I always include a geography activity in my units. This is a great map activity for students because it also talks about longitude and latitude in addition to the important bodies of water and cities in Madagascar.
This article discusses the usefulness of using multiple texts at different reading levels to build a student's confidence and knowledge in a themed unit. The approach would work well with the Madagascar unit, or other similar themed lessons.
I always have this resource as an emergency substitute plan. It's a basic outline to research animals. I will include a lesson plan that divides students into groups and each group chooses an animal based on the current theme unit to research. The kids get to present their findings to the class. This is especially great during the Madagascar Unit because of all the animals there are.
This is great resource to use when we begin talking about environmental issues in Madagascar. This really opens up my classroom for discussion. They kids are very interested in environmental impacts, especially on the animals.
This is a phenomenal set of lesson plans that students can participate in before or after they watch the movie "Madagascar." I don't watch the movie every year, but when we do (like if the kids happen to earn a fun Friday during the unit), we will do some of these activities. They are very engaging and most of it involves group work which I love.
This is a fun activity I incorporate in the Madagascar Unit on Fridays. It's a math and science activity that gets the kids active while still incorporating our unit theme. The kids LOVE this activity.
This resource was actually added to my collection by one of my students. "How can we learn about Madagascar without talking about lemurs?!" As such, we now learn about lemurs as part of our Madagascar unit.
My students are not always excited about history and geography but they love when we learn about Madagascar because of all the animals we get to learn about. In addition to this passage, my students have the option of decorating their own animal.