Introduction to Hands-On Africa

Adaptable for Grades 2 – 12

Hands-On Africa is a fun notebooking project that helps history and geography students learn the countries of Africa. The Hands-On Africa e-book contains 54 sets of notebooking pages, one for each of 54 countries of Africa. Each set invites students to:

  • Research key geographical data for each country, along with fascinating facts about the national flag, notable citizens and more

  • Write in their own words what they learn.

  • Illustrate what they learn with pictures of state symbols.

  • Present what they learn in well-organized, keepsake notebooks.

Each set of notebooking pages is custom-designed for its particular country, with pictures of the national flag, national symbols and more.

The project book also includes an answer key. If the resources available to your students don't provide the answers they need, then you can always turn to the answer key for help.

Hands-on Africa contains three pages per country, each more detailed than the last. This arrangement allows parents and teachers to tailor notebooking projects for students of different grade levels, according to these suggestions:

  1. Students in grades 2 – 4 might complete only the first page. Page one covers basic details about each country, including its capital, system of government, major ethnic groups, religions and more.

  2. Students in grades 4 – 8 might complete the first two pages. Page two adds details about national symbols.

  3. Students in grades 8 – 12 might complete all three pages. The third page asks students to research and write brief reports on each country’s history and geography.

Parents and teachers who are following BiblioPlan can use Hands-On Africa as a supplement to Year Four, which divides Africa as follows:

  1. Weeks 1 – 16 covers 7 countries of North Africa, 5 countries of Southern Africa and 10 countries of Central Africa.
  2. Weeks 17 - 26 cover 17 countries of East Africa.
  3. Weeks 27 - 34 cover 16 countries of West Africa.

A chart lists which country or countries go with which BiblioPlan week.

Those who aren’t following BiblioPlan can still use Hands-On Africa to teach the countries of Africa, in any order and on any time schedule they choose.

For parents and teachers who wish to test how much their students have learned, Hands-on Africa also contains an exam.


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