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Students explore their artistic skills. For this Sahara Desert lesson, students use the Internet to research the Sahara and paint a watercolor picture depicting the desert.
Learners explore the geography of the Sahara region of Africa and identify characteristics of a desert habitat. They explore the culture of the people living there and how it has adapted to desert life.
Young scholars study inhabitants of the Sahara. In this Tuareg culture lesson plan, students explore the how the Tuareg people adapt to their environment as they research specific Internet sites.
The children will create a watercolor picture of the Sahara Desert and label it.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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. The background knowledge required for understanding this presentation makes it most appropriate for advanced environmental science learners or college courses. It is top-notch in appearance and information content!
Young scholars describe and analyze cultural exchange projects that link students in all parts of the world. They write a report about the Ghana project of Morgan City High School.
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.
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a passage regarding different deserts and answer 10 questions. The questions are a mix of true/false, short answer, and matching.
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. Appropriate for 12th grade and beyond.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This erosion PowerPoint instructs students how to explore details about the Little Sahara State Park and investigate geographical formations in order to answer specific questions. (answers included)
Young scholars 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.
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.
Assign a paragraph a day! For the first four days, class members will need to focus in order to improve a paragraph and make it their own. Revision suggestions are given for each prompt. On the fifth day, give writers the chance to compose their own paragraph. Accompany these paragraphs with lessons on how to improve word choice and grammar. Sample revisions are included.

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