Ghana Resources

Free to borrow from BU’s African Studies Center:
Ghana Resource List
for elementary classes

All items below can be borrowed for free from Boston University’s
African Studies Center Outreach Program.
We’re also happy to receive email and phone queries:
Africa@bu.edu
617-353-7303

 

Fiction for grade 2 (roughly) a number of these books come from Ghana

Abena and the Rock- Varna Wilkins

All About Me- Pamela Aba Woode

Anno’s Kite- Julie Campbell

I Like Fish- Marianna Brandt

In the Small, Small Night- Jane Kurtz

Hello! – Barbara Baddoo

Kofi and His Magic- Maya Angelou

Mansa Helps at Home- Meshack Asare

Meliga’s Day- Mashack Asare

Miss John Yaw Ababio Boateng

One Hen- Katie Smith Milway

Salamatu and Kandoni Go Missing- Steve Brace

Sosu’s Call- Meshack Asare

Tawaia Goes to Sea- Meshack Asare

The Canoe’s Story- Meshack Asare

The Dancing Joromi- James Ebo Whyte

 

Non Fiction for grade 2 (roughly) ) a number of these books come from Ghana

For teachers: we recommend several fine middle school books, among them: Ghana

            by  Steve Brace

Africa is Not a Country- Margy Burns Knight

Deron Goes to Nursery School- Ifeoma Onuefulu

Grandma Comes to Stay- Ifeoma Onyufulu

I am River Densu- Alexander Yankah

Master Weaver from Ghana- Gilbert “Bobbo” Ahiagble

Nii Kwei’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Ghanaian City- Francis Provencal

Reading Goals Book 1- (Ghanaian textbook for children) Peter Shuter

Reading Goals Book 2- (Ghanaian textbook for children) by and about Michael

Essien (the world famous Ghanaian soccer player)

Value of Adinkra Symbols- Adolph H. Agbo

Welcome Dede: an African naming ceremony, Ifeoma Onyefulu

 

Teaching posters:

“How Big Is Africa?” w/ lessons for all ages (published & sold by Boston University’s

African Studies Center)

“Do Africans See Wildlife? Their Answers May Surprise You!” (published & sold by

Boston University’s African Studies)

 

 

Lessons

Adinkra- Cathy Growrey

Choc-a-lot – Louise Robinson

Step into Africa: elementary level activities using Africa is not a Country                        - Caroline Starbird

The Chocolate Trade Game

 

DVDs for Elementary School:

Inside Africa: Introducing the Continent and Its People (published & sold by Boston

University’s African Studies Center)

Georgiana Williams of Ghana

Families of Ghana

 

 

Traveling Kit: the Ghana Kids Kit Schools in the Boston area can come to

borrow a kit for free.

For details and a photo: http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/resources/ghana-kit/

 

Not found anywhere else and valuable: Additional objects to borrow from Boston University’s African Studies Center

  • Clothing for children and adults, from Ghana, including school uniforms
  • Homemade soccer ball
  • Homemade trucks–made by children
  • Kente Cloths
  • Adinkra cloths
  • Mankala in beautifully carved wood

 

Additional Materials

Short handouts & lesson plans on Ghana for different grade levels

 

Beautiful “table top” books for you to enjoy and maybe show to students:

Gold of the Akan from the Glassel Collection- Doran H. Ross

Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity- Doran H. Ross

 

 

 

Updated Oct 2014, originally prepared Oct 2013

Barbara B. Brown, Ph.D.