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					Africa
  by:

Mr. Aaron Wexler
 • MS Entomology, Texas A&M University
 • BS George Washington University
 • HS Scotch Plains, NJ

 18 November 2005

 Rahway Middle School
 Classroom of Mr. Graig Ericksen
Africa Info
• Total area 11,700,000 square miles
           » (3 x the USA)
  – 15% desert
  – 10 % tropical rainforest
  – 35% savanna grasslands
• Over 1,000 languages
• Over 800 ethnic groups
• Traditional religion, Christianity, Islam,
  Hinduism and others
• The most biodiverse and resource rich
  continent
  Africa ~ 55 Countries
The World ~ 270 Countries
                  About Me
• Kid in New Jersey (Rahway & Scotch Plains)
• Undergraduate George Washington Uni., DC
  –   Bachelor’s of Science
  –   Comparative Vertibrate Anatomy
  –   Semester abroad in Tanzania
  –   Published DCDOG.COM
• Graduate Texas A&M University
  – Master’s of Entomology
  – Married in 2004 to Ngozi Uzogara
• Currently live in England
What is Important to Learn in
   Today’s Presentation
• Exposure to African cultures, society and
  environments
  – What are African houses and buildings like?
  – What do Africans look like?
  – What do Africans eat?
  – What kinds of transportation are in Africa and
    what do I use when I travel there?
  – What are the environments and ANIMALS like?
  – What are your thoughts on Africa?
         African Buildings
• What are African houses and buildings
  like?
  – What are the houses made of?
                   People
• 800,000,000 people live in Africa
  – That’s almost a billion
• 295,000,000 people live in the USA
  – There are almost 3 times as many in Africa


• What do Africans look like?
  – Do you think you know?
          Races of Africa
• Humans originated (came from) in
  Africa and all racial and genetic
  variation found outside of Africa is also
  in Africa
• There are many races of Africans
  – That means that there is more than just
    “black” humans in Africa.
• Racial and ethnic diversity
  – Similar to the USA
San People
                  People
• Social & Cultural Interaction
   =Social Studies

  Africa offers a lot of that, just ask Mr.
   Ericksen.
            African Food

• What kind of food is available in Africa?

• Is food a part of Social Studies?
Trains, Planes Automo-camels

• What kinds of transportation are in
  Africa and what do I use when I travel
  there?
           Environments
     • Environment = Ecosystem = Place
• What are of the different environments
  in Africa?
            Environment
• Question for the class: What happens
  when animals live in an environment
  where people live too?

• Answer: Animals have to learn to live
  with humans, leave or go extinct.

• For example…
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
            Environment
• The best part of Africa is the
  ANIMALS

• Question: Where do all the most animals
  live in Africa?

• Answer: Where humans protect them!
         Wildlife & People
           A Social Issue
• Why?




                Because, like it or not,
                 we all live together!
Because, like it or not,
 we all live together!
Because, like it or not,
 we all live together!
Because, like it or not,
 we all live together!
   Questions for the Students
• What are bad things that you have heard about Africa?
   – Are they true or false stereotypes?
• What are good things that you have heard?
• What things did you think about Africa before that are true or
  not true by this presentation?
• What do people eat in Africa?
• Can you compare the homes and buildings in Africa to those in
  the USA?
• What things in these photos of Africa remind you of home and
  what things do you see as different?
• Do you want to go to Africa?
• How does Social Studies help you understand the Africa?
Why Learn About The World?
• AKA: Why social studies rules!?
              More Info
• Download this presentation
  – www.exittoafrica.com/classroom/


• Mr. Wexler’s website and contact info
  – www.exittoafrica.com
  – aaron@exittoafrica.com


• Or ask Mr. Ericksen for help

				
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