Southern Africa PDF


Southern Africa is a geography unit about the importance of myths in culture and also the countries of Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Kids read, do hands-on projects, watch videos, and have discussions while they learn. This is a family-style unit for ages from 6 to 18.


Southern Africa is the seventh unit in the World Cultures geography course. Study how myths are foundational to the values and cultures of a people and then learn about the countries of Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Each World Cultures unit includes a skills lesson about aspects of human culture followed by a focus on a specific region of the world. By the time you complete the entire four year cycle of Layers of Learning Geography you will have covered the entire world and learned the skills and knowledge needed to analyze and understand maps, cultures, people, governments, and the planet all over the world.

This unit is a guide for the mentor to use in creating lessons and directing discussions and learning. It is not a textbook for the student.

This unit includes sections on:

  • Myths
  • Angola
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa

This is an activity based curriculum. You pick activities to do as you read books and watch videos about the countries of Southern Africa. Here are some of the activities found in this unit:

  • Make a foldable about the elements of myths to see how important they are to cultures
  • Compare myths form east and west to see how cultural values are revealed in the stories each people tells
  • Label and color a map of the countries of southern Africa
  • Make a background and color puppets of a myth from Angola
  • Map cities in Angola using latitude and longitude
  • Map the natural resources of Zambia
  • Go on a scavenger hunt in your gazetteer searching for places in Zimbabwe
  • Take a virtual field trip to Victoria Falls
  • Paint the landscape of the Karoo region of South Africa
  • And much more!

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This is double page spread of the inside of the Southern Africa unit:

Southern Africa spread


Each Layers of Learning Geography unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

Southern Africa is also part of the overall World Cultures course, the third Year of the four-year Layers of Learning Geography cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the geography of the world from continents and the physical planet in Year One, to mapping skills in Year Two, then to cultures in Year Three, and finally, to government and society in Year Four.  Every year is also a tour of the whole planet, making stops on every continent. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.


Southern Africa Printable Pack

You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the World Cultures Resources page.


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Cycle Year

Year Three

Product Type

Single Units




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