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Animals of Africa
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Books
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain : a Nandi tale by:Verna Aardema
A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.
This is the Tree by:Miriam Moss
A lyrical description of the ancient Baobab tree and how it provides shelter and nourishment to wildlife of the African plain.
Here is the African Savanna by:Madeleine Dunphy
Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of an African savanna.
Little Elephant's Walk by:Adrienne Kennaway
Roaming over the plains and through the forests of Africa, Little Elephant sees a lion, a giraffe, an aardvark, and many other animals.
We all Went on Safari : a counting journey through Tanzania by:Laurie Krebs
Walk through Tanzania and learn about the animals that live there.

Note: Numbers are in English and Swahili. This book also includes a glossary of terms that was helpful.
Songs
Down In The Jungle (chant)
Begin by having children slap their hands on their knees and then clap them together to set the rhythm of the chant.

Down in the jungle With the beat in your feet, Think of an animal That you'd like to meet. That you'd like to meet ________! (Call out a child's name and have them name a jungle animal)

A (Monkey), A (Monkey) She wants to see a (Monkey)!

Then have all of the children imitate a monkey. Keep repeating and naming different animals for the children to imitate and don't forget the growls, screeches, and roars! This is also great for large motor indoors on rainy days.
http://www.themepartiesnmore.com/games_safari.html
Craft
Lion's Face Craft
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/zoowildanimals/ss/lionface.htm
Other
Animals of Africa Word Search
http://www.kidsdomain.com/brain/animals/word/word_africa.pdf