Ancient Civilizations Teacher Resources

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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. 
Young scholars 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 worksheet, 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
In this social studies learning exercise, 3rd graders find the words that are related to different civilizations and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
It's looking like the dark side is bigger than we thought! Physicists speculate that perhaps 96% of the universe consists of invisible dark matter and dark energy, while only 4% is what we can view with the aided eye. This flabbergasting concept is explained with simplifying graphics and animated narration. A terrific film clip that will be a stimulating addition to your physics presentation when your class is studying fundamental particles. And may the force be with you!
The Olympic Games are indeed a significant and far-reaching cultural component in our international community today, but from where do they originate? Where do our traditions stem from, and how do we choose the sports that constitute this momentous event? Learners begin this lesson sequence by reading the historical background of the Olympics and discovering terms and imagery associated with Greek stories. Then, working in groups, they develop advertising pitches for a product or person that could be promoted by the use of a Greek name or symbol. In the second activity, class members compare and contrast the ancient and modern Olympic Games, and form an Olympic committee to determine the pentathlon of games to be included in a mock Olympic game day.
You can't truly understand the present until you understand the past. Bring a historical context to you next social studies class with an exceptional presentation on the ancient Arab and Islamic empires of Umayyad and Abbasid. Slides contain rich text outlining the beginning, expansion, and global interactions of the empires 
Sixth graders discover the problems that early Mesototamian farmers faced while developing agriculture in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. They design a working model that solves those unique challenges.
Young historians take a look at the age of gladiators, and the cultural atmosphere present when they staged their epic battles. Pupils pretend to be reporters and write newspaper articles about one of the events they stage. Then, everyone writes a "Step Book" about a gladiator. These books describe how gladiators look, smell, feel, act, and eat. An inventive lesson for middle schoolers who are studying ancient cultures.
Introduce the first team sport to your Spanish class. You'll need to spend a day or two with computers in order to complete the WebQuest. Class members take a tour of Mesoamerica and everything related to the game with the interactive, created by the Mint Museum of Art. The resource outlines a process for looking at the information and includes a long list of questions to guide exploration.
Understanding the global interconnection between people of other nations is extremely important in our ever-shrinking world. Emergent global thinkers examine the significance of Chinese culture, religion, and political power. They then disucss stereotypes and myths commonly assosiated with how Chinese people and culture are portrayed in Western media.
High schoolers know how to use technology, but they often need more training on how to use it effectively for educational or professional purposes. Try out the activities described here to get your pupils thinking about interesting ways to tap into technology. You might need to modify the activities in order to make them more relevant to your curriculum, or use them as introductory ideas before assigning a presentation. Check understanding of the standard with the two provided quizzes.
Young scholars examine the different characteristics of culture and write about a hypothetical culture of their own.
How does geography influence daily life? Guided by this essential question, class groups select and then research an ancient culture, and develop a news broadcast about the geographical setting and its impact on the culture. Teams select images, create a storyboard, and then film their presentation. Links to model presentations and other resources are included.
In a creative cross-curricular activity, middle schoolers play a Nigerian game using cowrie shells. (You can use shell-shaped pasta if you do not have actual shells.) As they play, they keep a record of their scores, and then use the data to explore probability concepts. This is an admirable alternative approach to teaching probability concepts! 
Students study the discovery and import of the Scorpion Tableau. They research other examples of ancient writing systems and synthesize their knowledge of them by designing new writing systems based on these early models.
Students explore theories about how the Olmec civilization influenced other Mesoamerican societies. They research the Olmecs to create a museum exhibit of their findings and reflect on how an Olmec person might have understood the culture's influence.
Fifth graders identify the aspects of Ancient Egyptians and Heiroglyphs. They compare and contrast Egyptian Hieroglyphs with the decimal number system. Students recognize the decimal number system and compares to bases other than ten.