Fun and Free Lesson Plan for the Continent of Africa

2nd - 12th

Students study the continent of Africa. In this geography activity, students participate in several activities to celebrate the culture of Africa. These activities include playing African musical instruments, telling West African folktales and wearing African-inspired clothing.

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Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning
1 hr

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