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Monday, May 3, 2010

Traveling Tanzania

Tanzania wasn’t on the list of countries for Galloping the Globe, but I was asked to help write a preschool unit for Itty Bitty Bookworm and I couldn’t pass up all the research that I had done for the unit!

We studied about Tanzania after we finished up our unit on Kenya since they are both in eastern Africa. Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and also has the tallest mountain ~ Mt. Kilimanjaro. For our study we started with the book We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs looked more at the Maasai culture, learned about Mt. Kilimanjaro, tried to speak a little Swahili, and just had fun exploring a little more of Africa!

Week 1 Layout


    • Introduce East Africa song about Tanzania from Geography Songs {see words below}
    • Use atlas and globe to locate Tanzania
    • Independent reading ~ pick a book from the shelf to read 
    • Watched this 10 minute YouTube video about Tanzania



    • Review geography song
    • Learn {and reviewed} some geography terms: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Great Rift Valley, lake, crater, and island {Zanzibar}
    • Completed our mapping activity of Tanzania

      mapping tanzania thumbnail Click on thumbnail to download pdf file


    • Review geography song
    • Built a Masai hut {which I cannot for the life of me find a picture of}. Laurianna gathered sticks/twigs from outside and glued them around a small can of chilies and it was very cute!
    • Learned about Mt. Kilimanjaro
    • Independent reading


    • Review geography song
    • Story from Around the World in 80 Tales ~ The Dancing Hyena
    • Talked about similarities/differences between our culture and life in Tanzania
    • Reading together book on Tanzania {from our bookshelf}

Week 2 Layout


Flag of Tanzania GTG


Resources and Websites Books We Used


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