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Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa
Delve into the world of Malian ruler Mansa Musa, the development and culture of African kingdoms such as the Swahili civilization, the use of oral tradition, and the spread of Islam across trade routes. The narrator does an excellent job conveying the need for a variety of sources as evidence to gain a comprehensive understanding of the past.
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Swahili Alphabet Lesson
Third graders learn about other cultures. In this Swahili instructional activity, 3rd graders discuss if they know any other languages, read the book Jambo Means Hello, discuss why it is important to learn about other cultures, learn a few words in Swahili and write in their journals about the importance of knowing the differences and similarities in cultures.
3rd Language Arts 7 Views 9 Downloads
Principles of Kwanzaa Plaque
Students study African culture and learn the origins of Kwanzaa. They recognize that Kwanzaa is Swahili for "first fruits of the harvest." Students identify and comprehend the values and meanings of the nguzo saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
1st - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
Jambo Means Hello: An Introduction To Swahili
Students gain an appreciation for Swahili as a language spoken in many parts of Africa. They share and illustrate words from their own culture using English and Swahili and others to create a word quilt.
1st - 3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
The Sound of Music in Kenya
Students study Kenya's culture and see how people and things can be different and similar at the same time. They create a pictograph of objects from each culture that are used in similar ways and examine a few Swahili words.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 15 Downloads
A Swahili Counting Book
Students compare their culture to the Swahili culture of Africa and make counting book. In this Swahili counting book lesson, students listen to the book Mojo Means One by Muriel Feelings. They discuss how the African culture compares to their own before making a counting book using Swahili.
Pre-K - 1st Languages 3 Views 5 Downloads
Students investigate the African language of Swahili by translating vocabulary words. In this foreign language lesson, students write 26 English words that define Africa and utilize the Internet to translate them into Swahili. Students create a collage page for each word and fill it with images and the translation before putting the pages together to form a book.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
The Lesson: Kenya
Students consider how recent historical events have impacted Kenya. In this global studies lesson, students visit selected websites to discover information about President Mwai Kibaki, Kenya's statistics, and Swahili. Students share their findings and debate the controversial issues of the country.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 11 Downloads
Tropical Africa and Asia: 1200-1500
China, India, and Africa are all players in the trade, culture, conflict, and politics that marked a 300 year period in tropical Afro-Asian history. This comprehensive presentation covers environment, economics, religion, and the effects of Islamic conflict occurring from 1200-1500 AD.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 9 Downloads
Students make Swahili flash cards. In this African culture lesson, students study Swahili words. Students make flash cards with the English word and the Swahili word and pronunciation written on it. Students take turns practicing the words.
Pre-K - 2nd Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Elizabeti's Series--Classroom Guide
Second graders explore the books in the Elizabeti Series. For this reading comprehension lesson, young readers discuss pre-reading focus questions about their feelings on the first day of school. They investigate the book and describe the characters they see.
2nd Language Arts 7 Views 16 Downloads
Heart of Darkness: List Group Label Strategy
Heart of Darkness can challenge even the best readers. Here's a pre-reading strategy that will engage class members and provide background and context for Conrad's study of racism, savagery and imperialism. Class members brainstorm, list, sort, and group vocabulary they associate with "Africans.
12th Language Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads
Kwanzaa Symbol Strips
Students research the African family holiday of Kwanzaa and find the symbols for the seven principles of Kwanzaa. After conducting research, they analyze the symbols and how they may relate to their own lives. Students create an original art following the designs of Adinkra weaving patterns used on Kente cloth and include the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
1st - 3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
International Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and the Indian Ocean Trade
Economic principles and world history are beautifully woven together in this history presentation on medieval Indian Ocean trading. The narrator discusses the unprecedented self-regulation executed by merchants along the Indian Ocean trade routes, as well as reviews the importance of monsoon winds and the spread of products, ideas, and the religion of Islam.
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable