Ancient Civilizations Teacher Resources

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Bring excitement and interest to your social studies with a unit on ancient civilizations.
Students study the different styles and innovations of building in ancient cultures. They identify significant features of each civilization and choose an ancient civilization architectural style to draw a two point perspective building.
Second graders explore the concept of contributions of ancient civilizations.  In this civilization instructional activity, 2nd graders discover what contributions the ancient civilizations of China made to modern times.  Students discover various inventions created in China. 
Sixth graders, in groups, research the culture of an ancient civilization. They use the Internet to locate artifacts that illustrate different elements of culture, write a description and analysis of each piece and present their work to the class.
Students identify and sort primary source photographs of contributions from ancient civilizations.  In this ancient civilizations lesson, students work in small groups to identify and discuss the contributions.  Students sort 53 photographs as coming from Egypt, Greece, China or Rome.
By working together, pairs of students will complete a Pi webquest. Using the internet, they examine the ways people in the Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Babylonia and Greece used Pi. To end the lesson, they review the concepts of radius, diameter and circumference by creating a cartoon or poster to honor and publicize Pi.
Students investigate the history of the world by examining images and artifacts. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students utilize photographs from a cardboard box as clues in order to identify the specific civilization group they each represent. Students present their box and photographs as a group to the rest of the class.
In this ancient civilizations instructional activity, students discover the Incas of Peru as they read a brief selection about them, study a map, and respond to 6 short answer and essay questions.
Fifth graders analyze prints featuring ancient civilizations and create a postcard.  In this postcards from the past lesson, 5th graders analyze a variety of pictures, identify primary and secondary sources, choose which civilization and picture they will use for their postcard.  Students also write a message on the back, and share their work with the class.
Fifth graders listen to lectures on the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans. They construct a mask base and then decorate it in thirds with symbols meaningful to each of the three cultures being studied.
Students research the ancient civilizations of Rome, India, Greece, and Egypt. They conduct Internet research, compare/contrast aspects of each culture, and create a Powerpoint presentation.
By studying the art of ancient civilizations, students can learn about the history and traditions of different cultures.
Sixth graders examine important information relating to Ancient Egypt while obtaining specific knowledge about ancient civilizations. In this ancient civilizations lesson, 6th graders read a chapter on Ancient Egypt, discuss and complete a 'Coat of Arms' worksheet, and explore websites dedicated to ancient civilizations.
In this ancient civilizations worksheet, students respond to 5 essay questions about religion, geography, and development of the civilizations.
Students consider how archaeologists discovered and pieced together artifacts that indicate a Celtic presence in ancient Turkey. They research ancient civilizations and create archaeological digs containing items representative of these cultures.
Students define myths and explain why mythic figures are used in movies. After reading an article, they discover the myth surrounding the lost city of Atlantis. They read and examine myths from ancient civilizations and identify similarities among characters, themes and plots. They create a children's book based on myths of different civilizations.
Sixth graders identify the major obstacles in farming in Mesopotamia. They work together to design and build a model that solves these problems. They write a short essay that describes the problems and their possible solutions.
Students investigate the Internet's role in preserving the ruins of ancient civilizations by creating an Internet scavenger hunt, a collection of Web sites and related questions
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society.  In this World History activity, 7th graders research two ancient civilizations.  Students create maps showing the trade routes of these civilizations.
Students take part in Earth conservation by creating trash art projects. In this recycling lesson, students discuss the benefit of reusing materials on Earth and examine art from ancient civilizations. Students utilize recyclable containers and cardboard to create mosaics similar to the style of past civilizations.