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Africa Unit Plan
contributed by Marilyn
Brainstorm list of all the animals you think come from Africa and anything students know about them. Write down everything even if you know it is incorrect. You will review this list the last day to see which information was correct. You can refer back to the list throughout the unit and answer any questions students may have had at the beginning. The list should be posted in the classroom where the students can see it.
Hippo Tear art
Camels' hump is for fat storage to be used when there is little food or water.
African animal version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Paper Tube Zoo
Story--Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Story--Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears
Story--Learning to Swim in Swaziland by Nila Leigh
African Mask color paper
African pattern place mat
Wodaabe mirror pouch from Niger
Paper Kufi from Ghana
Kente paper weaving from the Asante people of Ghana
Adinkra sponge stamps from Ghana.
Paper mache mask of favorite African animal
Paper mache calabash (bowl)
Diorama of habitat with animals in shoebox
In the End: An African Party
Students could dress up like their favorite African animal or wear native African costumes. Check your library for African music. Assign each student to bring one food dish to share and let the fun begin!
Heat bouillon and peanut butter together in a pan slowly, stirring until the peanut butter is dissolved. Simmer about 10 minutes. Add onions and tomatoes. Simmer until onions are soft. Pour into bowls and sprinkle sparingly with hot red pepper. Serves four or enough for samples for 20.
Cook beans according to the package directions. When firm but thoroughly cooked, pour out excess water. Add rice, salt and water again according to package directions. As the rice steams, check it occasionally to see that there is enough water since the beans, too, will continue to cook and they may both require more. Add hot water as necessary.
Heat peanut oil in a pan and fry onions, garlic and peppers for five minutes. Add beef and brown it. Add tomato sauce and simmer for 20 minutes. Add flat beans and allow them to heat through. Serve over rice and beans or plain rice.
Cut the bananas into quarters lengthwise and then into halves crosswise, making 8 fingers of each banana. All to stand 10 minutes covered with lemon juice. Role in crumbs and cook quickly in peanut oil 1/2 inch deep in skillet at 370 degrees until crispy brown on both sides. Bananas may be sprinkled with pepper and served as an accompaniment to meat or fish, or sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon if served as a dessert.
Cut a large pineapple lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Cut it into cubes, and add diced portions of other suitable fruits, as desired. Pout over the fruit mixture a syrup of sugar, water and a little lemon juice. Sprinkle with freshly grated coconut. Serve chilled.
Boil the ingredients together for two minutes. Pour through a strainer into cups.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the crusts off the bread, break it into chunks and soak it in half of the milk. Chop the onion. Heat the oil in a pan, and fry the onion over a low heat for ten minutes. Add the beef, curry powder, lemon juice, nuts, raisins, salt, and pepper to the pan. Fry until the meat is brown all over. Spoon all of it into an ovenproof dish. Beat the eggs with the rest of the milk, and pour over the mixture. Put it in the oven for 1 1/4 hours. The top of the bobotie should be set and golden brown.
Set the oven to 350 degrees F.
A Trip Around The World, Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Inc.