Countries of Africa
Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2012 by 08:00

It's time to start decorating our classroom map of Africa! Each one of you has a country that I have picked out for you below. Follow the steps carefully to know what you need to do for this blog post AND for the Africa map in the classroom.

= Blog post assignment

STEPS IN PURPLE = African map assignment in classroom

STEP ONE: Each of you has three clues that connect to a country in Africa. Read the clues and do a Google search to see if you can find the name of your country. Define each of the three words in your blog post.

STEP TWO: Once you have found the name of your African nation, you will need to fill in the blanks below on the essential information of your country for the blog:

1. Name of African Country:__________________
2. Capital: __________________
3. Population: __________________
4. Official Languages: __________________
5. Currency: __________________

STEP THREE: Can you locate your country on a world map? Find your country on the classroom African map drawn by 8th grader Piotr and trace the outline of it on a blank piece of paper. Decorate the country by drawing and coloring the official flag inside the outline (See below for two examples). 

STEP FOUR: Cut out your map and write the name of the country on the opposite side. Tape a corner of the country on the large African map in the classroom so others can lift up the map to see the country's name on the opposite side. 

STEP FIVE: Find out what and where the capital of your African country is. Neatly write the capital name and a star with a circle around it (⍟) under your country map flap on the classroom African map.


BRIAN: Chobe National Park / San bushmen / mopane worms

ADILBEK: Himba people / Hoba meteorite / world's largest sand dunes

FRANCESCO: Once called Rhodesia / Robert Mugabe / 100 trillion dollar note

FEDERICO: Giant Lourenco Marques prawns / Makonde art / Bazaruto Archipelago

MARSEL: Chewa people / "Warm Heart of Africa" / Chongoni Rock Art Area

RIVER: Once called Northern Rhodesia / Tonga people / Kuomboka ceremony

ARTAK: biltong / springbok / apartheid

DARIA K.: cabidela / landmines / giant sable antelope

Basotho people / Thaba Bosiu / spiral aloe

lemur / aloalo / Famadihana

LIAM: pangolin / Kota people / iboga plant

STANISLAV: Mokele-mbembe / Kingdom of Loango / Pygmy tribe

NIKOL: Goliath frog /Waza National Park / Lake Nyos

PIOTR: okapi / Boyoma Falls / Once called Zaire

EDGAR: Aka people / Jean-Bédel Bokassa / Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve

VSEVOLOD: Eric Moussambani / Bioko Island / Francisco Macías Nguema

Mr. Hendricks
15/10/2012 06:25:08 am

Example blog post:

Mr. Hendricks: voodoo / Kingdom of Dahomey / Ganvie

voodoo: animist religion that began Benin
Dahomey: the ancient kingdom of Benin from the 1600s-1894
Ganvie: A Benin village built on stilts in Lake Nokoué

1. Name of African Country: Benin
2. Capital: Porto Novo
3. Population: 8,791,832
4. Official Languages: French
5. Currency: CFA Franc

16/10/2012 02:59:37 am

Piotr:Okapi / Boyoma Falls / Once called Zaire

Okapi:An animal that lives in Republic of the Congo.
Boyoma Falls:Also called Stanleys Falls, it's located in Republic of Congo.
Zaire was once called: Before Republic of Congo was called Republic of Zaire.

1.Name of African country: Republic of Congo
2.Capital: Brazzaville
3.Population: 4,366,266
4.Official Languages: French
5.Currency: CFA Franc

Edgar U.
17/10/2012 04:57:40 am

Hello, Mr. Hendricks

EDGAR: Aka people / Jean-Bédel Bokassa / Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve

Aka people:People from Central African Republic who live by hunting. Their population about 30,000 people. The right pronunciation is Ah-kah.
Jean-Bédel Bokassa:A president of Central African Republic (1 January 1966–4 December 1976) and for almost three years he reigned as emperor (4 December 1976—20 September 1979).Died in November 1996.
Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve(also known as Dzanga-Sangha Special Forest Reserve): a protected reserve of southwestern Central African Republic. It was established in 1990 and covers 6865.54 km².

1.Name of African country:Central African Republic
4.Official Languages:French
5:Currency:CFA Franc

17/10/2012 05:25:29 am

River: Once called Northern Rhodesia / Tonga people / Kuomboka ceremony.

Northern Rhodesia: This was what Zambia was called in 1911.
Tonga people: These people were an ethnic group in Zambia.
Kuomboka Ceremony: Is the movement from flooded land to dry land because of the high tides of water.

1. Name of African Country: Zambia
2. Capital: Lusaka
3. Population: 14,309,466 people
4. Official Languages: English
5. Currency: Zambian Kwacha

Thanks for listening :)

18/10/2012 04:39:36 am

Giant Lourenco Marques prawns:These prawns are famous for their large size
Makonde art:Famous sculptures carved by the tribes
Bazaruto Archipelago: An island out of the six that it holds

1.Name of African country:Mozambique
3.Population: 23,515,934
4.Official Language:Portuguese

18/10/2012 04:40:29 am

Dear Mr.Hendricks

Artak= Biltong / Springbok / Apartheid

Biltong: The biltong is a type of cured meat. This meat come from South Africa. The meet can be beef or ostrich from comercial farms.

Springbok: The Springbok is a brown and white type of gazella of southwestern Africa. The springbok high is about 70 adn 90 cm. They can run 100/km if they are followed by a predator.

