Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weekly Theme: Africa

This week, our class has been focusing on Africa.  It's easy to focus on the animals there, but we have been trying to stick with our subtopics of geography, people, culture, etc.

NOTE: I am still actively doing these lessons now, but I wanted to get the blog rolling.  I'll be updating this later as we complete the lessons.

The topics and activities we have covered are listed below:

African Safari Book

For this activity, I drew some of the most common African animals.  The children colored all of the animals, then cut out each of them.  They then glued them into a book (made out of folded paper)  They labeled each page by saying "I see a/an..." and then the appropriate animal name.

Sorry the image is such poor quality, my son spilled coffee on half of it and the school used all of my other copies!

Giraffe Shape Recognition and Counting 

This worksheet is fairly straightforward.  Students count the number of each shape listed, then they get to color the image.

This worked well in my class because it brought animals and coloring into our math activities, which helped keep them interested.

Africa Map Labeling

Our lesson plans called for studying the African Great Lakes, but this was a bit intensive for my kindergarteners.  Instead, we used a line drawing of Africa and labeled some of the prominent features.  For younger/less advanced students, we printed out the names of the locations to have them cut and glue them on.  For older students, we drew lines.  We added numbers to the map to make identifying the locations easier.  The locations we included were:
  • The Pyramids of Giza
  • The Nile River
  • The Great Lakes
  • Madagascar
  • The Sahara Desert
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • The Mediterranean Sea
  • The Red Sea
  • The Atlantic Ocean
  • The Pacific Ocean 
  • Victoria Falls
Of course there are many, many other options.

Cooking an African Dish

On Tuesdays, our students do cooking, so we made an African dish called Fufu.  We cooked ours and the end result turned out more like an apple crisp, but here is the basic recipe:

And of course you can modify the idea from there or find another recipe.

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