Activities and Answers for Mauritania

Language Arts

  1. Visit The Embassy of Mauritania in Washington, DC and look at the photo gallery. Write what you think it would be like to live there. Answers will vary.
  2. Visit the Ethnologue for Mauritania and find out how many languages are spoken in Mauritania. 8 Why do you think French is one of them? Mauritania was a French colony. If you need a hint, visit ArabNet, Mauritania and look at the history.

Social Studies

  1. Visit The Embassy of Mauritania in Washington, DC and look at the Geography page. Find out what services the government gives to its citizens free. free education through university (with a stipend!) and free health care How does this compare to your country? Answers will vary.
  2. Visit The Embassy of Mauritania in Washington, DC and find out what the official name of Mauritania is. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania What does this tell you about their religion? It is Islam and probably a state religion.
  3. Visit ArabNet, Mauritania and find out about the nomadic peoples. Who are they and what language do they speak? Moors, 75% of the population, they speak Hassaniyah, their ancestors are Berber, Arab and African What crisis caused a big change for them? a long drought in the 1970s sent them into the cities.
  4. Visit Atlapedia - Mauritania and look at the maps. Describe the land forms in Mauritania. flat and part of the Sahara desert What countries make up its border? Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Senegal What body of water borders it? Atlantic Ocean What is the capital? Nouakchott Why do you think it is located where it is? It is an important sea port and part of the economy... Answers will vary.
  5. Visit Miftah Shamali - Mauritania and U of Penn Mauritania Page for more information.

Math

  1. Visit The Embassy of Mauritania in Washington, DC and look at the first picture in the photo gallery. Write down your guess of how many inches of rain fall there a year.
  2. Now go to this climate page for US states (you can choose international cities too) and find the average monthly rainfall for the city closest to you. Take the average and multiple it by 12 to get a yearly average.
  3. Check your first guess for Mauritania. Do you want to guess again? If so, write it down.
  4. Now look at ArabNet, Mauritania and find the average yearly rainfall for the capital. Be sure the students write down each part of the process so you can see how they solved it. Nouakchott has an average rainfall of 7 inches a year.

Bible

  1. Visit The Embassy of Mauritania in Washington, DC and look at the photo gallery. What else can you pray for?

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