Kindergarten or elementary school geography classes.
Organize games of bean bag toss on an oversized map of Africa.
Outline a color-coded map of Africa approximately eight feet long on an asphalt or concrete playground. Color code the countries with chalk or paint. To protect the map from rain damage, spray with a fixative, such as polyurethane or water seal. This game could also be drawn on a tarp or piece of canvas and rolled up for storage, then played in a gymnasium, hallway, community center, church activities room, or neighborhood street festival.
Vary rules with each use. Have students toss bean bags onto the map or play variations of hopscotch. For example:
Computer software such as Data Disc International's World Data or MECC's World Geography.
Adams, W. M., The Physical Geography of Africa, Oxford University Press, 1996.
Africa: A Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide, Lonely Planet, 1995.
Africa Inspirer (CD-ROM), Tom Snyder Productions.
"Africa Online," http://www.africaonline.com.
Binns, Tony, The People and Environment in Africa, John Wiley and Sons, 1995.
Chadwick, Douglas H., "A Place for Parks in the New South Africa," National Geographic, July 1996, 2-41.
Collins Nations of the World Atlas, HarperCollins, 1996.
Demko, George J., Why in the World Adventures in Geography, Anchor Books, 1992.
Halliburton, Warren J., and Kathilyn Solomon Probosz, African Landscapes, Crestwood House, 1993.
Hammond New Century World Atlas, Hammond, 1996.
Jeunesse, Gallimard, Atlas of Countries, Cartwheel Books, 1996.
Labi, Esther, Pockets World Atlas, Dorling Kindersley, 1995.
Extend the use of the oversized African map with a whole world map covering an entire asphalt or concrete playground. Organize a PTA committee or other volunteers to lay out continents and color code countries. Lead students in comparative studies of Africa with other nations. For example: