To trace the growth of Rome from being a small town to becoming the center of a great empire.
1 class period
This activity is based around two map exercises for students to work on as they learn about the Roman Empire.
Map 1: Rome Becomes a Center for Trade
Class members use a map on the second lesson page to identify which countries or areas various products were imported to Rome from. Afterwards, they must find and circle each of the products in a word search puzzle. This is followed by three Thought Questions that help develop critical thinking skills.
Map 2: Growth of the Roman Empire
A map on the fourth lesson page shows the highlights of the period of Roman expansion, which took place over hundreds of years and through dozens of wars. Students use the map to answer a series of 15 questions pertaining to the growth of the Roman Empire.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.