Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Our Awe-inspiring African Adventure!

Recently we were fortunate enough to have
the Giant Traveling Map of Africa visit our school!

We journeyed to Africa three times during the
week that the National Geographic map was here!

Watch and enjoy the slide show about our adventure!

Adventures in Africa! on PhotoPeach


What did you enjoy most about our visit to Africa?

What interesting Africa facts did you learn?

What facts can you add?


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I LOVED the video! One thing that I liked was, reading all of the wondrous facts. I did not have a favorite part of the video though because all of the video was phenomenal! I also liked the picture of everybody on the equator when we were so hot.


    I have a question:

    Does anybody know any more extremely sensational facts?

    If you do, then please tell me some of the facts!

    Best Regards,


  2. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    I loved the slide show. One thing that I liked was reading all of the amazing facts. My favorite picture was when we were sitting in land locked countries. What was your favorite picture and did you like reading all the wondrous facts.

    I have a question.
    Does anybody know some more sensational,amazing facts? If you do can you tell me some of the facts? The Africa map was so big,huge,enormous,giant it was bigger than I was thinking it should be.

    Best Regards,

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    I also really liked Africa too. I hope you all had a great time. I remember going with Mrs. Ranney to explore Asia. It was so fascinating! Make sure you all thanked Mrs. Ranney!

    I will definitely comment again.


  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I liked one fact that was in the awe-inspiring video. The fact was, that South Africa has three capitals. That fact was really interesting for me.

    Here are my facts:

    Africa is the second largest continent in area and in population.

    Another fact is, Jacob Zuma became president of South Africa in May 2009.



  5. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    I loved the slide show. One thing that I liked was reading all of the amazing facts. My favorite picture was when we were sitting in land locked countries. What was your favorite picture and did you like reading all the wondrous facts?

    I have another question.
    Does anybody know some more sensational,amazing facts? If you do can you tell me some of the facts? The Africa map was so enormous, it was bigger than I was thinking it would be.

    Best Regards,

  6. What a wonderful video. Mrs. Ranney does a superb job in enriching the lives of each and every one of her students.
    I loved Africa and found Zimbawe to be a highlight. Not too many people get to see where Cecil Rhodes, a famous scholar, was buried.
    Aidan's Grammy

  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Wow! That was an amazing video!

    My favorite part of visiting the Africa map was when we made a face that showed we were sweltering. We did that at the equator where the climate is hot and humid.

    I learned that there are three national capitals in South Africa, and that the capitals in Africa are called national capitals. In addition, I learned that Africa is 5,000 miles long and 4,500 miles wide.

    I just searched for more facts on World Book Web and found out that Africa is the second largest continent after Asia.

    Yours truly,

  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I found South Africa very exciting in 2010 as it hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Ghana was the country from the continent of Africa which made it the furthest in World Cup. They beat the United States and lost in the quarter finals. There were other teams from Africa in the 2010 Soccer World Cup including, South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana. Uganda also has a soccer team. They have never qualified for a Soccer World Cup. I hope Uganda qualifies for a world cup, that would be great for their country.

    All the best,

  9. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Hello, this is Jordyn and Jamie. We LOVE the video! We had different favorite parts of our inspiring adventure to the fantastic Africa map.

    Jordyn's favorite part was:

    When we sat in land lock countries.

    Jamie's favorite part was:

    When we were on the scorching hot equator, so we were posing like we were out of breath and desperate for water. It was hilarious!

    Here are some facts that we researched:

    Did you know that Africa covers approximately 11,675,000 square miles which is 30,229,000 square kilometers, and about a fifth of the beautiful world's land area. It also has a population of more than one billion people, and that is about one-seventh of the world's people?

    Some other facts are:

    The continent of Africa is an immense plateau, broken by a few mountain ranges and bordered in some areas by extremely narrow coastal plains. It is a land of striking contrasts and awesome, sensational natural wonders.

    Some more facts are:

    Elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, and other animals live in the vast grasslands in eastern and southern Africa.

    Sudan, the largest country in Africa, facts:

    It lies in the northeastern part of the continent. Africa sprawls across wide deserts in the north, grassy plains in its center.

    Here are some facts about the government of Sudan:

    In 2005, as part of a deal between Sudan's government and rebels in the southern part of Africa the country's National Assembly approved an interim constitution for Sudan.

    We hope you enjoyed our facts!

    Warm Regards,
    Jordyn and Jamie

  10. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    I loved the video! I have an amazing fact about Africa.
    Africa is longer than wider. I really enjoyed visiting the Africa Map, it was so fascinating visiting the equator in Africa.


  11. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I had a splendid time visiting Africa! I liked when Emily, Raelynn, Jordyn, Mikayla, and I measured Africa. When we went to the steaming, hot equator I was sweating, so we traveled to the coastal countries to cool off!! I never knew that the tip of Africa was called the Cape of Good Hope.

