You and your students can explore the map of Africa by time periods. Use the timeline icons at the bottom of the page to choose the period in time you are studying, and you will see the map of Africa with information related to that period. There are also lots of links to click for more information on particular areas, kingdoms, and times.
Here is a wonderful video telling the story of the Lion King of Mali in the traditional format. Your students can watch the video, read a story about Sundiata, and even compare the story to the Disney Lion King movie. Did they know this animated classic was based on a historical figure?
Your students can (and should) learn about the griots, too. This document provides them with all the information they need to know as well as some example stories and review questions. Afterwards, have your students learn an African story to tell to the class! Or, they could create an oral history of their own.
I never knew about Google Treks before, but here is one that is a great resource for your unit on Sub-Saharan Africa. The teacher has created a wonderful collection of images and primary source documents related to the various kingdoms. Your students could use them to learn about the kingdoms or to make inferences about the culture and history of the people.
The History Teachers make great music videos on a variety of history topics. They are educational, entertaining, and they will have your kids singing along (and remembering the words!) Check out their YouTube channel for more of their videos.
This series of quick, funny, and entertaining videos certainly pack a lot of information into an interesting format that will engage your students. This one is about Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa. It provides an excellent overview of the topics.
This is a superb resource that pretty much gives you everything you need for your unit. Open it and go! The unit includes essential questions, links to important resources, videos, primary source documents, and much more. This one is ready-to-go!
Mr. Donn has many, many links on this page to any imaginable topic on Africa from the history of the various kingdoms to art and music. You could have your students each pick a topic and use this site as the jumping off place for a short research project.
I love maps, and this site uses maps to illustrate the history of the region. It's a great way to show the students what you are talking about. You will find information on this page starting mainly with the Nubian civilization and continuing into the Modern Age.
This is a great place to start your preparation for a unit on Sub-Saharan Africa. There is a lot of information packed in, and there are many important terms you can click on to learn more about them. The information is better for teacher background or older students.