Teaching Africa

Teaching Guides


Great Ideas for Teaching About Africa.

Bastian, Misty L. and Jane L. Parpart, eds. Lynn Rienner Publishers, Inc.  Boulder, Colorado.  1999.


Resources for Teaching Children About Africa

Schmidt, Nancy J., et al..  ERIC Clearing House on Early Childhood Education; Urbana, IL.  Catalog #155. 1976.


Africa: Teaching Perspectives and Approaches.

Willmer, John E., ed. Geographic and Area Study Publications.  Tualatin, Oregon.  1975.


.The African Studies Companion: A resource Guide and Directory

Zell, Hans M.  and Cecile Lomer, eds.  Hans Zell Publishers, London. Edition 2, 1997.


Curriculum Materials for TeachersCenter for African Studies, University of Illinois, 210 International Studies Building, 910 South 5th Street, Champaign, IL 61820), 217-333-6335.
This book is a treasure trove of activities and 2 page essays on a wide range of topics important for teaching about Africa, including Ghana.
Africa – Grades 2-4Barbara  Gillespie – Washington, Westminster CA Teacher Created Material, 2002


Introductory Activities on Africa (1991).

Bacak-Egbo, Carol; Egbo, Paul Kofi.
Provides good introductory activities for students. Includes lessons on stereotypes, geography, art, language, and other subjects

Curriculum Materials for Teachers

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Center for Africa Studies

Includes country information sheets, maps, topical essays, games, music, stories, bibliographies, and film guides. A large collection of materials created over a ten year period by the African Studies Program at the University of Illinois. Topics covered in the collection include social institutions, agriculture and economic development, health and the environment, the arts, language and literature, and games. Although some of the materials are outdated, many are still viable resources. Materials for all grade levels are included. A list of titles is available upon request. (African Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985, 353pp)


African Studies Handbook – Curriculum and Resource Guide for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers 4th
Ed Kelly O’Brian Ed., University of Massachusetts Center for International Education 2003


Africa – Africa World Press Guide To Educational Resources From and About Africa\
Compiled by World Views,  Africa World Press Trenton NJ 1997


Africa Access Review Of K-12 MaterialsBrenda Randolph, Africa Access

This guide to juvenile print and audio-visual materials on Africa contains approximately 200 reviews. The reviews were written by educators and librarians who have specialized in the study of Africa and have lived on the continent. An excellent resource for evaluating the quality of the materials on Africa that are already a part of a school library’s collection.  http://filemaker3.mcps.k12.md.us/aad/


Lesson Plans on African History and Geography: A Teaching Resource.
Hamilton, Robert E. (ed.). University of Florida. Center for African Studies. 1992.


Hands Across Africa (for American-Sponsored Overseas Schools): Integrating Multicultural Activities in the Elementary Classroom
Nesbit, Catherine & Lynn Evans (eds.). Washington, D.C. 1995.


Study of Africa. Curriculum Materials for K-12.
Developed in Summer Institutes on African Literature 1993 and 1994. University of Wisconsin – Madison. African Studies Program. 1996.

Hands-on Culture of West AfricaO’Halloran, Kate. J. Weston Walch, 1997.  This book of reproducible pages contains hands-on activities on a variety of West African cultures, including a number of activities for Ghana. Each project is placed in its cultural context.

Africa Today: A Reproducible Atlas, 1996 (Revised Edition)

World Eagle

A large collection of maps, charts, and statistical tables on Africa. Topics include population, languages, natural resources, cities, agriculture, environmental conditions, schools, and jobs. The atlas also includes a ma p of every country. (World Eagle, 1996, 252pp)

Celebrations Around the World – A Multicultural Handbook                         Carole S Angell,  Fulcrum Publishing, Golden CO,  1996

A Trip Around the World – Extended Thematic Unit             Barbara Schaff and Sue Roth, Teacher Created Material, Westminster CA 1997

Hands Across Africa: Integrating Multicultural Activities in the Elementary ClassroomCatherine Nesbit and Lynn Evans (Eds)This book consists of activity-oriented lessons based on information from East Africa, West Africa, and Southern Africa. It is intended as a guideline for multicultural activities such as field trips, interviews, and various other adaptable activities. (Association of International Schools in Africa Overseas Schools Advisory Council, 1995, 206pp)


Focus on Africa: Teacher’s EditionEdward Reynolds(D.C. Heath and Company, 1994, 151pp)

This teachers’ guide to Focus on Africa, contains seven chapters on African history. It covers ancient African civilizations, Atlantic slave trade, colonization, nationalism, contemporary Africa, as well as Africa’s cultural contributions.

Ready-to-use interdisciplinary lessons & activities for grades 5-12 Dwila Bloom.  Publisher West Nyack, N.Y. : Center for Applied Research in Education, c1997.

