African Masks Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What role do masks play in African culture? This lesson plan explains this with the help of text lesson designed for kids. An activity gives each student the opportunity to create their very own African mask.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss the purpose and significance of African mask
  • summarize the history of African masks
  • distinguish between different types of African masks
  • list key characteristics and elements of African masks


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.


  • Several images showing different types of African masks
  • Paper copies of the text lesson African Masks: Lesson for Kids
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Construction paper in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Ink pads
  • Rubber stamps in assorted designs
  • Assorted notions (e.g. feathers, sequins, beads and so on)
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or yarn

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