Ancient King and Queendoms

Click for Teacher ResourcesResearch five Ancient African Kingdoms and their achievements. What do you think caused their decline?

TASKS


BUILD A MODEL OF AN ANCIENT AFRICAN CITY

With your teacher’s help find some pictures of the remains of some ancient African cities. Using lego or scrap materials build a model of some of the buildings. You could even build a layout of an entire city if you have space. While you are building the model you can talk about when the city was originally built and look at a map to see where it was.


Timeline chart of ancient African Kingdoms-Queendoms

TIMELINE OF ANCIENT AFRICAN KINGDOMS/QUEENDOMS

With your teacher’s help create a timeline with dates, looking at the Kushitic Kingdom of Meroe in modern day Sudan, Abu Simbel in Egypt, the Lunda Empire in central Africa, the Mali Empire and the Songhai Empire. Add any other kingdoms that you find through your own research. As an extra task, give some examples of what was happening elsewhere in the world along the same timeline.


Cairo - Sphinx and pyramid

ANCIENT ART

With your teacher’s help, try and find some pictures of Ancient African statues or images. Can you create some artwork that looks similar or uses some of the same themes? What materials would the ancients have used? How would they build massive statues or buildings?


Stone tablet with ancient writing

POETRY OR STORIES

Write a poem that expresses some of your thoughts about Ancient African Kingdoms. Your research may have shown you some surprising things. Can you imagine life in an Ancient Kingdom? How can we connect to people from such a long time ago?


Ruins - pillars & doorway

RISE AND FALL

What defines a Kingdom or Empire, ancient or modern? How do wars or natural events influence the rise or fall of a civilization? What factors would lead to the decline of an Ancient Kingdom? Ask your teacher to help you research some Ancient African Kingdoms and write a short report about what factors influenced the rise and fall of some of these kingdoms.


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