To become familiar with the economic, social, and political evolution of African countries in the years following independence.
1 class period
This lesson includes one of the most popular games I have written for my students. The kids really have fun with it and I enjoy playing it with them. Expect excitement!
Students put the numbers 1 through 9 inside of nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on the first lesson page. They are instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order.
Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9. Class members put this number in the box next to question 1. They then read question 1 and choose which of the two underlined answers is correct. Once an answer is chosen, each student then finds the announced number on their game form and writes the answer in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five answers have been filled in on the game form.
Following Game 1, papers are exchanged and correct answers read. Points are scored as follows: 10 points for each correct answer; 10-point bonus for three correct answers in a row –– either across, down, or diagonally. (Note: It is possible to earn two 10-point bonuses by having three right answers in a row in two different directions.)
Play continues in the same way for Games 2-5.
Game 1: Progress in Agriculture
Game 2: Growth of Industry
Game 3: Social Changes
Game 4: The Cities Offer Opportunities
Game 5: Political Progress
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.