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Penn Literacy Program 2014

Mapping Africa: Africa's Natural Barriers

Posted by AsOne Global on April 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

This lesson provided students with the opportunity to evaluate the ways in which topography contributed to the growth of Ancient African Kingdoms. Each student was given a blank map of Africa. The teacher, Farrah, showed the class pictures of each of the following barriers: Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Nile River, Niger River, Congo River¸ Atlas Mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria, Victoria Falls, Sahara Desert, Kalahari Desert, tropical rain forest, savanna, the Sudan, and Great Rift Valley. As students view the pictures, they located and labeled each barrier on their maps and discussed why each place creates a barrier for the people who live there. The class then viewed a physical map of America and identified many of the natural barriers settlers had to overcome as they settled on the continent. The lesson culminated with students writing a comparison between the natural barriers faced by Americans and those faced by Africans in order to determine which continent they felt was more difficult to live within.  

Penn volunteer, Isabelle, helps students fill out their maps of Africa with natural barriers.

Students fill out the natural barriers in Africa on their maps. 

Students complete their maps learning about natural barriers in Africa including the Sahara desert, Nile River, Kalahari desert, the Red Sea, Mount Kilimanjaro, and oceans surrounding Africa. 

Categories: After-school African Studies enrichment program at B.B Comegys Elementary School

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