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Students participate in a webquest regarding Guinea worm disease. In this Guinea worm disease lesson, students gather background information regarding the waterborne illness in Ghana. Students use the information they gather to make PSAs pertaining to their plans to eradicate the disease.
Students research the rainy and dry season to investigate Africa's weather. In this African weather lesson plan, students use the given websites to research the rainy and dry seasons of Ghana in Africa. Students then read stories about life in Ghana. Students create a wall mural including their original pictures, poetry, or stories that tell what life in Ghana would be like.
Students study the ancient African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. They brainstorm what they know about ancient African kingdoms before investigating the trade and barter situations, and researching one of the kingdoms for an oral presentation. They simulate the barter economy with items from home.
Students study items and ideas associated with Ghana. In this Ghana activity, students examine the vocabulary associated with Ghana. They examine a calabash before following directions to make one while working in a small group. They follow directions to make a Kente cloth using patterns, and make a Kufi or African necklace. For enrichment, students can go on a treasure hunt through Africa on the Internet.
Students compare water access in the United States with that of Africa. In this water access lesson, students located Ghana and Kenya on a globe before reading Peace Corps Volunteer accounts of the difficulty of accessing clean water. They write a book that compares water access in America with Kenya and Ghana.
Young scholars explore how water shortage affects everyday life. In this social justice lesson, students discuss information about water shortage in Ghana. A water shortage simulation/game is played in which a "Canadian" team starts with a larger water supply than the "Ghana" team. Task cards are used to perform real life water use and the amount of water used is measured and recorded. Conclusions are drawn about how water shortage impacts the quality of life.
A Venn diagram template is used to compare the two characters from Big Mama and Grandma Ghana by Angela Shelf Meaderis. Learners must categorize them by looks, actions, and personality traits. The second part of this lesson is for the computer lab and requires sorting pictures. Note: Re-teaching and enrichment activities are included at the end of this lesson plan.
Learners examine the impact of Guinea Worm Disease. In this world issues lesson, students take on the roles of Peace Corps Volunteers. Learners will apply their knowledge of the Guinea worm life cycle to create a plan for eradicating the disease. They create public service announcements (PSAs) for radio broadcast to communicate their plans.