Activities and Answers for Oman

Language Arts

  • Visit ArabNet - Oman and find out what a souq is. a marketplace What would you like to see there? Answers will vary.
  • Visit ArabNet - Oman and look at the history about independence. Read about the castle and look at the pictures. Who built the castle and what happened to them? the Portuguese, the Omanis kicked them out in 1650 and gained their independence.

Social Studies

  • Visit ArabNet - Oman and read about the Omani empire. See this map to see where Zanzibar is. In present day Tanzania How far east did the empire extend? to present day Pakistan Print this map and color the general area where the empire was. (You may need to look at your globe!) they should color the coast of Africa and over towards Pakistan, but not India.
  • Visit ArabNet - Oman and look at the map and this map. Describe the land forms. mountains to the north, but the rest is flat What countries surround Oman? Yemen, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates What is the capital? Muscat What bodies of water border Oman and where? Arabian Sea, southeast, Gulf of Oman, north, Persian Gulf, west of the Musandam Peninsula Why do you think some of the borders are not defined? it could be the shifting sand - or nomadic peoples
  • Visit OmanNet and learn about the economy in Oman. What makes up a significant part of their income? oil exports What do they spend most of their money on? education For a fun challenge for students in the US, play the short version of the budget simulation. Leave the budget the same (hold even) and see where the US spends the most money. What do you think of the difference? Answers will vary.
  • Read about the Search for Ubar. Why couldn't people find this city? It was lost in the sands which are almost impossible to search. It was thought to be in the Empty Quarter, which is a great sand sea with dunes over 600 feet high. Include info about the Empty Quarter in your answer. What did NASA do to help? They used remote sensing to help find it. For fun, take the Ubar quiz.
  • Visit Oman.org and StudyWeb's Oman page for more information.

Math

  • Visit Omanet and look at the national data. What is their money called? If you took US $100 to get it exchanged, how much Omani money would you have? RO 38.50 (extra challenge - have them do it without a calculator - or make up their own amounts to exchange)
  • Visit Omanet and look at the national data. How many hours a week do the Omani work? 7 hours a day * 5 = 35 hours What two days make up their "weekend"? Thursday and Friday (If you're wondering why, learn about their religion at one of the sites on this page. Friday is the worship day for Muslims) Have all your classmates find out how many hours a week their parents/guardians work? Average the data you collect. How does it compare to Oman? Would you rather work here or there? Why? Answers will vary.

Bible

  • Visit Oman Info and read about the population and look at the pictures under counties. What can you pray for? Answers will vary.

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