Africa and Asia
Age 8-10: Concept 3 - Similarities and Differences: Unit 1

Journey to the amazing continents of Africa and Asia. In Africa, you will find a wide variety of wildlife, environments, and people. Hop over to Asia where your child will create quilt squares to reflect the diversity of cultures found on this continent. Through this unit, your child will learn how people across the world are similar and different.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be taught in conjunction with the language arts unit Stories from Africa and Asia.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 8-10 social studies units utilize a laminated timeline poster to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events.
$4.99 #332 8-10 Timeline


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Land of Africa (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The People of Africa (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: African Country Research (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: The Land of Asia (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: The People and Countries of Asia (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Asian Culture (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Africa and Asia Think-Tac-Toe (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze changes which have occurred in communities past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze similarities and differences among families in different times and places. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze various types of maps and globes. (Social Studies)
  • Compare economic and social roles of children and adults in the local community to selected communities around the world. (Social Studies)
  • Compare ways in which people in the local community and around the world meet their needs. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how individuals, events, and ideas change over time. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among communities in different times and in different places. (Social Studies)
  • Describe variations in the physical environment including climate, landforms, natural resources, and natural hazards. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and compare people's characteristics living in selected regions. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and compare the people's characteristics living in selected regions. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize diverse leaders, past and present, who demonstrate responsible citizenship. (Social Studies)
  • Use appropriate source maps to locate communities. (Social Studies)
  • Use geographic terminology to describe variations in the physical environment of communities. (Social Studies)
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