Saturday 17 March 2012

Expedition Earth: AFRICA - Nigeria

We learned:
  • Nigeria has the largest population in Africa
  • It has the largest butterfly diversity of any country.
  • Is home to a few endangered animal species.
  • Has the third largest river delta in the world.
  • Really enjoyed reading the folk tales from Nigeria.
  • The flag is green and white. The green means farming and the white means unity/peace.
  • The country is in Africa.
  • The children wear uniforms to school.
  • They speak English.
  • They pump oil and sell it to make fuel.
  • The capital is: Abuja.
One of the animals that we looked at this week is the Gorilla.  Werribee Open Range Zoo now has Gorilla's on site so I rang Paul yesterday morning and asked if we could come in and see the Gorilla's behind the scenes as a wrap up for our week in Nigeria.  He contacted those in charge who said YES.  So at 4 pm we were off to see Gorilla's up close and personal. All visitors have to wear masks. 

Just look at the size of his hand ! That's 2" weld mesh.
There are three Gorillas at WORZ.  They are fed by seperate keepers to prevent them arguing over the food.  Here is a 20 second clip of Paul feeding one. This one on one time is also used to check on the animals well being and keeps up with their daily training.

Paul feeding a Gorilla behind the scenes at WORZ

The Resources we Used

Stories from Nigeria on the Internet
Some of our Notebook pages
Notebook Pages
**We do NOT use ALL pages but pick the ones we want.**

On the Internet
Jollof Chicken & Rice

  • Suya (Nigerian Chicken Skewers)
  • Jollof Chicken and Rice really enjoyable meal will definitely make this again.
  • West African Benne Cakes over at Confessions of a Homeschooler My family really enjoyed these. We used greaseproof paper when baking which made it really easy to remove the biscuits. We baked them for 5-8 min any longer and they were over cooked.
West African Benne Cakes.
PS We pick and choose what to read from each site. We do NOT read every article in its entirety.  
Due to the every changing nature of the Internet please check that these sites are still safe before allowing your children on them.

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Linking with 
Grateful for Grace: What We're Learning
 Collage Friday over at Home Grown Learners,   
Favourite Resources at Learning All the Time.


  1. Fun! Africa is a hot topic in our home. I love all of your resources. Thank you so much for sharing them. I think it would be fun to try your recipes next week!

    1. You are welcome :)

      Next week we will be visiting Morroco. Let us know how the food testing goes and what your family thinks :)

  2. Wow! We are visiting from Homegrown Learners. We used Expedition Africa last fall and we loved it. I love your post and all of the fabulous resources. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I would love to do a unit study of Africa and now you've inspired me.... this all looks so wonderful!

    Thanks for linking!

    1. It has been a lot of fun !

      You are welcome

  4. Wow! That's an impressive study. Do you do a unit study every week? How long did you spend on Nigeria? I'll have to search your blog to see if you've studied China.

    1. We are doing a unit a week at the moment.

      We do NOT do every page in every book. We mainly look at the pictures and talk about them because Sir N is only 6.
      We spent 6 days on Nigeria. The only book we read cover to cover is Nigeria - Ali Brownlie Bojang

      As for the internet reading we pick and choose bits that interrest us.

      Sorry we have not done China yet. That will be later this year.

  5. This is just wonderful Chareen!! Thanks for sharing with Favorite Resources.
    How cool to see gorillas up close...I am jealous!

    1. If you are ever in our neck of the woods I'll take you to see them too :)

  6. Wow, this is an amazing study! I love how you even incorporated cooking. And what a wonderful field trip!

    1. Thanks ! It was a great field trip and I recommend trying that dish it tastes great :) and the cookies have been reordered.

  7. Wow! That's the BEST Nigerian study I've ever seen. Not many get to see a gorilla up close and personal. Sweet!

    thanks again for linking up!

    1. :o) perks of being married to a Zoo Keeper !

      You are welcome .


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