This month Global Learning for Kids had us exploring Libya. Libya is a country in North Africa. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Chad and Niger. It is the fourth largest country in Africa. It has the tenth largest oil reserves in the world. The capital and largest city is Tripoli which is home to more than one million of the six million people who live in Libya. The other large city is Benghazi.
|By CIA map (CIA World Factbook)|
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Libya is an Islamic state and about 97% of its population is Islamic. Libya was also once home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Italian Facists however set up concentration camps during World War II near Tripoli and the surviving Jews mostly left in 1951 when Libya declared its independence. (Source)
To find resources to explore Libya with Hazel we went to the library. I found a few books that were good to read for her, but still did not feel like we had much of a focus. There is not a whole lot of material out there for a younger elementary student on Libya in the United States. Perhaps this is because of the poor relations between the countries. I decided to see what animals live in Libya. Since much of Libya is desert the list was not super long or at least what I could explore was not super long. We picked three animals.
So this was our exploration of Libya. We spent a lot of time talking about the relationship between the United States and Libya and why we don't always get along. Hazel had many questions.