Box #5: Family & Community


This box contains materials to recreate a Senegalese meal and tea ceremony and to look into tracing personal histories, including sets of hand-carved teak wood hippopotamus families to represent different family structures.. Also, find children's literature written by Senegalese authors and search the webpage for other relevant books and resources. Each artifact is accompanied by a card describing the cultural context of the artifact, suggestions for how it can be used in the classroom, and how it may compliment other artifacts in the box.


This Artifact Box is related to the themes of globalization, popular culture, and personal history. However, this box focuses on the family and community life of Senegal and how it can be used as a tool to help us look at our own lives and communities. Each unit meets many Michigan standards and benchmarks.

About the author(s)

This artifact box was developed by Stephanie Evergreen with the assistance of Mrs. Fatou Kandji. The author and preparer of this box specializes in early childhood education and the classroom units were arranged with this in mind, but she also fully believes that this material can be successfully adapted to any grade level.

Location Information

This box is kept at the Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency [KRESA] and can be borrowed for use in your classroom. If you are interested in borrowing this Curriculum Artifact box please print the Inventory form for Box #5 and follow the check out procedure.

When obtaining this artifact box, please refer to the box title code: 101640.