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What Your Child is Learning in Unit 3, "Sub-Saharan Africa"

In the next few weeks, your child will be learning about the development of empires in Africa, south of the Sahara. He or she will discuss the spread of Islam to West Africa and how trade affected different African empires. Your child will explore the lives and religions of a variety of African cultures, particularly the Bantu and Kongo, and understand some of the ways that people all over the world teach some similar values to their children.

Activities You Can Do at Home to Support Your Child's Learning

Chapter 5 West Africa

Chapter 6 Central and Southern Africa


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