Africa Lesson Plans

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Contributions, Animals, and Major Regions of Africa

Critical Issues Facing Africa Worksheets

Explorers Teaching Theme | A Glance At Africa

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  1. Africa: Comparison and Contrast Paper- Students compare two places in Africa that differ vastly.
  2. Africa Unit Plan- A huge list of classroom ideas.
  3. Africa and Us- Students will identify places that a child living in South Africa and they themselves might want to visit.
  4. Africa/North America: How do we Compare Materially? - Given a picture, students will make a list of possessions for an African or American family, then select and justify what they think would be one of the family's most valued possessions.
  5. Africa: Not Just One Big Safari - Students will draw a picture of an African city that includes places similar to those found in U.S. cities.
  6. Africa's Aswan High Dam- Build a model of a dam and label it correctly.
  7. African Clothing- Children will correctly identify examples of everyday clothing and special occasion clothing worn in Africa.
  8. African Rain Forests- Students will draw a picture and label the layers of a rain forest in Africa.
  9. African Savanna- The students will be able to distinguish between different animals and their role on the African Savanna.
  10. African Savanna- Almost web quest like.
  11. African Folktales- Sometimes it is wise to follow the advice of others and at other times it will only bring disaster. To know when to obey can be the problem. This lesson will focus on stories from South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria and character traits valued in those cultures.
  12. Africa's Geographic Features- The students will learn of Africa's geographic diversity after answering the questions and locating its geographic features. The students will have a visual picture of these features by viewing them on the Internet.
  13. African Cities Are Modern- Students will create a mobile that compares the way of life in modern cities in Africa to rural villages in Africa.
  14. AIDS in Africa: The global impact - To teach the students about life,health,and death due to the effects of HIV/AIDS here in the United States and in another country.
  15. Ancient Africa's Connection to Today- Ancient Africa's historical contributions are told though the eyes of a spider, Anansi, and his search calabash game. Fabric art is optional.
  16. Are There Really Fifty-Three Nations Within Africa?- Children will, on a map of Africa, will recognize the difference between a nation and a continent.
  17. Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder - Students will create a poster showing how two different cultures strive for beauty.
  18. Building an African Compound (Shelter)- Students will contribute in small groups to creating a model of a compound that might be found in a rural African village.
  19. Character Traits and People in Black History- Students read a one-page biographical essay and write in paragraph form how an African American has demonstrated a certain character trait.
  20. Communicating Values and History Through Masks- The students will create an African style mask that depicts a value or character trait that is important in their community.
  21. Cultural Exposure- This lesson explains why and how colonist attitudes towards the Native Americans and African Americans changed over time.
  22. Everyday Life in Africa- Students will compare the life of a boy in Africa with their own lives.
  23. Exploring African Music - Students will come to appreciate African Music and the rich culture it represents.
  24. Far and Near- The student will draw a picture and write a sentence showing how his or her life is similar to that of children in Africa.
  25. From Africa to America - To understand and appreciate an excerpt from an autobiography.
  26. Hunting and Gathering in the African Rain Forest- Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Mbuti people hunting and gathering in the African rain forest, by writing a story about a Mbuti hunting or gathering food.
  27. Learning About Africa- In this lesson, students will write about a location in Africa. They will choose a place and write a short story featuring them as the main character. The short story would be about something they would do in their setting if they lived there.
  28. Learning about Slavery - Students will be able to locate on a map the places in Africa where the majority of slaves came from.
  29. Life in Villages of Africa- Students will complete a chart comparing and contrasting African villages with their own communities.
  30. Material World: Comparing the U.S. and Ethiopia- Students will create a flip book which identifies similarities and differences between their lives and that of a family in Ethiopia.
  31. Music in Africa -Children will recognize different types of instruments and voices used in traditional African Music.
  32. Ndebele Object Painting - The learner will organize the components of a work into a cohesive whole through knowledge of organizational principles of design and art elements.
  33. Slavery through the Ages- Students work in groups to define slavery in three different cultures. Students will be given information on slavery in Greek, Roman, and African cultures, and then after some discussion, they will be asked to answer questions on the topic.
  34. Stories from Africa- This lesson looks at elephants.
  35. Seven Natural Wonders of Africa- Students will draw a picture of and write a few sentences telling about their favorite natural wonder of Africa.
  36. The Sahara Desert- The children will create a watercolor picture of the Sahara Desert and label it.
  37. Swahili Numbers and The African Tradition and Origin of Spirituals - We are going to review some of the swahili words we have learned. We will also investigate topics on Slavery, Spirituals, Law Pertaining to Owning Slaves, Adversity.
  38. The Achievements and Challenges of Zimbabwe- This unit is intended to focus on some of those aspects of Zimbabwean life and history that are of great significance to understanding the people of Zimbabwe today and their situation.
  39. The African Slave Trade - The students will share their feelings about the enslavement of Africans as they write journal entries discussing the lesson's activities.
  40. The Politics of Numia: A Post-Colonial Roleplay Game- his roleplay gives students a sense of the give and take of the political process by asking students to play the role of political parties (each with its own constituency, resources and objectives) trying to form a coalition government in the fictional African nation of Numia.
  41. Trekking to Timbuktu: Trade in Ancient West Africa- Trade has played an important role in the economy of West Africa since very early times. As early as 300 AD, camel caravans carried salt from mines in the Sahara Desert to trading centers along the Niger River in present-day Mali.
  42. What is a griot? - Students will be become familiar with the purpose and importance of the West African griot.
  43. Women in Africa: Tradition and Change- While a single lesson plan cannot fully explore the variety and complexity of African life, in this lesson students can gain insight into the lives of some black women in Sub-Saharan Africa by adopting a perspective that is in part traditional, based on the arts of African village life, and in part postcolonial, based on the work of African women writing in English and French today.
  44. Yoruba Naming Ceremonies - Students will write a sentence describing how their name is similar or different to Yoruba children's names.
  45. Zaire: The land of dense forests - Explaining about the location of equatorial forests of the world. To know about the climate, vegetation, wildlife, people, food and crops, minerals, industry, water resources, etc of Zaire.