A couple of weeks ago we finished up our study of Africa through both My Father’s World ECC and Beautiful Feet Books. Africa is a fascinating continent and I feel like my own understanding of this place was definitely enhanced. I think my kids were able to learn a lot, too. Today I am going to share with you some Africa Unit Study resources that you can use with either curricula!
Africa Unity Study Ideas
So, with My Father’s World ECC, our focus country was Kenya. We spent two weeks exploring Kenya and learning about the culture there. Since our science in ECC correlates with the region we are studying, we learned about grasslands and African animals.
Our big art project this unit was to create a grassland mural. I cut apart a large brown paper bag and the kids used chalk pastels to create their grassland. We then used the pictures of the animals in the back of our Beautiful Feet Around the World guide to add to our scene.
We really enjoyed learning about the different animals in Africa. Lions, zebras, giraffes, and elephants are all fascinating creatures. We did use Properties of Ecosystems and Living World encyclopedia to learn about predators and prey, and the life cycles of the animals in the wild.
I absolutely love Beautiful Feet Books and the stories we were introduced to during our study of Africa. I also love how the guide gave us a good basis for discussion questions.
Mirror by Jeannie Baker
The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Parry
WANGARI MAATHAI: THE WOMAN WHO PLANTED MILLIONS OF TREES by Franck Prévot
Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
We have also been listening to the David Livingstone Missionary Story.
We really loved the Africa series on Netflix. The photography is absolutely stunning. We watched the first episode and got an up close look at the animals and some of the native people.
Another good movie to look into is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This movie follows the story of an African schoolboy who is extremely intelligent. He is eventually able to build a windmill to save his village from a drought. I would preview this movie for younger children, but it is a good story.
Geography Lesson Africa
I love our MAPS book because each map has so many interesting pictures describing each country. We have also enjoyed locating each country we have discussed on our globe. I did print a political map of Africa for the kids to fill in the locations of the countries that we have discussed.
Listed below is each country that we discussed with Beautiful Feet Books. We didn’t spend a lot of time on each country, but I think we covered each country pretty well and had a lot of fun with them!
African Feast Recipes
My favorite part of all of our cultural studies is planning the feast! I think that so much can be learned about a country by enjoying their food. Here’s what we had for our little feast.
African Chicken Stew – I modified this one a little bit and used chicken breast cut into bite-sized chunks.
Chapati – Oh, my, goodness. This stuff is so yummy! You can dip it in the stew for a delectable treat. The kids had a lot of fun helping me roll out this delicious fry bread!
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