Ancient Mali Unit


Looking for engaging activities and lesson plans for teaching ancient Mali? This Ancient Mali Unit comes with detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, worksheets, passages and questions, assessments, digital activities, and much more! Whether teaching in-person or virtually, you will save time planning and your students will love learning about the geography, economy, and culture of ancient Mali.


Ancient Mali Unit

Ancient Mali Unit is a hands-on unit that combines history and language arts skills! Everything you need to teach about ancient Malian geography, economics, and culture can be found here! Whether teaching in-person or remotely, this unit provides a variety of activities to teach about this ancient world culture.

To take a closer look at this ancient world cultures unit, be sure to check out the product preview at the top of the page!

What will I find in this unit?

This Ancient Mali Unit includes 7 detailed lesson plans. All lessons are hands-on and incorporate literacy skills. Students will investigate—

  • The geography of Africa and Mali
  • Malian storytellers or griots
  • Kings of ancient Mali
  • Timbuktu
  • Ancient Mali’s trade routes
  • How the ancient Malians secured the goods and resources they needed
  • Ancient Mali economics (including goods, services, natural resources, human resources, and capital resources)

This Ancient Mali Unit also comes with:

  • 12 Worksheets
  • 6 Close Reading Passages and Comprehension Questions
  • 5 Entry/Exit Tickets
  • 5 Sorts and Foldables
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Quiz
  • Final Test
  • Timeline of Suggested Activities: The timeline of suggested activities includes a timeline for using the activities included within this unit and provides links to websites featuring videos about concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys included throughout

Students will become fully immersed in the life and culture of ancient Mali as they complete hands-on projects and research past events!

Are digital resources included?

All of the passages and comprehension questions, most worksheets, the quiz, and the test within this Ancient Mali Unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

This unit is aligned with the Ancient World Cultures SOLs 3.4, 3.5, 3.6a, 3.7, and 3.8.

While the unit is specifically aligned to the Virginia SOLs, it also closely matches most ancient history standards related to ancient Rome.

Don’t miss out!

Bring ancient Mali to life in your classroom with these hands-on lesson plans and activities! Students will master the standards as they become fully immersed in learning about the life and culture of ancient Mali through virtual field trips, hands-on and digital activities, and research projects.

Want to save money?

This unit is included in the 3rd Grade Social Studies Curriculum bundle for a discounted price!


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