Ancient Civilizations Teacher Resources

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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 instructional 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.
Learners research, design, and create a game board based on information learned in ancient civilizations' social studies units. They utilize computer technology to research the project, as well as, textbooks, in-class library and video tapes. They write evaluations of the group process and of other games created in the class.
Sixth graders create a travel brochure highlighting the accomplishments of the Indus Valley civilization. Group work allows students to create brochures illustrating the location, government, religion, agriculture, cultural and scientific contributions of this ancient civilization.
Young scholarsexplore ancient civilizations by researching and comparing Chinese dynasties. They create an exhibit for Ancient Heritage Museum Day and present information about their time period to the class.
Middle schoolers research the earliest Americans. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students investigate the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. Middle schoolers examine artifacts used in the cultures and then determine what the artifacts were used for and make replicas of them.
Young scholars examine factors leading to the demise of ancient civilizations. They list causes that led to the downfall of these societies. Students conduct Internet research and participate in online archaeological investigations.
In this prehistory test worksheet, high schoolers respond to 20 multiple choice, 10 matching, and 6 short answer questions about eras of prehistory and ancient civilizations.
Learners continue to explore the factors that contribute to the collapse of a society; they also explore how archaeological evidence is gathered and interpreted. Students explore about the social changes that caused the collapse of important ancient civilizations in Central America, Mesopotamia, the southwestern United States, and western Africa.
Students study the geographical features of the Indus Valley to determine how the location of this valley contributed to the growth of an ancient civilization. They work in groups to research the area before completing map work that shows the major geographic features and cities for a presentation on the Indus Valley.
Fourth graders explore ecosystems by examining plants of the past. They discuss ways in which we interact with plants in our daily lives. Students discuss the role plants play in providing food for animals and the significance they had on ancient civilizations. They examine plant samples and discuss the ecosystems from which each plant came.
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society. Students choose two ancient civilizations from the seventh grade history indicators and research the productive resources available to them, the goods produced from those productive resources, and similarities and differences bet.
Students investigate the concept of water usage and conservation. The differences between modern and ancient practices are considered. They conduct research into the economic and social characteristics of ancient civilizations like Egypt to write a report about conservation practices highlighting the comparison.
Research ancient cultures with your class. They will read assigned text in class and utilize a map to identify the location of Egypt. Students complete many ancient Egypt activities including multiple choice questions, role-plays, and research assignments.
Sixth graders complete a long-term unit on ancient and early civilizations. They conduct Internet research, define key vocabulary terms, analyze maps, and create a PowerPoint presentation about a selected early civilization.
Students examine architectural structures of ancient civilizations by viewing a slide-show.  In this architectural design lesson, students observe a slide-show showcasing many historic buildings and structures that have lasted thousands of years.  Students discuss how these simple designs are still used in today's society.
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.
Third graders examine ancient world civilizations and the mythologies they created to explain natural phenomena, as well as the writers and poets who wrote about the mythologies.
Students complete a project about Ancient civilizations. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students explore the contributions made by ancient civilizations and research the scientific and technological achievements of ancient societies. Students explore the civilizations of China, Rome, Greece, and India.