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Found in: chart, graph, & map skills; social studies

Our social studies curriculum requires us to teach a unit on Africa so that our children become aware of the needs of people throughout the world. To assist with geography skills, I used a projector to trace the outline of Africa and the countries onto a white bed sheet. I used fabric paint to paint each country and then cut the map out. I placed the map on the floor on a blue bed sheet that represents the oceans. I covered the map with a heavy plastic so the children could walk on it as we worked. We placed labels for directions on the map, as well as country names, paper and plastic animals, yarn for the equator and tropic regions, and pictures of natural resources on the continent. This activity kept the children focused and excited each day.

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