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African Beetles Beat the Heat in the Sahara Desert
Three thousand plant species light up Africa's Karoo Desert for merely two weeks of the year. Compare and contrast the Karoo geography with that of the Sahara to highlight the difference just a few extra centimeters of rain can have on a desert environment.
3 mins 5th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Students investigate the process of desertification in the Sahel region of Africa. They discuss photos from a National Geographic magazine, analyze the physical/political map of the Sahara, identify the causes and effects of desertification on a handout, and write a conversation between two people.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 14 Views 90 Downloads
Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-Sahara, Vanishing Cultures
Students read Sahara, Vanishing Cultures by Jan Reynolds. They complete a variety of cross-curricular activities surrounding the study nomadic cultures. Included are reading, art, math, science, writing, social studies, and library connections.
K - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
Global and Local Dust over North America
Meteorology majors will be enriched by this presentation on the movement of dust throughout our world atmosphere. They will examine graphs of the spatial and chemical patterns of the dust suspended over North America and then extend the study to other continents.
10th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 1 Download
Students listen to a lecture on the geography of sub-Sahara Africa. They then make a poster that illustrates the various landforms and climates that can be found in Africa. Students listen to a lecture on the diversity of African cultures. They write a diary entry that chronicles what slaves or slave owners went through on the trans-Atlantic voyage of a slave ship.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 27 Downloads
Networks of Communication and Exchange: 300 BC - 1100 CE
A complete presentation defining, displaying, and providing rationale for the impact trade had on early societies. Beginning with the Silk Road in 300 BC and ending with the spread of Christianity to Ethiopia in 1100 CE. Topics include nomadism, trade, the spread of religion, maritime systems, Saharan trade/culture, and evidence for early globalization.
11th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 10 Views 24 Downloads
The Sahara Desert
Several exquisite images are linked together in this video. Draw on the phenomenal imagery to spark student discussion or create interest at the start of a unit. Don't forget to challenge students with the fun games listed below, as well!
5 mins 1st - 8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 6 Downloads
Crossing the Sahara Desert by Camel
Can you guess how much it costs to buy a camel? Traveling by camel is a common way of reaching one's destination in northern Africa. Follow our leader as he shops the camel mart and attempts to barter for a camel.
3 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Where is the World is Mrs. Waffenschmidt? #18
Mrs. Waffenschmidt is off again, but where to this time? Use the informational text to uncover her mystery location. Your class will read facts and conclude that she is in the Sahara Desert. This is a good way to make informational text more fun.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Seven Natural Wonders of Africa
Students draw a picture and write a few sentences telling about their favorite natural wonder of Africa. They discuss the importance of the Nile River, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Rift Valley, the Serengeti Plains, and the Sahara Desert.
K - 3rd Social Studies & History 8 Views 66 Downloads
How's the WeatherÂ¿Â¿Â¿in Africa?!
Students identify and describe the four seasons. They discuss how weather affects human activities. Students discuss how weather affects animal behavior. They identify northern Africa on a world map and view pictures of the Sahara Desert and animals of that region.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 4 Views 13 Downloads
Topography of Africa
Learners identify key countries in Africa (Algeria, Ethiopia, South Africa). They compare and describe each country's representative landforms (the Sahara Desert, the Great Rift Valley, and the South African veld). Students evaluate the impact of each feature on the water supply, food supply, and population.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 4 Views 34 Downloads
Third graders read the book Sahara Special and participate in comprehension activities. For this realistic fiction lesson, 3rd graders create a brochure for where they live. Students have personal bags, a brown paper bag, that they fill with items that represent who they are.
3rd Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads