eating habits of 30 families from 24 different countries. Photographs are both respectful and honest, revealing the large discrepancy in what people in different parts of the world own and eat.
Show the children the pictures that you have selected and share information from the books. Ask questions like:
It is important to remember as you plan and lead this activity that some children in the group might be homeless or living below the poverty line. Be careful to use language that includes this possibility and that does not assume all of the children come from financially wealthy homes. Avoid language that refers to people with less money or people living in other countries as if they are "different" from these children, or in a category of "other."
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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