All About Africa

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The lesson introduces students to the massive continent of Africa.  Students are familiar with the seven continents but may not have much knowledge of each continent, the countries, people, attractions, and other information about the continent.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples.  It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

All About Africa Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages all about Africa
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This fascinating lesson introduces students to the continent Africa.  Major landmarks in Africa are discussed, such as Lake Victoria, the Nile River, the Sahara desert, the Dead Sea, and Mount Kilimanjaro.  Each country in Africa is briefly mentioned. Finally, major African attractions, such as the pyramids of Giza, are described with illustrations.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples. It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Display the following words: safari, horn, sand, hot, rainforest, pygmies, mountains, Nile. Ask students what the terms mean to them.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if it reminds them of a place in the world, and ask why.  Students should try to connect each term to Africa.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About Africa.
  4. Distribute All About Africa content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Refer to a map of Africa during the lesson, identifying the different countries, borders, etc.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Assign students one or two African countries to research using the Internet.  The students will make a Travel Poster about the country, including the information asked for in the activity.  Allow students sufficient time to complete the research and poster(s).
  6. Following the activity, each pair of students present the researched country, sharing facts and information, answer other students’ questions, persuading “visitors” to their country.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: What would you like most to see in Africa? Where would you visit first?  Why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 3 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies