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You are racing against the other teams on this season’s Amazing Race!
Your goal is to complete all of the tasks and reach the welcome mat first.
On this leg of the race, you are racing through the continent of Africa. Africa is an extremely diverse continent ranging from lush rain forests to the hot, dry Sahara desert. There are many different people groups with generations of traditions and culture. The history of Africa and its inhabitants have impacted the world for several millennia. Africa is the second largest continent on the planet and is waiting to be explored by YOU!
There are several tasks that your team must complete in order to successfully make it to your next pit stop. Some of the tasks you may need to complete by yourself.
After you have completed each task, you will be given your next clue. There are a total of five clues that plug into a famous quote.
The tools that you will have to work with include: brain power, computers with internet access and your cell phones.
If you are ready for the challenge you may advance to the TASK phase, but remember, this is a Wild African Safari and not for the faint of heart.
As you explore the unique aspects of your country’s geography, in what ways has the terrain affected its history, culture, commerce and education? Consider these additional questions:
First, use Google Maps to view a topographical map of your country.
Are there any major water ways or bodies of water that may have impacted commerce and/or communication?
Are there any mountain ranges, valleys or plateaus? How have these land structures played a role in the development of agricultural practices? Precious resources? Habitat and dwellings? Architectural wonders?
What other countries surround its borders and how does effect its relationships between tribes and those other countries?
Your country has a wonderful story to be told. Find out what that story is and what makes your country unique.
Find or create a timeline. www.google.com (keywords: history+timeline+ your country ).
Trace the development of your country’s civilization from the earliest records to the 21 st Century.
Understand the roots and migration patterns of the various people groups that comprise current demographics. Also consider how has this impacted language?
Consider the political, economic and social aspects that have helped to shape your country’s development. Consider unique characteristics such as the role of government, religion and language as well as the impact of imperialism and their struggle to regain independence.
Your country has a unique heritage and culture that has been uniquely shaped by Geography and History . In this section, take time to explore in depth:
Language - In what ways has language developed and changed throughout its history?
Religion – How has religion impacted or fueled the political/economic/social climate?
Cooking & Recipes – Discover some of the unique foods that the people eat. Remember that this is affected by agricultural, geographic and socioeconomic factors.
Music – In every culture, music is a means of personal/religious/social expression. Find out how these factors have played a role in the evolution of your country’s music.
Art & Craft - Your country has been very resourceful and it is important to celebrate the distinctive arts and crafts as both a means of expression as well as financial independence. Other key insights into this section include: Agriculture, Mining, Manufacturing, Products for Export.
Your country would not be as great as it is today had it not been for people who sought to make a difference, a contribution, a change. Find out who these people were/are and what they have accomplished. Finally, you will need to evaluate how their accomplishments have impacted their country, continent and world.
Take a moment and a deep breath and THINK. In what ways has this activity helped
you learn about the rich history and culture of Africa? True learning has a way of
changing a person. How will you be different now that you have learned about specific
issues that many countries in Africa face every day? How do you feel knowing that you
have tried to help make a difference in your country? How will you carry on this work
you have begun? What are your thoughts on the way this lesson was constructed (use
of technology, cell phones etc.)?
When your team has finished, you may email me, leave voicemail, print or hand-write your reflection to me.
Wait for my confirmation and FINAL Clue !
Complete the quote and race to the welcome mat!
The project is worth 100 points *Everyone can easily earn all points by participating and contributing in a meaningful way. Evaluation Group grade All information provided 5 points Organized/Neatness 15 points Overall Presentation 15 points Final Group Letter 15 points --------- 50 points Individual grade Individual Participation 10 points Research Material 15 points Material in own words 10 points Followed Directions 5 points Peer Blog Eval. 5 points Reflection 5 points --------- 50 points
Students use knowledge of perspectives, practices and products of cultural, ethnic and social groups to analyze the impact of their commonality and diversity within local, national, regional and global settings.
20th Century Conflict / 13.
Examine social, economic and political struggles resulting from colonialism and imperialism including:
Independence movements in India, Indochina and Africa;
Rise of dictatorships in former colonies.
Students use knowledge of geographic locations, patterns and processes to show the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity, and to explain the interactions that occur in an increasingly interdependent world.
07. Social Studies Skills and Methods
Students collect, organize, evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources to draw logical conclusions. Students communicate this information using appropriate social studies terminology in oral, written or multimedia form and apply what they have learned to societal issues in simulated or real-world settings.
In this web quest, students are encouraged to use their cell phones to text their information to the teacher. The teacher then posts their information to a class blog.
Initial surveys of the classes helped with flexible student grouping based mainly on cell phone functionality. Students without cell phones can use a partner’s or use another mode of communication such as email.
Although this creates tedious work for the teacher, there are several advantages:
Students forced to summarize information rather than “cutting & pasting.”
Great mode of formative assessment. Monitoring on-task behavior rather than “policing.”
First, I decided what my “big ideas” or educational outcomes were going to be.
Then, I chose the “gimmick” of the Amazing Race that I thought would be fun and motivational.
Decide on mode of student communication.
As I worked to include technology familiar to most students such as personal cell phones and blogs, I consulted the school’s teacher/student communications, student cell phone and blogging policies and then notified parents.
Cell phones and email allows 24/7 communication which promotes student engagement and on-task behavior.