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Spread the Word: Balajimanha
Balajimanha
Season 1  |  Episode 9  |  Disney Channel  |  November 7, 2019

The gymnastics instructor keeps fumbling when he tries to explain to his students a very specific action: lying on their belly. Luckily our friend from the Wajarri community in Western Australia comes to the rescue, with a word exactly for that: balajimanha. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages truly have words for everything!
Suggested Classroom Activities: Physical education: Play Simon Says or Captains Coming and include the instruction 'balajimanha', meaning "lie down on your stomach". Inferencing/Higher order thinking: The word balajimanha comes from the wajarri community in Western Australia where there is a lot of desert. Why might you need to tell someone to lie down on their stomach in the desert?

The gymnastics instructor keeps fumbling when he tries to explain to his students a very specific action: lying on their belly. Luckily our friend from the Wajarri community in Western Australia comes to the rescue, with a word exactly for that: balajimanha. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages truly have words for everything!
Suggested Classroom Activities: Physical education: Play Simon Says or Captains Coming and include the instruction 'balajimanha', meaning "lie down on your stomach". Inferencing/Higher order thinking: The word balajimanha comes from the wajarri community in Western Australia where there is a lot of desert. Why might you need to tell someone to lie down on their stomach in the desert?

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