In 13 year old Cultural Studies, the students are learning about African Civilizations. We started off learning about the effects of climate and environment on the early civilizations of Africa. Then, the students learned about Mansa Musa (the emperor of Mali) who was arguably the richest man who ever lived. It is said that Mansa Musa was so rich that when he traveled to Mecca he took thousands of camels and donkeys, eighty of which were laden with gold. As the story goes, he spent so much money along the way that he distorted the economies of the countries he traveled to. The students were fascinated by these details.
Next, the class designed and created their own games to help them explain the reasons for the rise and fall of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. There were four groups and each group created a different game. The students could create any type of game they wanted: dice, cards, board game... The games had to teach the other students about the rise and fall of the three countries and it had to be interesting. Here you can see some of the students playing the games. The 13 year olds really enjoyed creating the games and teaching their classmates about Ghana, Mali and Songhai.
Mr. Kelly Phillips
Sec. Math & Science, Business, Env. Science