To become familiar with the leading kingdoms and city-states of Africa that gained wealth and power between 3000 B.C. and the end of the Middle Ages.
1 class period
Class members begin this activity by shading in the Kingdom of Kush on a small map of Africa. (The map doubles as a puzzle.) Students next read through five statements about the Kingdom of Kush, each of which contains a scrambled word (or words) that must be rearranged to complete the statement. Once determined, answers are written on the puzzle in spaces that correspond with the statement numbers. After all five answers have been unscrambled and filled in, class members can use the circled letters on the puzzle to create the solution.
Five other sections listed below are completed in the same way.
The Kingdom of Axum
The Kingdom of Ghana
The Kingdom of Mali
The Kingdom of Songhai
Trading States of East Africa
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.