Educator Resources

The Kansas African Studies Center, a designated U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center, is committed to strengthening inter-disciplinarity, developing experiential learning opportunities, fostering language development, expanding regional knowledge, supporting internationalization of the professional schools, and partnering with K-12 schools, community colleges, and other universities. On this page you can find information about upcoming or past workshops, lesson plans, a library of books, recipes and articles, and more!
Teacher Workshop flyer
Teacher Workshop flyer for World Wednesdays Series
2014 Teacher workshop flyer
ColLAB Participants looking at a map

Educator Workshops

Professional development workshops designed to help educators incorporate African content into the classroom.

KASC develops a wide array of workshops open to all faculty, students, and educators interested in African studies and culture. In partnership with other KU Area Studies Centers or community organizations, we collaborate with educators, faculty, and community experts to host two-to-three workshops annually for Great Plains K-16 educators on a wide variety of pedagogical and curricular topics. These workshops are meant to help K-16 educators, students, communities, and educational institutions increase awareness and understanding of Africa. We also coordinate or sponsor over 80 events annually, such as lectures, symposia, film screenings, concerts and conferences, so there are many ways for you and your students to learn and engage.

Young students listening to a presentation

Lesson Plans

KASC has a collection of K-12 lesson plans available upon request that were created by teachers for teachers. Teachers can bring African culture to their classrooms through hands-on art projects to simulate traveling activities to engaging discussion.

All of the activities in the lesson plans in the catalog can be replicated in the classroom, and any pedagogical materials can be requested from the center.

The following print resources of teacher created lesson plans are available by request. Please send an email to Charlotte Kukundakwe at kasc@ku.edu.

  • Africa is My Home Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Akata Warrior Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Baby Goes to Market Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Black Dove, White Raven Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Chicken in the Kitchen Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Gizo-Gizo Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Mama Africa Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • One Shadow on the Wall Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Sleep Well, Siba and Saba Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Soldier Boy Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • The Bitter Side of Sweet Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • The Matatu Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees Lesson Plan (pdf)

More Resources

KASC is happy to provide resources for classroom discussion and engagement with topics and themes surrounding African cultural awareness.

Looking for Africa-related books to incorporate into your K-8 classroom?
Here's a list of websites and selected books you can use to introduce your students to contemporary Africa. 

Websites with a specific focus on: 

Social justice issues - Visit the organization's website for books and resources on teaching about Africa.

Teaching tolerance - Visit the organization's website for resources (articles, guides, lessons, films, webinars, frameworks and more) on racial justice and equity.

Facing History prejudice - Visit the organization's websites for resources addressing racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history.

Books for K-3 Students 

I lost my tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite and Baba Wague Diakite (2006) - Age 3+

A good book to talk about migration, home away from home, and the similarities we share as people, albeit draped in cultural varieties.


Book cover for "I lost My Tooth in Africa." An illustration of a young girl standing under a papaya tree with birds flying overhead.

 
 

Mama Panya's Pancakes by Mary Chamberlin, Rich Chamberlin, and Julia Cairns (2006) age 4+

Placed in Kenya, this book sets an ideal context to talk about sharing and to introduce Kiswahili. 


Book cover for "Mama Panya's Pancakes." An illustration of five young children and one dog surrounding an elderly woman cooking over an open fire and telling stories.

 

I Know That! by Maryanne Bester and Shayle Bester (2014) Jacana Books, age 4+

This book continues the Bester sisters' series featuring Gaps, the Nguni Calf. I Know That!teaches youngsters the value of reading, books, and learning.
Alternatively, the book provides an opportunity to talk about Nguni cattle and how they might differ from cattle elsewhere in the world. 


Book cover for "I Know That." An illustration of a wall-shelf filled with books. An anthropomorphic cow is dancing in front of the shelves with a duck.

Art

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

The Museum for African Art in New York

The Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, Kansas

University of Pennsylvania, Arts and architecture.

University of Virginia, Arts, aesthetic and meaning.

University of Iowa, Art and life in Africa online.

Recipes

A Cookbook of Uganda's Traditional Foods (pdf) [A printable A Cookbook of Uganda's Traditional Foods is available by request. Please email Charlotte Kukundakwe at kasc@ku.edu.]

The Congo Cookbook

African Recipes from the University of Pennsylvania 

International Vegetarian Union African Recipes -  122 Vegan Sub-Saharan

African Recipes

Recipe Source: Online African Recipe Archive

The Africa Guide: African Cookbook

International Programs

Council on International Educational Exchange - "For U.S. students, faculty, and administrators, CIEE offers programs including study abroad, teach abroad, and faculty development seminars."

International Student Exchange Program - "ISEP, the first global student exchange consortium, is a worldwide network of over 300 higher education institutions in 50 countries cooperating to provide affordable access to international education for a diverse student population."

University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad 

U.S. Department of Education

External Links

Kansas Council for the Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies

International Relations Council 

University of Texas, Austin Library System Collection of African Maps

National Capital Language Resource Center: Culture Club for Language Educators

PBS Explore Africa Website

Afrophile: Recommended titles on Africa for children and young people.

