Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
The Amazing Animals of Africa
Go On Safari Without Leaving Home
National Geographic Kids collaborated with the notable conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert to publish this stunning book of the animals of Africa. Both kids and adults will want to dive into this beautifully photographed book to learn fascinating facts about African animals. Familiar animals such as the African elephants, giraffes, and lions are featured, along with many animals that one may not be familiar with. Have you ever heard of an African crested porcupine? How about a hairy frog?
Each chapter features large photographs of animals and fascinating facts about them. Chapter One begins with the elephants of Africa. Interesting facts about an elephant's trunk are featured. Gorillas, zebras, and cheetas are just a few of the animals that are featured in Chapter One. Chapter Two features facts about how the animals use survival techniques in the wilds of Africa. The variety of African ecosystems pose challenges to the animals and their survival techniques are useful in all of the ecosystems that are found in Africa. Chapter Four contains a wealth of facts that answer questions about all kinds of mysteries that African animals pose to conservationists and scientists who study animals. How did the giraffes get their long necks? The most mysterious include the pangolin and the zenkerella.
The Jouberts are dedicated conservationists who are helping to educate others about what they can do to restore and protect the wildlife of Africa. They feature a part of this book as a discussion of how everyone can help to protect these animals. Speaking up about endangered species, signing petitions that appear, supporting wildlife groups in your community, and making choices that are friendly to our planet all help the preserve wildlife.
Come along with the Jouberts on a rescue mission for the rhinos of Africa in one of the final chapters of The Ultimate Book of African Animals.
The Ultimate Book of African Animals was published by National Geographic Kids publications and has an ISBN of 978-1-4263-7187-5.
Photographs of African Animals As Only National Geographic Can Do
Bring The Ultimate Book of African Animals Into Your Classroom
The Ultimate Book of African Animals is a perfect addition to a curriculum that includes learning about Africa. Animals are always the first thing that come to mind when teaching about Africa. This comprehensive book with its beautiful photographs that are the signature of National Geographic photographers will engage students in learning about each animal. Animals from all parts of Africa are included.
Teachers who teach geography will find a wealth of ideas for offering the animals of Africa as part of their curriculum. Africa can be divided into four geographical areas. Students have the opportunity to research each animal that is featured in The Ultimate Book of African Animals and the area of Africa that the animal can be found in.
Offer the opportunity for students to choose their favorite animal that is found in Africa and dive deeper into projects that they are interested in to learn about the animals.
Students also have the opportunity to learn about ways that they can participate in order to preserve the wildlife in Africa. Your class might like to learn about organizations that take donations for conservationists. Students have the opportunity to organize a class activity to raise money for conservation.
I especially like the suggestion from the book that teachers can use in their classroom for students to do research on an endangered animal. The suggestion for students to create their own book or website with information about an endangered animal is a fun and educational project for your students.
The information about making choices that help our earth is also a great class project. Helping our earth by recycling, cleaning a beach or park, and using reusable water bottles is also a project that students can regularly participate in.
Take a safari without ever leaving home!
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