Enchanted Kingdom eBook – Chapter 7: Mercurial Waters – Africa’s great rivers


Over the last few weeks we’ve learned an awful lot about that variety of of creatures, plant life, terrain and weather that Africa plays host to. Chapter 7 of the Enchanted Kingdom educational eBook sees us on the penultimate leg of our journey across the continent, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles…!

Chapter 7: Mercurial Waters – Africa’s great rivers

Chapter 7 - Mercurial Waters - Africa's great rivers

Africa has some of the largest and most awesome rivers on Earth – Congo, Nile, Zambezi. They all originate in mountain areas. It also has Victoria Falls (on the Zambezi) the largest sheet of falling water in the world, with 1 million litres pouring over the edge of the Falls every second during the wet season. Many of these African rivers are populated by Nile Crocodiles, the world’s largest reptiles (up to 7m long and weighing up to 1.5 tonnes) which have barely changed since the time of the dinosaurs. Students will design and build a prototype boat, which is able to avoid capsizing.

Learning objectives: Identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments. Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties. Draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
Project aim/question: To design, build and test a boat that cannot be capsized by a crocodile or a hippo.
Key language: Buoyancy, Density, Evaluate, Diagram, Prototype.

The lesson plans within the Enchanted Kingdom eBook are split into three stages, typically with the first two providing the students with information and the third being the application of this knowledge in a creative activity. For the purposes of this blog post, we’ll keep it light by telling you what the information contained within the first two stages are, and then let you take a look at the eBook for lesson plan suggestions and further resources.

STAGE 1: The wonder of Victoria falls

The wonder of Victoria Falls Victoria Falls is justifiably called one of the Wonders of the Natural World, and spans almost 2km (1 1/4 miles), making it the largest show of its kind on Earth.The sight of more than 9 million litres of water crashing down into the Batoka Gorge is one not easily forgotten.

STAGE 2: Swimming with crocodiles

The Namib Desert is almost completely devoid of human habitation. The survival program should cover the risk factors involved which will help trekkers decide if this journey is for them.

STAGE 3: Testing and Evaluation

To find out what the final stage of the lesson plan entails, you can look at the education eBook itself, where you’ll be treated to all sorts of beautiful images from the Enchanted Kingdom itself, as we all a further information on:

  • Enrichment Activities
  • Suggested Curriculum Links
  • Differentiation Guidelines

At the end of each chapter we’ve also included a number of links to resources relevant to the materials covered, and also Microsoft technologies that will be useful in completing the lesson plan.

Chapter 7 - resources

Once again, here’s how the children at Broadclyst Community Primary School got on with this part of the Enchanted Kingdom educational eBook:

We hope you enjoyed our journey together so far. Next week is the final chapter in this blog serialisation of the Enchanted Kingdom Educational eBook, but if you’ve missed any of the previous instalments then you can find them here:

Enchanted Kingdom eBook – Chapter 1: Enter the Mysterious Forests of Central Africa
Enchanted Kingdom eBook – Chapter 2: Brave the Fiery Underworld
Enchanted Kingdom eBook – Chapter 3: Surviving the Alien Sands
Enchanted Kingdom eBook – Chapter 4: Journey the Scorched Plains
Enchanted Kingdom eBook – Chapter 5: Voyage of the Fantastical Seas
Enchanted Kingdom eBook – Chapter 6: Traversing the frozen spires


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