This year we are studying geography using a lose set of plans called Around the World.
So far we have created a foundation for studying Geography. We explored and memorized the five themes of geography. We created tea-stained treasure maps and went on a treasure hunt. We watched a *BORING* video about geography. And we learned how to explore our area using a compass, map and GPS. It’s now time to start learning about the people and animals that live on this planet, the amazing places they live and the stories they tell. So, where are we heading first on our learning adventure? AFRICA!
For the next 6 weeks (11/4 – 12/13) we are going to learn all about Africa. We will discover the places, people, animals that call the diverse regions of Africa home. We will listen to African music. We will explore African art. We will eat African food. We will watch videos. Read. Explore. Just basically have fun!
I would like to share my plans with you. Right now this is just my notes. It is written for use with my 6th and 7th grade daughters. We are Relaxed Charlotte Mason Hands-on learners, so this may not be academically rigorous for some learners. However, we will be exploring age-level appropriate ideas.
For any younger students, I would focus on the fun parts of Africa: the music, the children, the animals, the food and the basics about the continent.
For high school students I recommend using Barb’s free High School Geography lesson plans.
These are the books/items I have purchased for creating the lesson plans. The rest of the books will be obtained from our local library.
Geography Through Art (GTA) : Scheduled one day a week.
Travel the World Cookbook (TTW): Used at end of study when we present the country to our family & friends.
Africa: Grades 3-6 (EMA) : This is the main book for notebooking and creating the schedule.
Trail Guide To World Geography (Geography Matters) (TGG): We are using this for ideas and the daily questions. If my high school student was joining us, I would have him use this book for study.
Writing a Country Report (WCA): This will be presented the end of week 6.
3 Ring Binder with the following labeled sections: The World, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, South America, North America
A student atlas (We like Rand Mcnally Classroom Atlas ).
A Globe (I have 2, one is recent, the other was my husband’s grandmothers!)
A Map of the Modern World (hangs on our wall)
Week 1 – Introducing Africa
All completed work will be filed in the student’s geography notebook under AFRICA.
Note about Language Arts: My daughters will be continuing their writing curriculum during this study at their own request. The Writing a Country Report assignments could be in place of the writing portion of any language arts program. They will be doing double the writing. (They both like writing.)
Reading: Read a book about Africa, narrate 3 fun facts learned. Read a legend or story book from Africa. Read a book about an African animal.
Copywork: Choose 1 paragraph each day from reading to copy.
Mapping Work: Locating Africa on the Globe (EMA 9), Hemispheres (EMA 10), Water & Landforms (EMA 12).
Web Research: Using keyword “Africa Maps” find a recent map of Africa. Print & include in notebook.
Additional Work: Complete KWL Chart (EMA 8)
Art: African Masks or Sculptures (GTA 28-29) or Arty Factory’s African Mask project
Videos: How I Harnessed the Wind: At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.
Country Report: If student is not familiar with how to research, use this week to complete THE RESEARCH section (pages 4-16). If familiar, start on the research process. Each student chooses a different country. I suggest they watch videos from Our Africa to help with choosing a country. Complete pages 19-21.
Additional Africa Lesson Ideas
There are so many fun ideas online available to help your student learn about Africa.
Taunya’s Place Africa Pinterest Board
Exploring Africa by Michigan State University
- Mr. Donn Africa Lesson Plans
- Squidoo Lens – Let’s Travel Through Africa
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