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Africa - BBC

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This site (created by BBC) includes a wealth of information on the continent of Africa. There are videos, music clips from each country, demographic information, authentic pictures...more
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This site (created by BBC) includes a wealth of information on the continent of Africa. There are videos, music clips from each country, demographic information, authentic pictures and diary entries, interactive maps and numerous articles on specific topics relating to Africa. Though some of the activities require Flash, there is still a lot to be learned at this site.

tag(s): africa (137), climate (78), climate change (74)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to take your students on an African visit. The main topic of this website is the drought in Africa, however there is a great deal of information on many African subjects. Include this on your teacher web page as one of several links on different continents as you study world geography, cultures, or climate change.

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Story of Africa - BBC

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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that...more
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African history written from an African perspective is still something of a rarity. While this site was created by the BCC, it concentrates squarely on the cultures and kingdoms that developed in Africa itself, their relationships with one another, and their infamous encounters with Europeans. This is historical content that goes beyond art and artifacts to explore civilizations themselves. Though the "Useful Links" seem to be broken, every thing else on this site works.

tag(s): africa (137), african american (92)

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Teachers may find this one useful as a component of an African American cultural unit or in studying world cultures.

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The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela - PBS Frontline

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A detailed look at Mandela's life and the revolution he helped lead. The site contains interviews, film clips, and a "viewers' and teachers' guide." The site is a well-organized companion...more
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A detailed look at Mandela's life and the revolution he helped lead. The site contains interviews, film clips, and a "viewers' and teachers' guide." The site is a well-organized companion to the PBS Frontline documentary of the same name.

tag(s): africa (137), racism (68), south africa (11)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered for ideas on how to integrate this site into your classroom! This would be a great resource for almost any Social Studies teacher.

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Wrapped in Pride - Kente Cloth - Smithsonian Institution

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4 to 12
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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian...more
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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian shows how the cloth is made and describes the various ways in which Africans use it. The content is adaptable to many age levels.

tag(s): africa (137), african american (92), kwanzaa (13)

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Use this activity here in your own classroom during a unit on African culture. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to guide the classroom on how and when to wear Kente cloth. Students can do this with their own cloth, just so long as they are still grasping the significance of the real thing. This would be a fun activity during a class period that's devoted to presentations & the like.

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Voices from the Gaps

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This site is part of the University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gaps project detailing the lives and accomplishments of women of color. It includes biographical and literary information...more
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This site is part of the University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gaps project detailing the lives and accomplishments of women of color. It includes biographical and literary information on the author and the relationship between her life and her writing.

tag(s): africa (137), african american (92), women (99)

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Although vague, there are some great classroom ideas on incorporating this site and its' basic concepts into a literature classroom. This would be a great resource for a literature teacher working on expanding upon the variety of authors read in their classroom.

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A Guide Through the Culture of the Blues - Yale University

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7 to 12
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Use the style and humor of the blues to trace the development of the blues and its parallel, the African-American experience, from the seventeenth century to the present. ...more
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Use the style and humor of the blues to trace the development of the blues and its parallel, the African-American experience, from the seventeenth century to the present.

tag(s): blues (16)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities on this site! This would be an excellent resource for a US or World history classroom!

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Africam

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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, ...more
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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, and the speed of your connection will certainly affect the performance, but you can find great images here. No animals at the live camera? Visit the highlights from live camera feeds!

tag(s): africa (137), animals (264), webcams (7)

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This is an excellent site to supplement a unit on Africa specifically, or one that is focused on different environments over the world. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students look at in pairs or cooperative learning groups. Use the site to show kids how different the African country-side is from their own. Because one can not predict when or where animals will appear, it is probably best to have students check periodically through the day or classroom period. Have students observe the camera-view, and write a comparative piece on the differences between the region shown and their own. Post pictures of the site and students work to display around the classroom during the unit!

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Folk Tales Collected by Phillip Martin - Phillip Martin

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This is a collection of folk tales from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe which could be used orally, or as an on-line introduction to African culture. Scripts for folktale ...more
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This is a collection of folk tales from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe which could be used orally, or as an on-line introduction to African culture. Scripts for folktale plays are included. You will also find brief lesson plans for teaching art and clip art to use with your class.

tag(s): africa (137), african american (92)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in this site - all connected to National standards! This would be a great resource for a Language Arts teacher. If your reading program includes a folk tale unit, why not make a video or podcast dramatization of one of the folktales included on this site? You may want to check out Aaron Shepard's site for making folk tales into readers theater, reviewed here.

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AIDS in Africa - AVERT.org

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A British site summarizes the extent and implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African countries. It is updated regularly. ...more
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A British site summarizes the extent and implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African countries. It is updated regularly.

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Use this site in your health class or as part of a discussion of economic and cultural challenges in Africa. Have students use the interactive whiteboard to present their findings and hypotheses about the relationships between health data and economic data in Africa.

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Introducing South Africa - Google Arts and Culture

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Explore beautiful landscapes and visit famous South African museums with this Arts and Culture presentation from Google. Scroll through the page to take a 360-degree look at Cape Peninsula...more
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Explore beautiful landscapes and visit famous South African museums with this Arts and Culture presentation from Google. Scroll through the page to take a 360-degree look at Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain. Learn about the Cape of Good Hope and Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias. Additional images share the flora that is unique to the country. On a more serious note, visit Robben Island, home to the imprisoned African leader Nelson Mandela from 1964 - 1982.

tag(s): africa (137), civil rights (152), south africa (11)

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Engage students with this interesting site by asking them to explore it independently to introduce your unit on African countries or when learning about Nelson Mandela and his home. Be sure to show students how to use the arrows to view images from the many different angles provided. As students begin your lessons, create a Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to share interesting information learned from students' explorations. Use their notes to guide students toward enhancing learning by choosing specific areas to explore further. For example, some students may want to learn more about the geography found in South Africa, while others may want to learn about animals or famous people. Have students share the findings of their research by writing blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here, or use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual tours around South Africa that include links to images, videos, or student writing projects to tell the story of the country.

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