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Students will: Use brainstorming and interpersonal skills to share their prior knowledge and ideas about topics related to the geography, people and animals of the Sahara region of Africa. Work in a large group to use a map to identify various physical features of the Sahara region. Use their prior knowledge and information from maps to compare water resources, weather, agriculture, and other characteristics of the Sahara region in Africa, the United States and other countries with similar location (longitude/latitude). Hypothesize about the lifestyle, homes and occupations of the people living in the Sahara as well as about the crops and livestock in the region. Conduct Internet and library research to learn about the geography of the Sahara region and record this information for use in developing a project related to the region. Work as a large group to complete a causes and effect graphic organizer that discusses the causes of desertification and the effects of desertification on the people, plants and animals of northern Africa. Create a project focusing on what they have learned about the geography of the Sahara region and how desertification has impacted the people, plants and animals of the area. Share their completed projects with classmates to demonstrate their learning, and check to see if the information they brainstormed and hypothesized in earlier parts of the lesson is accurate.
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