1. “Adopt a Laureate” and create a display or interactive game
Having your students create a visual – and ideally, interactive – display is one way to share what students have learned about their adopted Laureate(s). During the Festival, your students will arrange their display on a table and share their display with students and honored guests. They will also learn from other student displays, which last year included an oversized crossword puzzle, a wheel of Laureates and a matching game of Laureates and facts about them. Teachers and students should feel free to develop displays and other visuals in creative, imaginative, and unique ways.
Displays must be staffed during the viewing time with representatives from the group. Be prepared to share what you have learned about your Laureate with the visitors. The Festival is for students from grades 3-8; displays should be appropriate for students of this age.
Quiz the Visitors: Interactive displays work best! Have the visitors answer questions and flip flaps or open doors on your display to see if they are right.
Ask Me a Question: Prepare your students to talk to visitors. Before the Festival, each student memorizes some important information about their Laureate(s). Then students can write the questions on a craft stick or a piece of paper. At the Festival, students can carry those questions in a cup or a can and ask visitors to pick a question to ask the student. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Laureate(s) by answering the question.
Simulations: Create a situation for the visitor that helps them think about the work of the Laureate(s). In years past, students have created simple physical structures that visitors can enter to represent their Laureate(s). For example, a Habitat for Humanity house was built in honor of Jimmy Carter’s work. People who studied Jodi Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines simulated a mine field.
Offer take-aways: Visitors may like to have a student-made book mark or button to remind them of what they have learned about the Laureate(s). Simple, student-created items are the most meaningful.
Incorporate artwork: Some groups have chosen to incorporate artwork at their table in addition to the display.
2. Perform a song, dance or poem to honor a Peace Prize Winner
Performances must be no longer than four minutes and should be appropriate for students from grades 3-8. All performances will be held on the floor or simple stage; no choral risers or special staging is available. Some groups will perform during the sharing session of the Festival and some will be chosen by the Festival to be performed during the opening or closing session of the Festival. All performances during the opening and closing sessions will be streamed live online and will be archived
Poetry or spoken word: Groups have alternated their Laureate’s words with student written comments or observations
Songs: Songs written by the students that teach the viewers about the Laureate(s) have been successful. Songs can also be related to peace themes. Groups have included simple movements to coordinate with their song.
Dance: Dance can be directly related to peace themes or created specifically to honor the chosen Laureate(s).
3. Attend and be inspired!
If you are not performing or presenting a display, we encourage teachers to familiarize students with the featured Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Muhammad Yunus.
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