Author: Shelley Fowles

Grade Level: Early Elementary


1. Students will identify some characteristics of life in Gambia.

Materials Needed:

  • Hoffman, Mary. (1995). Boundless Grace, New York,NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.
  • A map of Africa
  • Chart paper or chalkboard
  • Paper lined and blank
  • Pencils, crayons 


1. Begin the lesson by asking the students if they have been to another country? If so, have them share. If not, then ask have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit or live in another country?

2. Introduce Boundless Grace by giving the students a brief summary such as, "This book is about a young African-American girl who goes to Gambia to visit her father and about her experiences there.

3. Show where Gambia is on a map. Ask questions such as: How big is Gambia? How many people live there? What is the climate like? (Refer to background information)

4. Read the book to the class.

5. Discuss the book by asking questions like: What did you learn about Gambia? What are the families like in Gambia? Write students' responses on chart paper or on the chalkboard.

6. Have the students create a mini-book (one white piece of paper folded into fourths) with illustrations and words describing at least three characteristics they have learned about life in Gambia.



1. Read the mini books and look for at least three characteristics of life in Gambia.


Background Information

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