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Classroom Ideas

This series of classroom ideas is designed to help young people develop an appreciation and respect for African peoples, their communities through out the world, and the natural riches of the African continent.

The activities are written for teachers and are designed to be adaptable for grades K-12. After a preliminary review of the activities, teachers can modify their approach or chosen language as appropriate to their students grade level.

Teachers are encouraged to branch out beyond the suggested activities, to engage in class discussion, writing or observation, depending on the method of learning most suitable for the students involved.

When possible, students should be encouraged to visit the AFRICA: One Continent. Many Worlds. web site, and if the opportunity presents itself.

Classroom Ideas are organized by subject and can be reviewed by selecting a topic from the menu on the left.

Links to specific classroom ideas are also provided from related presentations within the on-line presentation.

We hope your visit to the "AFRICA: One Continent. Many Worlds." web site is enriching and that you find these tools useful in bringing that experience to the classroom.

Ecology of African Mammals Study Guide

This study guide accompanies the Natural History presentation found within the "Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds." web site. It is designed to introduce teachers and students to the ecology of African mammals. It begins with a look at the climates of Africa and how they influence patterns of vegetation. Descriptions of African plant communities and the kinds of animals they support lead into a general introduction to the characteristics and classification of mammals. A discussion of the mammals of Africa and their adaptations to their environment follows. The guide concludes with a look at the way humans have played a part, in both the past and the present, in determining species composition and population levels; the guide also provides a look into the future and the role of museums in preserving and conserving African plants and animals.

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CAS home   Classroom ideas were contibuted by the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Field Museum of Natural History.