    @Grace, I enjoyed visiting Egypt, Ghana, and Uganda. I mostly enjoyed visiting Uganda.

    I have a fact about Africa...

    The northern section of the Nile River flows almost entirely through the desert from Sudan into Egypt.

    You’re Student,
    Leah :)

  12. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    Thank you for making a great slide show!! I love to study physical maps, so it was great to explore a big map. Ghana is my favorite country because I like their soccer team, the Black Stars. I found Ghana on the map. I also like when everyone was on the equator. It was fun to pretend it was hot.

    What country is your favorite?


  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    In Northern Africa, there is a country called Morocco. My parents traveled there several years ago. In Morocco, the people shop in the open markets. They call these open markets "souks." In Morocco, they speak Arabic and French. The people are very warm and caring to visitors. To show their kindness, they like to drink mint tea with their friends and family.
    My parents traveled for many days on camels with the Bedoin people. The Bedoins live in the desert. They are known as the "camel" tribes people. They typically live in tents and are nomads. During their trip, my parents loved to eat a dish known as "tangine." It is made with raisins and lamb.

    Your student,

  14. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved our video. I thought it was exciting and very interesting.
    My favorite part about it was standing on the scorching equator.

    I also have found enjoyable, looking for landlocked countries.

    I have few facts to share:

    Egypt is the most popular tourist destination in Africa, attracting around 10 million visitors per year.

    Lake Malawi in southern Africa is home to around 500 different types of fish. That’s more than anywhere else in the world!

    Four of the five fastest land animals live in Africa, the cheetah, which can run at an amazing 70 miles per hour, wildebeest, lion and gazelle.

    Have you ever had someone you know go to Africa?


  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved the slide show! I watched with my father and mother, and we all thought it was very cool.

    My favorite part was when I discovered Mount Kilimanjaro. It was very interesting to me to learn that Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent. My mom's favorite was when we were all cooling off in the water and watching everyone explore.

    It was fun to be on the African Continent. I hope to go there one day and see it all for myself.

    Your Friend,


  16. Dear Mrs Ranney,
    I loved the slide show! I liked reading all the interesting facts.I learned that South Africa has three capitals.I liked the picture when we were all sitting in the Sahara Desert.It sure was hot there!

    Best Regards,

  17. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    I can not believe we went to Africa!One of my favorite parts is when we were all looking for capital cities.I also think it was dreadfully hot at the equator.


  18. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved the slideshow! I also think that it was steaming on the equator. It was a relief that we went for a swim on the coast. Surfing through the Nile River was my favorite part. I also loved visiting, Uganda, very much. As we were in the Sahara Desert I knew that a desert is a place where little rain falls and few plants grow. My favorite country in the Sahara Desert is Egypt. What was your favorite place to visit while we were in Africa?

    Yours Truly,

  19. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    The slide show was amazing! I certainly loved visiting Uganda! It is incredible that the equator runs right through Africa. I would love to take another dip in the Nile River! It is also interesting that South Africa has three capitals. My favorite place of all to visit was Uganda.

    Your Student,


  20. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved the video that you made! I liked when we were on the cool, refreshing coast.

    I never knew that a measurement of people can measure.

    My sister, Lauren, studied Egyptian letters. I bet she can spell your name, or write a sentence.

    A fact about Africa is:

    In western Africa and regions near the Sahara, many men wear a long flowing robe or baggy trousers and a loose shirt or tunic. A small cap or turban is also customary among many African men. Many African women take a length of cloth and wrap it around themselves into a dress. They may also wrap a cloth around the head in the style of a turban or scarf.


  21. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    Africa is AMAZING! My favorite time was when we all sat on coastal countries. I was sitting in Madagascar with Sydney. My grandpa was born is South Africa, and my mom lived there in her early childhood. Africa is the second biggest continent on earth.


  22. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I love the Africa map. I love video. My favorite part was when Emily, Raelynn, Jordyn, Leah, and Mikayla were measuring how long and how wide Africa is.

    Here are some facts:

    Sudan is the largest country on Africa.

    All of the United States except for Alaska and Hawaii can fit in the Sahara Desert.
    I wish I can go to Africa some day.

    Best Regards,

  23. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved the Africa post.It inspired me to read about Africa.I am going to the museum soon with my mother to see all those amazing African animals.My favorite animal is a lion because they are the kings of the jungle.I hope I can visit Africa just like my sister.


  24. Hi Mrs Ranney-

    I loved the visit to Africa and that each of the students participated within the map. What a fun way to learn!

    I know that Aidan loved learning about Africa for so many different reasons.

    ~ Aidan's Aunt Stacey


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