Africa Unit Study Ideas

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Many years ago we started teaching our children using the Montessori Method. I love the way it taught the kids to do it themselves, and it was particularly great for our autistic kiddos. The Montessori way of teaching is something I love to this day. If it wasn’t so complicated to try and have many kids all at different levels, as well as infants and toddlers all at the same time, we would probably still use that method for teaching our kids. Even though we don’t use that as the main backbone for teaching our kids, I use many of the principles in our homeschool still today. Working on continent boxes is one of the things we still do in our house.

Over the years I have shared on the blog over the years is the many different things I put into our continent boxes that we use. So far I have shared our Antarctica, South America, and our Australia continent boxes. Today after a while of waiting I am finally releasing what is in our Africa continent box. I know some of you have waited a long time for this. Hopefully the last 2 continents won’t be such a long wait.

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So what’s inside of these boxes? Well, you will find a lot of fun material. Many different items of which I have collected from the thrift store or from our Little Passports shipments that we have collected over many years now and a couple of items my grandparents gave us when they went on a safari to Africa.

The kids also love seeing money from other countries. This is how I get it for them. I find a photo of the money for that country online, print it out, laminate it and put it into our continent box. Occasionally I can purchase the coins and such from some of the countries to add in for rather inexpensively, which is so much better than printed out money, but either way, the kids enjoy seeing the money other places use.

We use the items in the boxes, studies I find online, products I have purchased, and really anything else I think the kids will enjoy learning with. I currently have kids in 3rd through 11th grade, so I have to make sure to have a wide variety of learning ideas to help them all learn from this activity. Below are going to be a TON of links. I surely DO NOT use them all. I have this list as something I can pull ideas from. Over the years I have found that all of my readers seem to enjoy the unit studies as well, so I share the list with you

 

African Online Games

FREE Amazon Prime Videos About Africa

Amazon Prime sure has come a long way since it originally came out. Here are some of the great videos that are completely free to watch if you have Amazon Prime. NOTE I have not watched all of these videos so I say let your children watch with discretion as I can not say what is in every one of them.


Africa Unit Study FREE Lesson Plans and Work pages

In this list, you will find many different resources for teaching your kids all about Africa. There will be work pages, coloring pages, maps to label or color, and so much more. The pages are for younger kids through mainly middle school age. Have fun sifting through this list.

Chapter Books About Africa For Older Kids

There are so many amazing books out there for older kids. Living books are the way to teach in my opinion. Kids learn so much more and actually enjoy learning. Here are some great books about African history, their way of life, and other topics older kids need to learn about.



Africa Unit Study Craft Ideas

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Africa Hands-On Learning Activities

Fun and enjoyable hands-on learning ideas all African themed of course. From sensory bins to flag poke maps, cutting strips and so much more.

Africa Books



 

Africa Recipes

Eating foods from different cultures is always a favorite thing to do. Here are some great and delicious dishes from Africa.

 

FREE Kindle Unlimited Books About Africa


 

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Independent Study Topics About Africa

One of the things we enjoy doing is having each child choose a couple topics to learn about. Each child will choose a place and an animal to learn about. They will research those topics and do a presentation about them. This way they are learning about a particular place and animal pertaining to the country, but they were able to choose their topic. This makes both of us happy and helps them learn best. Below is the list the kids get to choose from on Africa. If they know of a topic or find a topic not on this list I will add it, but for now, there is a lot of topics to choose from.

  • Giraffe
  • Table Mountain
  • Sahara
  • Djemaa el Fna
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Pyramids of Gaza
  • Nyika Plateau National Park
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Aberdare Mountains
  • Draa Valley
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Sphinx
  • Nile River
  • Flamingos
  • Lanzarote
  • Mount Mulanje
  • Riding Safari’s
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Canary Islands
  • Rhinoceros
  • Giraffe
  • Lower Zambezi
  • Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Botswana’s Nxai Pan National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Mount Kenya
  • Ostrich
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Solio Reserve
  • Nyiragongo Volcano
  • Elephant
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Lake Malawi
  • Ngorongoro Conservation area
  • Kruger National Park
  • Nyika National Park
  • Gran Canaria
  • Hurghada
  • Johannesburg

Countries in Africa To Study

  • Algeria
  • Burundi
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mozambique
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cape Verde
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Helena
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia
  • Western Sahara
  • Angola
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Sao Tome and Principe

Misc Resources For Learning About Africa

We have accumulated quite a few resources over the years. We usually will use some of the pages in them for different studies, I don’t think we have ever used every lesson in an entire book. Nor would I purchase them all at once, the cost would be too great. With our homeschool budget, I make sure to add in a couple extra items each year.

 



 

Virtual Tour Of Africa On YouTube

One of the things that help my kids really learn about a country is to see what it looks like. What life is like in the country and just immersing them in the country as much as possible. These field trips will give kids a look into the country. There is a video that shows how far they have to walk in Africa to get water, this was an eye-opener for my kids. Letting them see something so simple for us is so hard for other places.

Africa Virtual Field Trips For Kids

 

 

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Still looking for more ideas for your South America study? Head over to my Africa Pinterest board.
Follow Mama Of Many Blessings’s board Africa on Pinterest.

Making learning fun is a top priority for me teaching my kids. This list is where I start when doing our Africa unity study. There are tons of great ideas.

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