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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Exploring the Democratic Republic of Congo

Hi there, I’m Heidi Raki of Raki’s Rad Resources. Heidi Befort has graciously invited me to do a series of posts for you on using research books to explore different countries. I’m sorry I’ve missed a few weeks – I was on vacation with my family in Agadir in the south of Morocco.  Feel free to stop by my personal blog, Journey to Morocco to see pictures.  Also, please stop by and visit the amazing spotlight blogger post Heidi Befort wrote for me while I was gone!

When I was here last, I wrote for you about Greece. This week, we are exploring the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Last year, my class explored this country for our school’s International Day.  Here’s some of what we learned.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Here’s a little information about the Democratic Republic of Congo:

- Democratic Republic of Congo is located in Western Africa, right on the equator.  It shares a border with Angola, Sudan, Tanzania and the Republic of Congo.

- The Democratic Republic of Congo has had 5 different names since 1908, including Zaire and the Belgian Congo.

-There are 5 official languages, and 242 total languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but French is the unifying language and the language of the government. 

- Christianity is the main religion of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

- The capitol city of the Democratic Republic of Congo is Kinshasa.

- The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the Congo River and Congo Rainforest, including animals that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, like the Bonobo monkey.

congo1If you would like to teach your kids about Democratic Republic of Congo you can use this Free Research Book that you can download from Google Docs to help them explore some key facts about Democratic Republic of Congo.

I’ll be back next week as part of this ‘Learning About Countries Through Research Books series” with information about Scotland. In the mean time, please feel free to stop by my blog, Raki’s Rad Resources, for more quality teaching tips and resources.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources



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