Apartheid: The Apartheid is is an Afrikaans word for a system of racial segregation made from the National Party goverment.who were from the party from 1948 to 1994.

1.Name of African Country: South Africa.

2.Capital: Pretoria Pretoria (executive),Bloemfontein (judicial),Cape Town (legislative).

3.Population: 48,810,427 people.

4.Official Languages: South African has 11 diferent official leguages they are Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.

5.Currency: South African rand (ZAR).

Artak Knyazyan

Thanks =)

18/10/2012 04:46:37 am

Good evening Mr. Hendricks.

Marsel: Chewa people / "Warm Heart of Africa" / Chongoni Rock Art Area.

Chewa people: Chewa are the people of Central and South Africa.
Warm Heart of Africa: Studio album by The Very Best.
Chongoni Rock Art Area: Chongoni Rock Art Area was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. It is located in the Central Region of Malawi.

1. Name of African Country: Republic of Malawi.
2. Capital: Lilongwe.
3. Population: 14 901 000 people.
4. Official Languages: English, Chichewa.
5. Currency: Malawian Kwacha.

18/10/2012 04:46:58 am

Hi Mr Handricks,

1. Name of African Country: Cameroon.
2. Capital: Yaoundé
3. Population: 13995904
4. Official Languages: English and French
5. Currency: Franc converter, dollar, euro, pound converter.

Thanx :)

18/10/2012 05:14:37 am

Francesco: Once called Rhodesia, Robert Mugabe, 100 trillion dollar note.

Once called Rhodesia: Rhodesia was Zimbabwe in the old time.

Robert Mugabe: first minister of Zimbabwe and than became president of Zimbabwe.

100 trillion dollar bill: was used just for a few months before Zimbabwe dollar was officially abandoned.

1.Name of your african country: Zimbabwe.
2.Capital: Harare.
3.Population: 12,619,600.
4.Official languages: English.
5.Currency: Zimbabwe dollar.

daria k
19/10/2012 08:23:39 pm

Daria k: cabidela / landmines / giant sable antelope

Cabidela - is a dish made of ducks meat.
landmines - A land mine is an explosive device, concealed under or on the ground and designed to destroy or disable enemy targets as they pass over or near the device.
giant sable antelope - is a large, rare subspecies of sable antelope native and endemic to the region between the Cuango and Luando Rivers in Angola.

1. name of African country: Angola.
2. Capital: Luanda.
3. Population: 18,056,072.
4. Official language: Portuguese.
5. currency: Kwanza

Liam M
20/10/2012 01:09:39 pm

Hi Mr. Hendricks,

Liam: pangolin, Kota people, iboga plant.

pangolin: is a small scaly animal (mammal).
Kota people: the Kota people are an ethnic group from the north eastern region of Gabon.
iboga plant: is a perennial rainforest shrub and hallucinogen, native to western Central Africa.

Country: Gabon
Capital: Libreville
Language: Central African CFA franc

20/10/2012 06:18:56 pm

Hi Mr. Hendricks

Seva:Eric Moussambani / Bioko Island / Francisco Macías Nguema

Eric Moussambani: A swimmer from Equatorial Guinea who participated in the Olympics.
Bioko Island: Is an island north east of Equatorial Guinea.
Francisco Macias Nguema: Ex President of Equatorial Guinea.

1.Name of your african country: Equatorial Guinea
2.Capital: Malabo
3.Population: 676,000
4.Official languages: Spanish
5.Currency:Central African CFA franc

20/10/2012 09:46:45 pm

Yana: Basotho people / Thaba Bosiu / spiral aloe

Basotho people: The ancestors of the Sotho people have lived in southern Africa since around the fifth century.

Thaba Bosiu: Thaba Bosiu is a sandstone plateau with an area of approximately 2 km2 and a height of 1,804 meters above sea level.

Spiral aloe: Is a species in the genus Aloe that is endemic to the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg mountains.

1. Name of African Country: Lesotho
2.Capital: Maseru
3.Population: 2,193,843
4.Official languages: Sotho, Southern, English
5.Currency: Loti

21/10/2012 01:00:42 am

Hello Mr. Hendricks,
Stas: Mokele-mbembe / Kingdom of Loango / Pygmy tribe
Mokele-mbembe Following the tradition of the Congo River bain, Mokale-mbembe is a wide territorial herbivore.
Kingdom of Loango is a was a pre-colonial African state from about 15th century to 19th century.Now is called The Republic of Congo.
Pygmy tribe is a term that was used to various ethnic groups, whose height was quite short

23/10/2012 06:00:14 am

Name of African country: Republic of Congo
Capital: Brazzaville
Population: 4,366,266 People
Official Languages: French, Kongo,
Currency: Central African CFA franc.

21/10/2012 06:40:28 am

ADILBEK: Himba people / Hoba meteorite / world's largest sand dunes

Himba people:The Himba (singular: Omuhimba, plural: Ovahimba) are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people, living in northern Namibia.
Hoba meteorite: is a meteorite that lies on the farm. It has been uncovered, but because of its large mass has never been moved from where it fell.
World's largest sand dunes:is a hill of sand built either by wind or water flow. Dunes occur in different forms and sizes, formed by interaction with the flow of air or water.

1.Name of African Country: Namibia
2.Capital: Windhoek
4.Official Languages:English
5.Currency:Namibian dollar (NAD)

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