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Lesson Plan Links

Art

http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/Lessons/7mancala.htm
This is an excellent junior high art exercise (with an elementary adaptation) in 
making ise/mancala boards from paper mache. Why not make the animals even more Benin specific?

http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/Lessons/7africa.htm
Another excellent art lesson plan by Judy Decker, easily adaptable to high 
school as well as junior high. Having students use Benin-oriented themes and 
motifs would be a simple shift.

http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/Lessons/6africa.htm
Judy Decker does it again! Paperweaving...try these exercises with Benin motifs? Oh, yes!


English

English and Social Studies

http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/educators/lessonplans/lesson.cfm?lpid=473
Junior high and high school. Adapt this lesson, which trains students in style 
analysis and imagination. This plan uses a Peace Corps volunteer's letters home from Senegal--adapt to the Benin Kingdom experience by using our website (http://www.iyare.net), or, for more advanced students, go to primary sources, and ask students to take the roles of external visitors to Benin over time and flip them to write about an Edo visitor to their town at various points in time, and what kind of observations he/she might make.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/africa/tools/culture/goals.html
Secondary School. Ways to incorporate discussions of folklore, everyday life, 
food, art, and religion. Use our website (http://www.iyare.net), blog (http://iyare-penn.blogspot.com), and links to customize the lessons to the
Benin
Kingdom
. That way material stays consistent and students have a chance to see the richness of a single culture, rather than just scratch the continent's surface. Don't forget the teacher's guide link.


Math

http://www.publicsphereproject.org/patterns/pattern.pl/public?pattern_id=494
The challenge of teaching about African fractals through hairstyles or 
architecture


Music

http://www.drums.org/djembefaq/v8b.htm
The ukuse is Benin's version of the Yoruba sekere, and is similarly made and played

http://pbskids.org/africa/piano/piano.html
Fun interactive for kids to listen to and record thumb piano music. Benin musical instruments include the thumb piano, though they are not among the most popular instruments.

https://www.lessonplanet.com/register/step-1?keywords=drum&media=
lesson&title=Sounds+Like+Science+-+Drums

Scientific basis for sound with a drum as the example. Requires registration for a free trial.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:*:IE-SearchBox&rlz=
1I7HPNN&q=african+drum+lesson+plan&start=30&sa=N

Elementary school resource for drumming lesson

http://www.instructables.com/id/Instant-Thumb-Piano%3a-How-to-make-
a-set-screw-lamel/

Secondary school. While not organized as a lesson plan, gives directions on how to make a thumb piano with variations


Social Studies

http://www.outreachworld.org/resource.asp?curriculumid=197
Useful size relationships relating to the continent and other parts of the world

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/world/nigeria_
elections.html

Middle and secondary school. Lesson plan examines "free and fair elections" by comparing Nigerian and U.S. contests.


Social Studies and Geography

http://www.edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=412
Grades 3-5 finding information on a map, learning about Benin through its art. 
Rich links!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/africa/tools/where/goals.html
High School. African diversity


Science, Environment

http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/educators/lessonplans/lesson.cfm?lpid=1661
Adapt this Peace Corps volunteer lesson plan that deals with water throughout the African continent, contrasting Benin with a dryer area.

http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/educators/lessonplans/lesson.cfm?lpid=111
Elementary; junior high.  Water-borne diseases and clean water in Africa


 

The image on this page: Benin artists create many relief doors, particularly for chiefs, that show scenes of palace life. They appear to be 20th century innovations. 2002. Detail.

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Text and field photographs 2008 Kathy Curnow, unless otherwise noted