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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.
6th Social Studies & History 6 Views 50 Downloads
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 ways hunting inventions helped ancient civilizations to develop.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Remains of the Day
Learners 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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 42 Downloads
Hit or Myth
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 43 Views 206 Downloads
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 7 Views 6 Downloads
The Ancient Middle East
Build wonder as you explore the ancient Middle East (Near East, actually). With pictures and maps aplenty, the slide show briefly describes ancient Hebrews, Palestine, and Jerusalem. Famous rulers such as King Solomon, Moses, Herod, and Alexander the Great are also discussed.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
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 the linguists who were able to decode and read ancient Mayan glyphs.
10 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
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 the South American jungle.
10 mins 6th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
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 3 Views 0 Downloads
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. We get to glance into the ideology of the Maya that incorporates, the earth, the sky, and the supernatural world.
8 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
Farming in Ancient Mesopotamia: An Ancient Civil Engineering Problem
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.
6th Technology & Engineering 36 Views 98 Downloads
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 rulers, and religion.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 35 Views 31 Downloads
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 fun group project, and a list of vocabulary terms.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 18 Views 25 Downloads
Roman Holiday in Google Earth
Learners 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. Learners also set up blogs to share their progress through the project.
6th - 7th Social Studies & History 17 Views 50 Downloads
Athens vs. Sparta
Three regents questions, a compare and contrast exercise, and a bit of topical review on the similarities and difference of Athens and Sparta. Kids review the material, read several passages (not included), then work together to complete the regents questions and Venn diagram.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 33 Downloads
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 examine a very key aspect of Egyptian religion.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads