More Milk Zuri?!
Follow the story of Zuri’s quest - how can genetics help her to produce enough milk for all of the children in her village? This resource has been designed for pupils aged 8 to 14 years old and has interdisciplinary curriculum links with science, social science, literacy and sustainability.
More Milk Zuri?! is a story which explores how genetics can be used to help an African cow produce enough milk for all the children in her village.
This interdisciplinary learning resource has been designed for pupils aged 8 to 14 years old and has science curriculum links with cells, inheritance and topical science as well as linking in with social science, literacy and learning for sustainability.
The story told in the comic is based in East Africa. Many of words that the author of the comic used are Swahili and even some of the characters names have Swahili meaning.
I have worked in Tanzania in the past and wanted to make a comic that was sympathetic to the traditional African storytelling style. We decided to give the three main characters in the comic African names like ‘Zuri’, which is Swahili for ‘beautiful’, ‘Busara’, which means ‘wise’ and ‘Elewa’, which means ‘understand’.
The comic has also been translated into Swahili – the official language of East Africa – schools in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are able to access this classroom resource.
What does the resource include?
- Pupil worksheet for each learner to document their learning (can be use for assessment)
- More Milk Zuri?! Comic to introduce the lesson
- Teaching Guide to provide support and information for teachers using the resource
- Class Presentation for teachers to use with their learners in the classroom
- Real-Life Research Non-Fiction Reading Text to be used to talk about the real-world science that is happening at The University of Edinburgh
- More Milk Zuri?! Game a table top game that pupils use to select bulls with different qualities and characteristics, to produce future generations of cows that are healthier and more productive.
- give young learners the opportunity to engage with real-life science
- to show how science can be used to solve real-world problems
- provide access to current scientific research
- promote inspiration around STEM subjects and careers in STEM
Through bringing this resource into your classroom, your learners will have the opportunity see how science can be used to solve real-world problems:
- developing their knowledge and understanding of DNA and inheritance
- exploring global issues and global citizenship
- revealing other cultures and stimulating curiosity and self-reflection
- exploring sustainable practicies in farming and food security
- exercising critical thinking skills through discussion and problem solving
- strengthening their communication skills through working with their peers and sharing their ideas and experiences
Science Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (Second and Third Level)
By exploring the characteristics offspring inherit when living things reproduce, I can distinguish between inherited and non-inherited characteristics. SCN 2-14b
Through research and discussion, I have an appreciation of the contribution that individuals are making to scientific discovery and invention and the impact this has made on society. SCN 2-20a
I understand the processes of fertilisation and embryonic development and can discuss possible risks to the embryo. SCN 3-14a
I have collaborated with others to find and present information on how scientists from Scotland and beyond have contributed to innovative research and development. SCN 3-20a
Literacy Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (Second and Third Level)
When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking. LIT 2-02a
To show my understanding across different areas of learning, I can identify and consider the purpose and main ideas of a text and use supporting detail. LIT 2-16a
To show my understanding, I can respond to literal, inferential and evaluative questions and other close reading tasks and can create different kinds of questions of my own. ENG 2-17a
When I engage with others, I can make a relevant contribution, encourage others to contribute and acknowledge that they have the right to hold a different opinion. I can respond in ways appropriate to my role and use contributions to reflect on, clarify or adapt thinking. LIT 3-02a
To show my understanding across different areas of learning, I can:
To show my understanding, I can comment, with evidence, on the content and form of short and extended texts, and respond to literal, inferential and evaluative questions and other types of close reading tasks. ENG 3-17a
Social Studies Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (Second and Third Level)
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