Cultural Awareness for ChildrenJudy Allen, Ealdene McNeill and Velma Schmidt, Addison-Wesley Publishing, Menlo Park  CA 1992


Why is There Hunger in Africa? Nature Pleads Not Guilty

SPICE. (Stanford University, 1996, 130pp)

A new curriculum guide from Africa Project of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Written for secondary contemporary world issues, geography, world history, and environmental studies courses, the unit offers a balanced introduction to the complex set of issues related to worldwide hunger using case studies from Africa and six activities in which students look at factors affecting hunger – local conflict, the ecosystem, national and international economic policies, and population growth. Includes lesson plans, teacher background, reproducible student handouts, in-class activities, and homework suggestions.



Multicultural art activities : from the cultures of Africa, Asia and North America : grades 2-5Darlene Ritter ; illustrated by Diane Valko ; edited by Judy Urban. Publisher Cypress, CA. : Creative Teaching Press, c1993


Hands-on Africa: art activities for all ages featuring sub-Saharan Africa             Yvonne Y. Merrill.  Publisher Salt Lake City, Utah: Kits Pub., 2000.


Adinkra Symbols: Bulletin Board Kit (AFAM International) 716 Cortwright, Pontiac, MI 48340, (313) 334-4877

This kit contains a dozen 8 x 11 cardboard display sheets of Adinkra symbols, plus several large-print pages explaining them.


Great Craft Projects From Around the World William Reid, j Weston Walsh, Portland ME  2000

Multicultural Books to Make and Share.

Gaylord, Susan K. Scholastic, 1994.

This hands-on book of projects contains a clearly contextualized activity for elementary children around Ghana’s Adinkra cloth.


Ofori – Ansah, Kwaku. Symbols of Adinkra ClothI           includes over 50 symbols of Adinkra cloth from the Asante people of Ghana.

Art and Life in Africa             CD Rom


Let Your Voice Be Heard! Songs from Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Adzenyah, Abraham; Dumisani Maraire; Judith Cook. World Music Press, 1996.

This is a kit with a book and an audio cassette. There are nineteen songs from the Akan of Ghana and Shona of Zimbabwe. The book offers a detailed guide for teaching the songs.





A Good Soup Attracts Chairs : A First African Cookbook for American Kids.

Osseo-Asare, Fran. Pelican Publishing Company, 1993.

A cookbook for American children that focuses primarily on recipes from Ghana but includes information on recipes and foods used generally in West Africa. Provides some insight into aspects of life in Ghana.


African News Cookbook: African Cooking for Western Kitchens

Hultman, Tami (Ed.). (1985).
Recipes from various African countries especially adapted for Western kitchens.




Games of Strategy.

Crane, Louise. (Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, 210 International Studies Building, 910 South 5th Street, Champaign, IL. 61820), 217-333-6335. This book contains useful descriptions, game rules and information on building the game boards for a number of games of strategy from Ghana.

African Names


African Names

Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, 210 International Studies Building., 910 South 5th Street, Champaign, IL 61820) 217-333-6335 This book contains many easy-to-follow descriptions for teachers or for older students of naming practices in various countries, including Ghana


Proverbs of Africa 1991

Bacak-Egbo, Carol; Egbo, Paul Kofi
An excellent collection of proverbs from various parts of the continent.

Topics in West African History

Boahen, Adu (et. al.).
A well-written introduction to West African history. Approximately half the book focuses on precolonial history, the balance describes the colonial and post-colonial periods.


African Names: People and Places

Crane, Louise. (1982).
Provides a wealth of material on African names, including personal and place names and naming ceremonies. Classroom activities can be reproduced.

1,001 African Names

Julia Stewart, (Citadel Press, 1996, 214pp)

This is a selection of first and last names from all over Africa. Each name entry has a phonetic transcription to help the reader with the pronunciation, and the meaning. In addition to the selection of names, the book provides some background materials regarding naming customs, beliefs and traditions in some ethnic communities from Africa.



The Games of AfricaJennifer Prior (Harper Festival, 1994, 45pp)

This is an introduction to five African games, mancala and yote from Burkina Faso, sey from Mali, achi, and the Guinean String Puzzle. The book is accompanied with a mancala game board, and 48 playing pieces for mancala. This is a variant of one of the oldest African games.



Geometry from Africa : mathematical and educational explorations Paulus Gerdes ; with a foreword by Arthur B. Powell.

Publisher Washington, DC : Mathematical Association of America, c1999.

Contents Geometrical and educational explorations inspired by African cultural activities — On geometrical ideas in Africa south of the Sahara — From African designs to discovering the Pythagorean theorem — Geometrical ideas in crafts and possibilities for their educational exploration — ‘Sona’ sand drawing tradition and possibilities for its educational use.


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