Younger Fives Present a Halloween Goodie Bag: UNICEF Comic, Travel Interview, and Slideshow

A note from Five of Hearts about the comic: I wanted to make this comic because I wanted to spread the word about trick-or-treating for UNICEF. It was a lot of fun. Storyboard That was a great tool and really helped. And I am looking forward to making more comics to teach people about other things. We have created an online Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF page, and we hope you can help us support UNICEF!
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UNICEF Part 1

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UNICEF Part 2

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An Interview with the Younger Fives about Halloween, Poverty, and UNICEF

What is your favorite part of trick-or-treating on the fly?
High Five: I like having glow stick lights, all of the colors.
Five Ball: Well… I actually I jest like spending the time together and having fun.
Five of Hearts: I really like how each Halloween we are in a different place so we have new opportunity’s each Halloween.

When did you first notice that some kids have a lot and other kids have very little?
High Five: I saw kids who wanted to wash our Mazda 5.
Five Ball: La Paz. I saw kids washing cars.
Five of Hearts: In San Cristobal de las Casas I saw instead of kids playing kids were working. That is what really made me realize what poverty is.

How does seeing kids with very little make you feel?
High Five: Sad because they don’t do their school.
Five Ball: Sad because they don’t have a home.
Five of Hearts: It makes me feel very sad. And makes me want to do something to help them.

Why do you think UNICEF is important?
High Five: UNICEF helps kids have water, medicine, and food.
Five Ball:UNICEF helps kids.
Five of Hearts:Because UNICEF helps people have a better life.

 

The Fives’ Look at Halloweens Past

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Constitution Day in Mexico

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What is a constitution? Why do countries make them, especially after a battle of independence? As Mexico celebrated its own constitution on the 5th of February, we spent the day exploring these questions and studying Mexico’s unique role in history by guaranteeing more than just political rights for its people.

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After some initial brainstorming on what a constitution is, we jumped into studying the path that brought Mexico’s constitutions into being. We turned to our favorite source of history videos, Crash Course, to look at the Spanish empire and how imperialism eventually led to an independent Mexico and its first Constitution. While the videos are geared more to a high school audience, they have enough catchy visuals and jokes to keep the Younger Fives’ attention while giving them a great chance to start to ponder the lessons of history.

The kids then got to see the progression of Mexico’s three major constitutions, enacted in 1824, 1857, and 1917 respectively. They definitely noticed the increase in the number and types of rights through time, and they started to connect how each Constitution was a response to the conflict that preceded it (i.e. the 1824 Constitution, written soon after independence, specifically states “The Mexican nation is sovereign and free from the Spanish government and any other nation”). The 1917 Constitution really spoke to them, with its promises of equal treatment under the law for men and women, a free and secular education for all, and an eight-hour work day with a day off each week. This was actually the first constitution in the world to address these kinds of social rights, and we can see why the people of Mexico are so proud of it.

Inspired by the lessons of the day and by our previous reading of A Life Like MineFive of Hearts took to making a constitution of her own, in comic form. If countries across the globe could live up to these same guarantees for their people, what a different world we would live in.

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A Comic Walk Through the Arroyo

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During our road trip across North America this past year, the Younger Fives have spent a lot of time pouring over the books in their fun bags. Collections of comics have always been a hot commodity in the backseat of the Mazda5. When we’re not in the car, comics often form a major part of our homeschool as well.

Through the great resource Free Technology for Teachers, teacher Richard Byrne has introduced us to some wonderful comics about topics ranging from world hunger to climate science and chemistry. The kids really look forward to the days when they can read about the lives of children in a remote Brazilian village or about the adventures of Selenia, a girl from another planet that can work chemistry magic in her classroom. They also have loved reading the comics students from Nicaragua have created about their lives (part of a Comics Exchange program led by cartoonist and educator Marek Bennett).

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With all of these sources of inspiration, the Younger Fives finally starting creating some comics of their own. For their first topic they wanted to focus on a part of their daily life, so they all spent the morning making a comic about our daily walk through the arroyo (dry stream bed) near our rental here in La Paz, Mexico. We hope you have as much fun reading the comics and they had making them!

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High Five, Age 3

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Five Ball, Age 5. Click to see a larger image.

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Five of Hearts, Age 7. Click to see a larger image.