Ancient Civilizations Teacher Resources
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Young scholars explore the history and geographic background of the Indus Valley. Student research the area and create a travel brochure based on the information.
With a Classroom Performance System, 6th graders use their remote controls to answer a series of questions about Latin American civilizations. They research and fill out a worksheet on one of the three major ancient civilizations: Maya, Aztec, or Inca. This lesson is technology driven which is good but lacking in content. Filling out a worksheet online is really no different than with pencil. I believe the novelty of the CPS is the focus and not the fascinating content.
Third graders invite an Archaeologist visit the classroom and explain what he does for a living. In groups, they perform their own archaeology dig and show what they have discovered.
Sixth graders investigate symbolism in history by examining Ancient Egypt. In this ancient civilization instructional activity, 6th graders analyze the different social structures and politics of Egypt, Kush and Mesopotamia. Students research and identify characters from Ancient Egyptian writings known as hieroglyphics.
In this Ancient Civilizations lesson, 3rd graders will analyze images of 4 different ancient civilizations. Students will guess the civilization shown and then write down 5 clues that lead them to that assertion. This lesson includes the necessary images and worksheets.
Students research the uses of rainsticks in ancient native cultures. The teacher discusses the ceremonies rainsticks were traditionally used in. The students then construct their own rainstick.
Sixth graders explore ancient civilizations. In this social studies instructional activity, 6th graders research the civilizations of Mesoamerica. Students write questions they have about the civilizations and complete a shape book.
Students acquire an understanding that archaeology is a field of scientific study of the life and culture of ancient civilizations by excavation and study of cities and artifacts.
Students research and recreate coins from ancient civilizations to determine how the imagery reflects the cultures which originally made them.
Ninth graders explore what can happen when humans live beyond the limits of the natural environment through studying the demise of ancient civilizations. In this World History lesson plan, 9th graders read about an Ancient Civilization within their groups. Students consider what options these civilizations had.
Learners participate in "Raiders of the Future", a role play about futuristic scientists sending a spaceship to Mars for research and exploration. They collect geological samples for analysis, discover the ruins of an ancient civilization and six mummified bodies!
Pupils embark on a web quest in order to discover the mysteries of the Aztec civilization. In this ancient civilization activity, students visit the provided seven websites in order to fill in each incomplete paragraph with the appropriate facts about the Aztecs.
Sixth graders complete map-work in order to understand the progression of hunter-gatherer societies. In this hunter-gatherer lesson, 6th graders label maps with the Equator, the Tropics, and the vegetation. They complete associated worksheets to show their understanding of the reasons for where people live.
Sixteen attractive slides give details of the main places, things, and people the students will encounter during their study of ancient civilizations. Each of the classic slides has a title, 1 or 2 bullet points with summary facts, and a relevant clear image.
Students read about the daily life, history, dynasties, and ancient celebration of ancient China.
In this ancient civilizations worksheet, students answer multiple choice questions about the ruler Khufu of the Egyptian times. Students complete 4 questions.
In this ancient civilizations vocabulary activity, students make a 28 page pocket dictionary with words about ancient civilizations. Students write the definitions provided for each word. Note: The word cards appear to be missing for the dictionary, but there is a list.
Seventh graders gain an understanding of the history of Mongolian culture through making inferences about Mongolian artwork
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.
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.