by Mimi Stender
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Sahara - Largest Desert in the World
Islam - The major cultural and
religious influence in North
Commodity - an agricultural or
mining product that can be sold
Sahel - a strip of dry grasslands on the
southern border of the Sahara; also known as
"the shore of the desert"
Plantation -a usually large group
of plants and especially trees
under cultivation, settlement in
a new country or region
Colonization - Physical process whereby the colonizer takes
over another place, putting its own government in charge and
either moving its own people into the place or bringing in
indentured outsiders to gain control of the people and the land
Savannah - a large flat area of land
covered with grass and very few trees,
which is found in hot countries
Grasslands - a large open area
of country covered with grass,
typically used for grazing
Galimoto - A toy vehicle
Famine - An enormous shortage of food over a
wide area of living. People starve during
Poverty - Being very poor.
Having little or no money.
Safari- a trip to see animals in
their natural habitats or their
Students should then pick on country and
find a map of it online. They can then look
up different aspects of the country, and
label the map accordingly, such as with
individual states, land uses, average
climates, vegetations, etc.
Write an "I Am" poem in the
voice of a person living in
Write a letter to someone in the classroom
describing what it is like to live in Africa based
upon what you learned.
Research and write a paper on
a question about Africa
Paint a picture of something
related to African culture or
Make a poster about Africa
Create a Website
Make a Venn Diagram using
African culture and your culture
Write a double-entry journal
using the textbook
Make a timeline of African History
Complete a webquest
"Africa is Not a Country"
By: Margy Burns Knight, Very detailed children's book about the
culture, diversity, daily life, and
environments in Africa.
"Ashley Bryan's ABC of African
American Poetry" By: Ashley
Bryan, Wonderfully made collection of short poems
written by African American authors with bright
pictures to accompany each poem.
"Jambo Means Hello:
Swahili Alphabet Book" By:
Muriel Feelings, An alphabet book that highlights in
language and illustrations words and
cultural practices of individuals who
"Growing Up In Africa" By: Les
and Genny Nuckolls, A novel about two girls whose father takes a job at a
university in Africa. The book is full of their
adventures and the things they learned while growing
up in Africa.
"African Folk Tales (Dover Children's Thrift
Classics)" By: Hugh Vernon-Jackson, A collection of 18 stories that have been handed
down for generations among the African tribal
cultures. Features 19 lively illustrations.
"Galimoto" By Karen Lynn
Williams and Catherine Stock., A young Malawi boy goes to great lengths to collect
enough wire to make a galimoto, a toy vehicle.
"Africa (Rookie Read-About
Geography)" By: Allan
Fowler, Part of a series for emergent
readers, "Africa (Rookie
highlights cities, waterways,
nations, habitats, and other
aspects of African
"Look What Came From Africa"
By: Miles Harvey, A book that introduces its readers to
the music, art, dances, foods and
culture of Africa.
"A Glorious Age in Africa: The Story of
3 Greet African Empires" By: Daniel
Chu, "A Glorious Age in Africa" reveals the magnificent history and heritage
of Africa, and destroys the myth that Africa is a continent with no
history. The story reveals African civilization during the 8th-16th
century era, highlighting the rise of three subsequent Sudanese
"Beatrice’s Goat" By Page
McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter, A true story about a young girl from a Ugandan village who longs to go to
school. When Beatrice’s family receives a goat, Beatrice begins earning
money and eventually earns enough to pay for school.
Content Area Textbook
Use modeling to teach students
how to take notes from the
Have student read the textbook with a
partner or by themselves while taking notes.
Students break up into 5 groups. Each group
picks a region of Africa (East, North, West,
Central, and Southern) each student in the
group will read through that sections of the
textbook. The students while reading will
discover and write down the unique aspects
of their region. They will then collaborate with
their group about what they have read and
will take notes on what they have talked
about in their groups. When they are finished
they will share the information they found with
rest of the class.
Have each student make a study guide about topics discussed
and information from the book. Then as a class point out
important things that each student thinks they should know from
Complete a webquest about
Africa that can be used for
exploring the internet.
View websites about Africa, including http://allafrica.com/ and
Use Glogster to make a poster highlighting
important aspects of African life and
In addition to making a poster,
choose to use Prezi, Animoto,
or Storyboard to present
information about Africa.
Create a website about Africa.
When students split into 5 groups to study different regions of Africa in the
textbook, their creative assignment will be to create a timeline of their
region including things like colonization, battles, or anything they find
important. They will share these with the rest of the class when they finish.
As a study tool before an assessment on Africa, have class collaborate on a large
timeline (posted on the wall) of important events they have learned about Africa
that they believe are worthy to be on the test. This allows them to think critically
about the most important aspects of the unit as well as refresh their memory on
what they have learned.