Thursday, December 6, 2012

SOTW: Chapter 11 Ancient Africa

This week we have been discussing the people of Ancient Africa.

To further supplement our lesson, we read

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott


Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! A Maasai Tale by Tololwa Mollel

We colored in a map of Ancient Africa.

I found a wonderful site that gives some great information on the Ancient Kingdom of Kush. It provides information on what daily life was like, what and how they traded, and why the kingdom ended.

For fun, we made a geometric turtle to go along with the story of Anansi and the Turtle in SOTW.

I bought the turtles at Oriental Trading.

We created Anansi the spider out of egg cartons.

This is the body of the spider.

We painted 2 sections of an egg carton with black paint.

We added pipe cleaners for legs and googly eyes.

We created geometric hand paintings. They traced their own hands on paper and drew a pattern on the hand using a variety of shapes and colors.

The kids then recreated the story of Anansi and the Turtle.

The created the backdrop using a large piece of cardboard and then made puppets of Anansi and Turtle.

They did an amazing job retelling the story.

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