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 Africa Lesson
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Hands-on Lesson:Africa

Use the Africa database provided.  You will need to search for information, rearrange, sort and otherwise manipulate the layout of the database as you investigate the relationships among the data.  Except as otherwise noted below, all questions can be answered using the database.  You will need access to the Internet – online – to complete this lesson.
Some of this work must be completed on paper after printing.
See the word processed option above.

No "Form" Function - Just Fill-in for Print

The Africa database is available in multiple formats in the FILES folder.  You can access the Excel version and the Access version from here. Note there is no Access program on a Macintosh.
EXCEL                   ACCESS

1. Identify the countries that speak the Arabic language as their primary language.

Using one copy of the Africa map that accompanies this lesson, write-in the names of those countries in their correct position.  To assist you in locating the correct country position for each name, you can refer to these internet locations as a source of information.  You could click these or cut and paste these URL addresses into your browser.         Click Here Here

Are most of these countries close to the Middle East, far away or scattered?

2. Identify the countries that have a life expectancy over 60 years of age.

How many have a population over 1,000,000?

Compare life expectancy with countries having a population under 1 million.

How is life expectancy correlated with populations over or under 1 million?

3. Find the English speaking countries.  Cotton seems to be the biggest export.
Given the assumption that these people can better communicate with the Americans, list the other items that could be exported to the United States.

4. What seems to be the primary industry in common among the countries with a per capita income of $1500 or more?



And of $200 or less? …


5. Compare the life expectancy and literacy among the most populated countries with the least populated.
With a greater population is it safe to assume that there is a greater percentage of literacy?



6. What percentage of countries has any sort of tourism and how does the income compare with countries with no apparent tourism?

Income comparison:

Does tourism seem very common in Africa?

Is tourism scattered or focused perhaps on coastal regions?


7. Correlate literacy and income with tourism among the various African countries.
Can you think of other countries in the world where tourism would be similar to African countries with both high and low tourism?

8. Do African people with higher incomes live longer?

Why do you think this is?


9. If you speak only English and work in the oil industry, would there be a large number countries where you could work?

List One:


10. If you work in the food processing industry, what language should you learn?

Would you perhaps make more money if you switched to the oil industry?


11. Report the life expectancy of the most and least crowded countries (people per square mile).


12. Is there any relationship between religion and income?

What/Why? (speculate)

For the following questions, access & print a full size map of Africa... Click here: >>

  Source for Other Africa Maps:

13. Using one copy of the Africa map and colored pencils – different color for different religions -  shade countries based on its primary religion.  (Could perform color shading using electronic map and a graphics program with a “fill” tool.)

Do languages seem to be grouped by region or scattered randomly or does grouping vary throughout the continent?


14. Using a second copy of the Africa map, do the same with languages.  (Could perform color shading using electronic map and a graphics “fill” tool.)
Answer the same questions regarding grouping throughout the continent.

15. On the map colored for languages, draw a line connecting the English speaking countries.
Choose two lines drawn:  If these are trade routes, what additional languages would you need to know if you traveled these routes?  Record the countries traversed and language data below:
Route - 1 ... From  -to- 
Countries Traversed
Language Spoken
Route - 2 ... From  -to- 
Countries Traversed
Language Spoken

16. On the Internet, you are to complete the on-line quiz on Africa.

Remember the information resources listed in question 1.  There are 49 questions.  After the last question, when results indicate [Quiz Over], enter your final numeric score in the box below and print the Quiz Screen/frame to include with this lesson.
Access On-line Interactive Africa Quiz Here:
Quiz Score: 
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