Grasping Ghana’s Greatness 8-12-Year-Olds
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Lesson 1: Overview

Students will explore Ghana’s great geographical features.

  • Students will identify Ghana on a map of Africa.
  • Students will identify neighboring countries of Ghana.
  • Students will identify lakes, rivers, mountains, plains, low hills and caves of Ghana.
  • Students will explore the islands of Ghana.
  • Students will investigate the world’s largest artificial lake, Lake Volta.

Students will explore Ghana’s biomes.

  • Students will define the terms plateau, uplands, lowlands
  • Students will identify the biomes of Ghana.
  • Students will identify the location of each biome and which land features are unique to the biome.
  • Students will learn what is great about the Kwahu plateau and the Ashanti Uplands.

Lesson 2: Overview

Ghanaian National Symbols

  • Students will identify the meaning of Ghana’s flag (colors and images).
  • Students will learn about Ghana’s national symbols (coat of arms, motto, etc.).
  • Students will learn the meaning of the word Ghana (warrior king).

Ghana’s Historical Review

  • Students will explore Ghana’s pre-colonization history.
  • Students will learn about Ghana’s road to independence from the British.
  • Students will learn about Ghana’s connection to the Gold Coast of Africa.
  • Students will focus on Ghana’s Akan state and Dagomba state.
  • Students will learn about the Door of No Return at Cape Coast Castle in Elmina, Ghana.
  • Students will learn about Ghana’s status as an independent country.

Ghana’s Indigenous and Important People

  • Students will explore the Akan indigenous groups.
  • Students will explore the Ashanti people.
  • Students will focus on Kwame Nkrumah and other prominent Ghanaian leaders.

Ghana Today

  • Students will look at Ghana’s current events.
  • Students will look at current environmental, social, and economical concerns of Ghana.

Lesson 3: Overview

Ghanaian Architecture

  • Students will explore the art forms seen in Ghanaian architecture.
  • Students will consider the importance of this art form.

Ghanaian Movement

  • Students will learn about Ghanaian dances.
  • Students will learn about the history and significance of drumming.

Ghanaian Musicians

  • Students will review traditional Ghanaian musical instruments.
  • Students will learn the significance of Ghanaian music.
  • Students will explore the music of Ghanaian folk dances.

Ghana’s Social Traditions

  • Students will learn about Ghana’s festivals and celebrations.
  • Students will learn about the food Fufu (a starchy dish), and other foods (yams and cassava).
  • Students will learn to count to ten in Twi.
  • Students will learn the tradition of naming children.
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