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Ancient History: The Importance of Logistics in Greek & Roman Armies
Before one can understand the military tactics practiced throughout history, he needs to become familiarized with tactics practiced in the ancient past. Learners take a critical look at the military logistics used by Alexander the Great as he conquered Asia Minor and India, and how Scipio Africanus took New Carthage from Hannibal. The lesson culminates with a research paper or presentation and a self -assessment activity. Th lesson has excellent resources, is well written, and builds a solid foundation for later learning.
What role does geography play in the development of a culture? How does ancient Greek culture still influence civilization today? These and other questions are explored in a unit study of Ancient Greece. The overview of the unit provided in this resource includes the unit and lesson plan objectives, essential questions, links to daily plans, graphic organizers, timed activities, a vocabulary list, and differentiated instruction strategies. The framework could be used as is, or enriched with additional activities.
Asia: Tradition And Culture
Students discover Sky City. In this Asian culture and traditions lesson, students watch "Asia: Culture and Tradition," and then discuss the practicality of building Sky City. Students visit a Discovery Education Web site to research Sky City and its pros and cons prior to writing an essay on the topic.
The Ancient World
Students explore the concept of migration. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students watch "The Ancient World" and research life in the Fertile Crescent. Students then write letters from the perspective of people migrating from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent to North America.
Students create a mural depicting modern life. In this ancient civilizations instructional activity, students view images of wall painting from ancient civilizations showing aspects of their daily life. Students discuss the ways our life today is similar and different. Then, students create a mural showing a day in our life.
Asia's Global Influence
Students explore Hong Kong. In this geography skills lesson, students watch "Asia's Global Influence," and then research the culture, landmarks, and geographic features of Hong Kong. Students use their research findings to design travel pamphlets.
Deep Roots of Ancient Greece
Students investigate Greek contributions to modern America. In this ancient Greek influence lesson, students watch videos, listen to lectures, and conduct research regarding ancient Greek ideals in order to analyze and trace Greek influence in modern American society. Several weblinks, worksheets, and project options are included with this lesson.
The Spread of Buddhism in East Asia: Korea as a Land Bridge
Students study the spread of Buddhism. For this Buddhism lesson, students examine articles explaining the spread of the religion to different areas in East Asia. Students compare and contrast the spread of Buddhism to other religions and write essays using their findings.
The Silk Road, An Ancient Internet
Pupils examine how goods and ideas moved along an ancient trade route between China and Europe. They make charts of items, ideas, etc. that were transported along the Silk Route.
An Ancient Odyssey
Learners identify both the traditional myths and historical facts that are associated with geographical locations in ancient Greece. They create a "Travel to Ancient Greece" display to present their findings.
Asia's Expansion: Treasures and Travels
Students examine the pros and cons of the Three Gorges Dam. In this Three Gorges Dam lesson, students watch "Asia's Expansion: Treasures and Travels." Students research the benefits and drawbacks of the dam and then write position papers on the topic.
The Ancient Civilization of Mali
Students explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali lesson, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.
Sixth graders study ancient China. In this ancient China lesson set, 6th graders follow directions to label a world map with countries, water bodies, and travel routes. They participate in a lecture on Confucius, research the Great Wall, Buddhism, Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan. They complete associated art projects and games. These lessons are based on videos from United Streaming.
Bearing the Torch: A Study of Ancient Greece
Second graders research Ancient Greece. In this Ancient Greece instructional activity, 2nd graders survey the geographical, historical, and cultural aspects of Greece. Students discover stories of Greek mythology and explore the beginning of the Olympic games.
Ancient Greece: Athens as a City State
Sixth graders find Greece on the map and recognize how the geography of Greece was important in its development. In this ancient Greece lesson, 6th graders research Greece and compare to the civilization of ancient Egypt. Students answer critical thinking questions about Greece. Students define democracy and relate to ancient Greece.
Deep Roots of Ancient Greece
Students construct an analysis of basic perceptions of diverse aspects of Western thought and culture. They compose, in writing, an assessment of the impact of ancient Greece influence on personal attitudes, values, and outlooks.
The Birth of the Ancient Games: The Olympics
This exercise includes a lengthy article on the history of the Olympics as well as a map of Ancient Greece. The last page includes 15 reading comprehension questions about the passage. A fairly thorough look at this topic - geared toward high school classes based on the reading comprehension level.
Life in Ancient Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
Students study the ancient African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. They brainstorm what they know about ancient African kingdoms before investigating the trade and barter situations, and researching one of the kingdoms for an oral presentation. They simulate the barter economy with items from home.
An Ancient Revolution: The Written Word
Students explore the impact of written communication. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students investigate communication from ancient Sumer and discuss its relevance today. Students watch a multimedia presentation about cuneiform and then create their own pictorial writing system.
Passport to Ancient Civilizations
Second graders explore the concept of contributions of ancient civilizations. In this civilization lesson plan, 2nd graders discover what contributions the ancient civilizations of China made to modern times. Students discover various inventions created in China.