This module for students in grades 3-5 complements The Field Museum exhibit, Africa. Students will learn about the diverse cultures and lifestyles of various ethnic groups through stories told by young Africans in present-day Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. The module focuses on the politics, economics, history, geography, and social systems of these three West African countries. All activities link to the Illinois Learning Standards.

Read the Module Teaching Guide here.

The module A Field Trip to West Africa was created with the participation of Chapurukha Makokha Kusimba, Associate Curator, African Archaeology and Ethnology; Elizabeth Babcock, Director of Teacher and Student Programs; and Monica Garcia, Administrator of Teacher Programs of The Field Museum, Chicago; Michael Beck, Linda Comminos, Peter Grafner, Valerie Hardy and Kathy Van Leishout of the Chicago Public Schools; Tammy Haggerty-Jones, Strassburg Elementary School, Sauk Village, Illinois; Ralph A. Austen, Professor of History and Director, The Committee on African and African-American Studies; Julia Borst Brazas, Director of the Chicago WebDocent Project; Erik Brodnax, Department of History, The Committee on African and African-American Studies; and Christie Thomas, Assistant Director, eCUIP Digital Library, University of Chicago.

An Invitation to Senegal
Amwar invites you to visit Dakar, Senegal to learn about the daily community life, diversity of cultures, and history of the country.  

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The Kurmi Market in Kano City Market, Nigeria
Fadywa leads you on a tour of old and new Kano City, Nigeria and its famous market to tell the story of how Kano became a center of trade.   Teacher Resources
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Travel with the Tuareg
Travel with Abu and the caravan bound for Timbuktu, Mali to learn about the traditional lifestyle of the present-day Tuareg.   Teacher Resources
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Africa Resources at The Field Museum
Follow this link for a comprehensive listing of resources on Africa that are available at The Field Museum and on the museum's website.    

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This resource is made possible by support from the
Chicago Public Schools | University of Chicago Internet Project (CUIP)
The U.S.A. Education Charitable Trust/Chicago Education Trust Fund
and The Field Museum
, Chicago