To become familiar with the land and climate of Africa, and the effect that each had on the way of life of early African peoples.
2 class periods
This lesson begins by reading with the class a section entitled The Land, which describes various landforms in Africa. This is followed by several multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions. Students use the paragraphs they just read, along with a map of Africa (on the third lesson page) showing mountain ranges, deserts, rivers, lakes, and surrounding bodies of water, to answer the questions.
Next, in the Climate section, students use different colors or markings to complete a map activity illustrating the locations of Africa's various types of climate. This section also includes another group of multiple-choice questions that can be answered using the climate map students just worked on, as well as two other maps of average January and July temperatures throughout Africa.
A section entitled Early Peoples of Africa concludes the activity with 15 factual statements demonstrating the relationship between geography and culture. Class members use the information in the "Fact" section to help them decide which Result –– a or b –– was the way that the land and climate affected the early peoples of Africa.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.