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The Science of Ghana
Students explore the climate and food sources of Ghana. In this instructional activity on climate students view diagrams of global convection and complete a convection experiment.
Life in Ancient Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
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.
Weather and Water in Ghana
Students research the rainy and dry season to investigate Africa's weather. In this African weather lesson, 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.
A Day in the Life of a Child in Accra, Ghana
Young scholars create a list of similarities and differences between their lives and the life of a child in Ghana. They write what a typical day would be like if they lived in Ghana.
Barrels and Buckets: Access to Water - What Would It Be Like to Live in Africa?
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.
Africa: Research Project
Here is a great way to prepare the class for a research project. Instead of drawing up an outline, they hit the books to create a foldable about their topic. They research to answer 28 questions about Ghana, Songhi, and Mali.
Ghana's Tropical Rainforests: What Does Their Future Have To Do With Us?
Students examine the human impact on the tropical rainforests of Ghana, and the connection to people in other countries. They research the threats to rainforests by writing a campaigning leaflet and newspaper article.
One Hen: Biography of a Boy in Ghana Who Builds an Egg Business
Students participate in activities focusing on the book "One Hen". In this "One Hen" lesson, students identify characteristics of Ghana and discuss the story elements. The website www.onehen.org is an important resource to use with this lesson plan.
WebQuest: Eradicating Guinea Worm Disease in Ghana
Young scholars participate in a webquest regarding Guinea worm disease. In this Guinea worm disease lesson, students gather background information regarding the waterborne illness in Ghana. Young scholars use the information they gather to make PSAs pertaining to their plans to eradicate the disease.
Social Justice-Water in Developing Countries
Students 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.
Learners design an African celebration in the classroom. In this multicultural lesson, students use prior knowledge of the culture of Ghana to create a celebration. Learners play African music, dance to the music, eat African foods, etc.
A Golden Age: Three West African Empires
Seventh graders compare and contrast the three West African Kingdoms. In this World History lesson, 7th graders research the kingdoms and rulers of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. Students present their kingdom to the class.
Comparing Characters from a Story
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.
African Independence Movements
For this African independence movement worksheet, students respond to 6 short answer questions that accompany a reading selection featuring Uganda, Guinea, Kenya, and Ghana. Students also complete a graphic organizer based on the selection.
Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa
Africa was home to many great ancient civilizations, this presentation covers aspect of 4 of them. Middle schoolers explore aspects of civilizations from Nubia, Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. Topics covered are achievements, culture, great rulers, and religion. A wonderful resource! Have the class research North African civilizations and write a compare and contrast essay.
Big Mama and Grandma Ghana
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Big Mama and Grandma Ghana. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
The Civilization of Ghana
For this ancient African civilizations worksheet, students respond to 6 short answer questions about the civilization of Ghana.
A Map of Ghana
In this Map of Ghana worksheet, students are given a blank map and key. They are told to label major features and color according to directions.
A Golden Age: Three West African Empires
Seventh graders research the kingdoms and rulers of Ghana, Mali and Songhay. In groups, they explore the trade routes and the spread of Islam. Using the internet, textbook and other sources, 7th graders collect information and write a summary of their findings. Group presentations are created and presented.
Splish-Splash: Daily Use of Water
Students explore the daily use of water in Kenya and Ghana. In this Peace Corps lesson, students compare similarities and differences between water use by people in Kenya and Ghana and their own communities as they create books that compare access to water in the United States, Kenya, and Ghana.