Fun and Free Lesson Plan for the Continent of Africa

2nd - 12th
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Students study the continent of Africa. In this geography lesson plan, 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.

Resource Details

Subjects
Geography
Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning
Duration
1 hr

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