Africa Access: An online database that contains reviews and annotations of over 900 materials on Africa.

Database on Africana materials

Dogon Niger Lobi: Excellent pictures from several areas of Africa.

Teach and Learn about East Africa

Stanford University Resource Guide on Africa

H-AfrTeach- a discussion list whose mission is to provide a stimulating forum for those teaching or considering the possibilities of teaching about Africa at all educational levels.

H-AfResearch - a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Science OnLine. It encourages discussion of issues surrounding the use of primary sources in African humanities and social sciences research.

National Geographic: Africa 

MSU Africa Podcast

Africa Access Review

Wonders of the African World by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.- Join Gates on a journey to discover African history and culture

Exploring Africa

[PLACEHOLDER for Information about the EGARC film collection]

 

KASC supports the acquisition of resources that are housed in Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC) and KU lIbraries

Link to EGARC

Link to KU Libraries

Link to EGARC Language Text Book Collection

Link to EGARC Africa Documentary Film Collection

Looking for Africa-related books to incorporate into your K-8 classroom?
Here's a list of websites and selected books you can use to introduce your students to contemporary Africa. 

Websites with a specific focus on: 

Social justice issues - Visit the organization's website for books and resources on teaching about Africa.

Teaching tolerance - Visit the organization's website for resources (articles, guides, lessons, films, webinars, frameworks and more) on racial justice and equity.

Facing History prejudice - Visit the organization's websites for resources addressing racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history.

Books for K-3 Students 

I lost my tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite and Baba Wague Diakite (2006) - Age 3+

A good book to talk about migration, home away from home, and the similarities we share as people, albeit draped in cultural varieties.


Book cover for "I lost My Tooth in Africa." An illustration of a young girl standing under a papaya tree with birds flying overhead.

 
 

Mama Panya's Pancakes by Mary Chamberlin, Rich Chamberlin, and Julia Cairns (2006) age 4+

Placed in Kenya, this book sets an ideal context to talk about sharing and to introduce Kiswahili. 


Book cover for "Mama Panya's Pancakes." An illustration of five young children and one dog surrounding an elderly woman cooking over an open fire and telling stories.

 

I Know That! by Maryanne Bester and Shayle Bester (2014) Jacana Books, age 4+

This book continues the Bester sisters' series featuring Gaps, the Nguni Calf. I Know That!teaches youngsters the value of reading, books, and learning.
Alternatively, the book provides an opportunity to talk about Nguni cattle and how they might differ from cattle elsewhere in the world. 


Book cover for "I Know That." An illustration of a wall-shelf filled with books. An anthropomorphic cow is dancing in front of the shelves with a duck.

Art

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

The Museum for African Art in New York

The Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, Kansas

University of Pennsylvania, Arts and architecture.

University of Virginia, Arts, aesthetic and meaning.

University of Iowa, Art and life in Africa online.

Recipes

A Cookbook of Uganda's Traditional Foods (pdf) [A printable A Cookbook of Uganda's Traditional Foods is available by request. Please email Charlotte Kukundakwe at kasc@ku.edu.]

The Congo Cookbook

African Recipes from the University of Pennsylvania 

International Vegetarian Union African Recipes -  122 Vegan Sub-Saharan

African Recipes

Recipe Source: Online African Recipe Archive

The Africa Guide: African Cookbook

International Programs

Council on International Educational Exchange - "For U.S. students, faculty, and administrators, CIEE offers programs including study abroad, teach abroad, and faculty development seminars."

International Student Exchange Program - "ISEP, the first global student exchange consortium, is a worldwide network of over 300 higher education institutions in 50 countries cooperating to provide affordable access to international education for a diverse student population."

University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad 

U.S. Department of Education

External Links

Kansas Council for the Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies

International Relations Council 

University of Texas, Austin Library System Collection of African Maps

National Capital Language Resource Center: Culture Club for Language Educators

PBS Explore Africa Website

Afrophile: Recommended titles on Africa for children and young people.

Africa Access: An online database that contains reviews and annotations of over 900 materials on Africa.

Database on Africana materials

Dogon Niger Lobi: Excellent pictures from several areas of Africa.

Teach and Learn about East Africa

Stanford University Resource Guide on Africa

H-AfrTeach- a discussion list whose mission is to provide a stimulating forum for those teaching or considering the possibilities of teaching about Africa at all educational levels.

H-AfResearch - a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Science OnLine. It encourages discussion of issues surrounding the use of primary sources in African humanities and social sciences research.

National Geographic: Africa 

MSU Africa Podcast

Africa Access Review

Wonders of the African World by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.- Join Gates on a journey to discover African history and culture

Exploring Africa

[PLACEHOLDER for Information about the EGARC film collection]

 

KASC supports the acquisition of resources that are housed in Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC) and KU lIbraries

Link to EGARC

Link to KU Libraries

Link to EGARC Language Text Book Collection

Link to EGARC Africa Documentary Film Collection