Discover Africa

For Students/Educators

PROPOSED LESSON PLANS FOR STUDENTS AGED 9 TO 13
Following are suggestions for in-classroom activities to help kids aged 9 to 13 learn about Africa, its culture and customs in engaging ways that go beyond the textbooks. For a more fulfilling educational experience, we recommend that each lesson include teacher-guided discussions, team projects and hands-on applications. Basic lesson plans and materials are provided. Feel free to expand upon those and organize the activities in the way that is best suited for your students. For more information or guidance, please contact us at info@harambeeusa.org or 646-742-2800.

Lesson: Working together to understand the geography & diversity of the African content
Implementation: 1. Students, working in teams, research and make labels for various components of the geography of the continent, including a) Political Boundaries, b) Land formations and bodies of water, c) Language/ethnic groups by region, and d) Natural resources and land use. 2. All of these labels are then posted upon a blown-up map of the continent (color the base of the map before applying label items; guide students in making a map key). 3. Lead a group discussion on how the geographical characters of Africa can impact its people’s lives.

Lesson: African Proverbs
Implementation: 1. Read the African proverbs with the students (the proverbs can be found in the Discover Africa/Africa Teaches section of the website); 2.Discuss the meaning of each proverb with the students; ask them if there are similar proverbs in American culture; 3. Lead a discussion about what these proverbs teach us about Africa; 4. Divide the students into groups and assign one proverb per group; have the groups come up with ideas to represent the assigned proverb visually; 5. Have each student make a drawing based on the group’s ideas, then have them write the proverb next to the drawing.

Lesson: Write post cards to African children in Kenya and the Congo
Implementation: 1. Distribute maps and atlases and help students research all the info they can about Kenya and the Congo; 2. In group, make a list of suggestions for what they could write about on the post card (the goal is to help the kids in Kenya and Congo to know about what life is like for their peers in the U.S.); 3. Using magazines or the Internet, have students collect images that are representative of their life in the U.S. (these could be pictures of their hometown, images of toys/gadgets they use frequently, etc.). The best images will then be used to create one side of the postcards. 4. Have students write a rough draft of what they will say on their post cards; 5. Students make corrections and make final versions of the post cards. 6. Harambee USA will make sure the postcards are delivered to the kids in Africa.

Lesson: Collect pictures about American life to send to children in Kenya and Congo
Implementation: 1. Distribute maps and atlases and help students research all the info they can about Kenya and the Congo; 2. In group, make a list of suggestions for what would be most interesting to show to the African kids (the goal is to help the kids in Kenya and Congo to know about what life is like for their peers in the U.S.); 3. Using a digital camera or their cell phones, give children one week to take pictures of things that best represent their American life (they can work alone or in teams – in teams is better); 4. Review all the pictures with the students, have them explain why they photographed the subjects/objects they did; 5. Make a selection of the best pictures from each student/team and have them write a short sentence to explain the meaning of the picture in a way that African kids will be able to understand easily (assuming that the African kids might not even know what the pictures show); this will help kids learn how to communicate concepts and ideas to a different culture; 6.Send the photos to Harambee USA, either already printed or in a disc; 7. Harambee USA will make sure the photos are delivered to the kids in Africa

Lesson: Discussion of what the students can do to help out projects going on in Africa
Implementation: Brainstorm, using scraps of colorful paper and pencils, suggestions such as fund-raising, mini sacrifices each individual can make, etc., to focus on improving the life of another.