Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself

by Carla Mooney, Megan Sterns
     
 

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While Africa is one continent it contains many diverse countries. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build
Yourself
introduces readers ages 9 and up to the stunning landscapes, ancient civilizations and ethnic groups, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of the vast African continent.

With 25 fun projects that kids can complete using common household

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Overview

While Africa is one continent it contains many diverse countries. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build
Yourself
introduces readers ages 9 and up to the stunning landscapes, ancient civilizations and ethnic groups, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of the vast African continent.

With 25 fun projects that kids can complete using common household supplies and recycled materials, kids learn about life in Africa. Step-by-step instructions show young readers how to make their own shields for an initiation ceremony, cook banana fritters and fufu cakes, and design animal masks to commemorate the seasons. Kids will celebrate Africa and its place in our world through the interdisciplinary lens of science and social studies facts and activities. This book meets the Common Core State Standards for reading informational text. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

Editorial Reviews

Calliope Magazine
Chock full of interesting facts, word-helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource.
From the Publisher

"Casual and informative, this large, attractive, browsable paperback in the Build It Yourself series offers a view of contemporary African life that reaches far beyond the usual scenery-and-wildlife tourists' perspective."  —Booklist

"Has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more ...and would be useful for assignments and programming ideas."  —School Library Journal

"Chock full of interesting facts, word-helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource."  —Calliope Magazine

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This book has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more. The introduction includes a full-page, labeled map of Africa and the surrounding waters. Each chapter is easy to understand, with just enough facts to give readers a picture of this fascinating continent. "Words to Know" boxes appear in each chapter, resulting in more than 200 highlighted words with definitions. The book includes well-known topics (Nile River, rainforest, savanna, ancient Egypt, etc.) as well as natural wonders, minerals, wildlife, and challenges such as AIDS and hunger. Additional sidebars provide information on beadwork, Kente cloth, Adinkra printing, shantytowns, 2010 World Cup, and more. The 25 projects require easily obtainable materials and can be completed in two to seven steps. All are illustrated with black-and-white drawings. Children will learn how to craft a golden amulet, a leopard mask, a basket, a Mancala game, rock paintings, a Masai beaded necklace, an African rain stick, and more. Adult assistance is suggested when using a stove or knife. Fascinating trivia further enhances the experience, such as the double meanings of Zulu bead colors, the more than 1000 different languages spoken in Africa, and how in Ethiopia tables are covered with flatbread that diners break apart to wrap around their food. This title will be useful for assignments and/or programming ideas.—Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934670415
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Casual and informative, this large, attractive, browsable paperback in the Build It Yourself series offers a view of contemporary African life that reaches far beyond the usual scenery-and-wildlife tourists' perspective."  —Booklist

"Has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more ...and would be useful for assignments and programming ideas."  —School Library Journal

"Chock full of interesting facts, word-helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource."  —Calliope Magazine

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