This project was made popular on the FrEdMail Network by Dennis
Sayers, a sysop located in Connecticut. It's a great one to introduce right before
the holidays. Students will enjoy asking their relatives the proverbs they know and
will return to class with a wealth of proverbs to share. The proverbs will be
classified, put on a database, and sent to distant schools who will do the same. Students
will compare the proverbs from around the world and produce an international booklet of
proverbs as a final project.
Suggested Grade Level
3rd to 12th
Estimated Time Required
4 to 6 weeks
Student Learning Objectives
- To understand the cultural transmission of proverbs
- To practice surveying, analyzing, and comparing data
- To practice word processing and database skills
- To participate in an international, cooperative activity
- To engage in electronic transfer of information
This project was made popular on the FrEdMail Network by Dennis Sayers.
Your assignment is to ask parents, relatives, and friends for proverbs they have
heard passed down from generation to generation. A database will then be made to classify
the collected proverbs from around the world. They will be compared and compiled into an
international booklet of proverbs.
Where learned: __________________________
Name, age of student:_____________________
Classification: Physical Characteristics
Proverb: Don't judge a book by its cover
Name: John Smith
School: Lincoln Junior High School
Location: Oceanside, California, U.S.A.
Classification: Personal Habits
Proverb: The early bird catches the worm
Name: Sally Jones
School: Bell Junior High
Location: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.