K-12 Resources

West Africa Trunk

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers the Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and Latin America free of charge to educators in the Michiana area. These treasure chests of engaging materials from around the world help students learn about the diverse cultures of these regions through hands-on activities. Each trunk comes with a curriculum guide, books, music CDs, instruments and cultural items.

(West Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo)

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To complete this trunk’s request form, click here. 
No reservations being taken at this time.

Curriculum Guide

The curriculum guide is a binder filled with content descriptions, country profiles, lesson plans, teaching resources, and recipes.

Books & Literature

Abrahams, Rogers. African Folktales (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore)
Achebe, Chihua. "Chike and the River"
Burns Knight, Margy. "Africa Is Not A Country"
Hoffman, Mary. "Boundless Grace"
Rupert, Janet E. "The African Mask"
Wisniewski, David. "Sundiata: Lion King of Mali"

Musical Instruments

  • Caxixi Rattles (5)
  • Djembe Drum
  • Gourd Rattle
  • Kalimba
  • Televi Shaker (Kosika) (9)

Cultural Items

Ashanti Fertility Doll
Burnt Wood Art
Carved Mask
Flags (16)
Glass Bead Jewelry (4)
Kente Cloth
Mortar & Pestle
Pure Water Sachets (5)
West African War Print Fabric
Yellow Beaded Necklaces (4)

Compact Discs & Audio Cassettes

Acoustic Africa
African Playground

Maps & Posters

Africa, National Geographic Society
How Big is Africa?

Teaching Resources

African Crafts
"How Big is Africa?" Curriculum Guide (in binder)
Step Into Africa: Elementary Level Activities Using Africa is Not a Country
West Africa: Ghana (Ancient and Living Cultures Stencils)
West Africa: Nigeria (Ancient and Living Cultures Stencils)


Please make reservations at least one week before your requested pick-up to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk. 

It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible. Trunks may be borrowed for up to one month. Please borrow only for the amount of time you need the trunk so other educators have as much access to the trunk as possible.


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