Ancient Civilizations Teacher Resources

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Bring excitement and interest to your social studies with a unit on ancient civilizations.
Young scholars explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali instructional activity, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.
Mask wearing is not just for Halloween! This attractive and informative set of worksheets discusses this important African cultural tradition, as well as a variety of other significant cultural attributes to ancient civilizations, such as divination and demographics. 
What constitutes a civilization? In a swift, engaging, and humorous fashion, John Green begins this edition of Crash Course History by exploring the symptoms of a civilization, such as surplus production, cities, social stratification, socialized government, religion, writing, association with rivers, etc. He then describes in detail the Indus Valley Civilization, the largest and most peaceful of 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars present their box and photographs as a group to the rest of the class.
In this ancient civilizations worksheet, 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
Students use their knowledge of geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Ancient Civilizations, Medieval, and/or Early Modern Times to create their own ritual vessels out of clay.
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.