Middle Eastern Marketplace

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In this workshop, Kristie Burns and Mohsina Mandil bring in products, clothing, and coins from the Middle East and guide children to set up a Middle Eastern Marketplace to trade their wares. Students learn a few key phrases they need to bargain at the market and the basic words for Arabic numbers. Students also create signs for their market stalls in Arabic and are given the opportunity to wear traditional clothing or accessories as they shop. This lesson always starts with some very funny traditional stories and jokes from the Middle East on the topic of money and shopping.

Workshop Details


Middle East


Social Studies, Economics, Language Arts, Music, Art



Standard Length


Room Setup

Open space with room for students to move

Supplies/Equipment Needed:

Tables and chairs

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