Ancient Civilizations Teacher Resources
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Architecture 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.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
Inventions Over Time
Explore the inventions of the past with a project on ancient tools. After reading an article about hunting during the Archaic period, the Late Prehistoric period, and the Historic period, kids fill in a cause-and-effect chart about the...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Ancient India-Mauryan Empire
Learn about the Mauryan Empire and its ruler Ashoka. This clip describes the politics, conquests, and conflict that marked this era in ancient Indian civilization. This is an informative and interesting clip perfect for grades 7-9.
7 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Origins of Civilization - India - The Empire of Spirit 2/6
Travel to the Indian countryside to see how Indian culture evolved. In part two the caste system, the Vedas, and the teachings of Krishna are introduced. A wonderful look into the spiritual life and ritual of Indian culture.
10 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Mystery of the Maya, part 3/4
How have linguists and archaeologists been able to decode the Mayan written language? We find that the Mayan numeric system was the first clue into Mayan language. Part three in this four-part series also touches upon Mayan astronomy and...
10 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Mystery of the Maya, Part 4/4
Part four concludes this wonderful series on the scientific, linguistic, and archaeological evidence used throughout world history to uncover the mysteries of the Mayan people. In this episode we find the tomb of a king and his remains....
8 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Mystery of the Maya, Part 1/4
Uncover the mystery of the Maya through a blend of recreated dramatizations, video footage, and explanatory narration. In part one of this four-part series we learn how the first scientific explorers discovered the ancient ruins deep in...
10 mins 6th - 9th Social Studies & History
Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa
Africa was home to many great ancient civilizations, this presentation covers aspect of 4 of them. Middle schoolers explore aspects of civilizations from Nubia, Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. Topics covered are achievements, culture, great...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Teach Ancient Civilizations: Africa
Amazing! Teach learners about the wonders of ancient Africa and Asia with a comprehensive set of teaching tools. You'll click to find a well-constructed presentation, a worksheet that has kids compare and contrast ancient alphabets, a...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Roman Holiday in Google Earth
Young scholars plan an itinerary for an educational trip to Rome. In this research skills lesson, students use Google Earth to conduct research for their project in their travel teams. Young scholars also set up blogs to share their...
6th - 7th Social Studies & History
6th Grade Constructed Response Question
Graphs, charts, maps, diagrams. Reading and comprehending informational text is far more than just decoding the words on a page. Here's a packet that provides young readers with practice answering constructed response questions using...
4th - 6th English Language Arts
The Weighing of the Heart Ceremony: The After Life
There is nothing more fascinating than ancient civilizations. Take a journey into the afterlife with a look at the Egyptian weighing of the heart ceremony. Kids will love learning about Ammut the devourer, Horus, and Osiris as they...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History