The 5th graders had to use as much natural material as possible for their models of African dwellings.
This group works on the base for their model of a house in a rainforest.
These sticks will be the tent poles for a Saharan dwelling.
This group works hard to weave a roof for their model of a house in the Savanna region.
The completed Sahel house.
The house in the rainforest uses a lot of greenery for the roof, because leaves are readily available in that habitat.
Here is the finished Saharan tent.
The house in the Savanna is made of brush and grasses.
In addition to creating the model house, the groups had to identify the region on a map of Africa, and find a photo of typical construction in that region. Here you can see the Sahel region (just south of the Sahara) has been circled on the map.
The Rainforest habitat is in west-central Africa.
The Sahara group's model tent is very similar to the one in the photo.
The houses in the Savanna regions, located in central and much of southern Africa, are thatched.