Explore Africa Teacher’s Guide Outline

Group Learning Activities
These activities are appropriate for students of all ages. Suggestions are made to adapt activities to the student's different learning levels.

Animal Learning Center
OBJECTIVE: Encourage students to study independently.  Best     High    Text/Photo

African Animal Mural
OBJECTIVE: Students conduct library research, study, and create different ecosystems.

Environmental News

Out of Africa Introduction
Helps students understand the meanings of terms such as vulnerable, threatened, endangered, and extinct status.
PART II: May be done individually or as a class listing familiar African species on the worksheet or the board. When the list is completed, use the information provided to reveal the status of the species listed.

Illegal Trade Activity
OBJECTIVE: Teaches students they have the power as educated consumers to effect illegal poaching and trade.

Glossary and Animal Fact Sheets
Familiarizes students with some of the terms that will be used during the live animal presentation. Utilizing these sheets will help students retain information by reinforcing it in different ways. Discuss the words listed in the glossary prior to going over the animal fact sheets. This way the students will be able aquatinted with the words used in the fact sheets.
Secondary: To familiarize students with scientific terminology.

Predator vs. Prey
OBJECTIVE: Helps students to recognize different animal adaptations. Using the information provided, suggest to the students different parts of the body that are specially adapted for the animal's survival. Ask the students how that animal might use the adaptations.

Swords and Shields
OBJECTIVE: Introduces students to different animal defenses. Other animals students might list under defenses include: porcupine, echidna (spiny anteater), platypus (poison spur on hind leg), puffer fish, barnacle, horseshoe crab, jellyfish (stinger),sea urchin, sand dollar, scorpions, etc. You may have to give them clues to get them thinking in the right direction. Have some references about animal defenses on hand for students to learn more about them.

Create A Food Chain
Primary: Students use paper to construct food chains, in order to learn how all the Earth’s plants and creatures are linked together and to the sun.
Secondary: Create a food chain. Challenge students to create a food web.

OBJECTIVE: Introduces students to the lyrical National language of Africa.

Kwanzaa Celebration
OBJECTIVE: Introduces students to this unique African-American holiday, based on the traditional African " Feast of First Fruits" harvest celebration.

African Folklore
OBJECTIVE: Teaches students about the important role of the oral tradition and storytelling among many different ethnic groups in Africa. Students create their own stories to share.

African cuisine, Peanut butter stew recipe
Introduces students to African cuisine and gives them an authentic West African recipe to take home and share with their families.

Wild Animals Don't Make Good Pets
OBJECTIVE: Reinforces that wild animals don't make good pets and why domestic animals do.

Domestic vs. Wild Activity
OBJECTIVE: Reinforce differences between wild and domestic animals.

What makes a Good Pet?
OBJECTIVE: Students list good qualities in domestic pets.

Voting Collection
OBJECTIVE: This is one election students are allowed to vote in. Encourages students to participate in the democratic process.

Connect the dots
OBJECTIVE: Puts students sequencing skills to practice.

Post Show Quiz
OBJECTIVE: Reinforces information in activities as well as concepts discussed in the animal presentation.

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