I have a new way to find a morning bubble of joy. Take a look at National Geographic’s new and improved web cams. Right now I am watching a heron in Africa. Earlier I was watching, and identifying fish on a coral reef in Belize. When you can’t get out, here’s a way to feel a little nature joy and maybe even polish up your fish-watching and bird-watching skill. Oh, and there was a water buffalo? wildebeest? in that Africa one a minute ago. Thanks, Nat’l Geo!
Use Sayre’s continent books or maps to introduce the continent of Africa.
Then introduce some African animals with the books below.
First, survey the kids about what they know about crocodiles and think about crocodiles: Do you like crocodiles? How would you describe a crocodile? Pay attention to the adjectives they use and write a few down on a chalkboard.
Now look back at the adjectives we used for crocodiles before we read the book. Did you learn anything new about crocodiles? How would you describe them now? Let’s learn about some more African animals.
If You Should Hear a Honey Guide contains a Swahili word: Kumbe! Check the web or other books for more Swahili words to introduce to the kids. Educators might also transition to more information on the people of Africa.