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Here is an excellent set of five short lessons and activities intended to help learners not only gain an understand of current issues in Africa, but build critical thinking, synthesis, analysis, expository writing, research, and evaluation skills. Each lesson focuses on one of the following topics: women in Zimbabwe, agriculture, economy, education, racial issues, and land redistribution.
Young scholars examine how nature provides inspiration to engineers. For this biomimicry in engineering lesson, students develop a system to assist persons who are living on the moon. Young scholars work on teams to design plans, consider patent rights, and present to their peers.
Are your middle and high schoolers having trouble with tests? Do they need skills to improve reading comprehension? Take the time to teach some useful strategies for both. Working together as a class or in small groups, discuss study strategies, review the RRAP reading method, practice making a study plan, and then put it all to use! Although this resource is missing links to necessary handouts, it is still an excellent source providing teachers with a great lesson idea.
Sixth graders research, study and identify a list of African countries and capitals and illustrate them on a blank map of Africa. They memorize a certain number of countries and their capitals along with whistles, pennies and other manipulative's to play a game called African Tag.
Students investigate current event issues in Zimbabwe. In this global issues lesson, students visit selected Web sites to determine why thousands of citizens were evacuated from their homes. Students examine the bureaucratic upheaval and discuss how diplomacy may help remedy the situation.
Sixth graders explore the geography of the African continent by playing a game to memorize African countries and their capitals. In this African tag lesson, 6th graders are spread out in a playing area and the designated "it" students will chase the other students. Tagged students can join the game only if a free player gives the name of an African country and its capital. This is a great lesson for Kinesthetic learners.
Young scholars, while using the strategy of identifying the main idea and supporting details, explore the three nonfiction selections of the lost worlds of Machu Picchu high in the Andes Mountains, Great Zimbabwe, and Anasazi. In addition, they determine how the author used evidence to reach conclusions.
Students examine the diversity of Sub-Saharan Africa. For this geography lesson plan, students identify day-to-day responsibilities/roles of African youth, compare rural and urban lifestyles in Africa, and compare daily life for adolescents in Africa with daily life in the U.S.