Guess That Spice

This Guess That Spice activity & project also includes:

From medical treatments to cooking, people have been using herbs and spices for thousands of years. Perform a blind smell test of household herbs and spices to engage students in learning about ancient spice trading. Research the history of the of the materials to discover how they were used, where they came from, and the trade routes that spread them throughout the world. Though intended as an at-home activity, bring this lesson into the classroom to supplement a unit on ancient cultures.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Activity can be performed with household items and requires little prep time
  • Includes ideas for differentiation to support younger learners
Cons

  • Requires the teacher to provide copies of world maps for tracing ancient trade routes
  • Additional scaffolding required to support students with research