Ancient Civilizations Teacher Resources
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Pocket Dictionary: Ancient Civilizations
For 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.
Ancient Civilizations: Medieval and Early Modern Times
Seventh graders gain an understanding of the history of Mongolian culture through making inferences about Mongolian artwork
Dark Matter: The Matter We Can't See
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!
New! My Big Fat Greek Olympics
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 plan 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.
From Umayyad to Abbasid Empires
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
Recession is Not Recess
An impressive lesson plan produced by The Washington Post on various aspects of economics. This nine-page page lesson has an amazing variety of activities embedded in it for high school students. There are great worksheets, websites, articles, and in-class economic simulations embedded in this plan. Highly recommened for secondary learners.
Two Rivers Ran Through It
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.
See You Later, Gladiator!
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.
Ancient Cultures News Broadcast
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.
Renaissance: Italy and the Middle Ages
A presentation with critical thinking, document analysis, and regents questions! Examine the shifts in art, learning, and understanding that took place during the Italian Renaissance. A look at the differences between the early Renaissance and the late Dark Ages makes for an easy compare and contrast activity.
Probability, Igba-ita (A Nigerian game)
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!
MATERIALS, Using What’s Local: Native Materials, Local Sources
Students consider the development of different societies. In this environmental building lesson plan, students consider local resources and how societies choose to use them. Students use their findings to design a 'green' building for use in their local environment.
In this social studies worksheet, 3rd graders find the words that are related to different civilizations and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
Intro to China
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.
Write Like an Egyptian
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.
Young scholars 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.
Greece and Rome Architecture Reflected in Federal Buildings Thinking Routine
Compare ancient and modern architecture by asking your historians to view photographs or slides of Roman and Greek architecture. They will complete a 3 circle Venn diagram labeled "Ancient Greece," "Rome," and "Modern Day United States," then write reflections about how the diagram illustrates how the United States architecture is modeled after great civilizations with similar ideals. This would be a wonderful activity to pair with a field trip!
Students list different forms of communication, assess importance of writing, read and discuss article "String, and Knot, Theory of Inca Writing", research system of writing, and create "How It Works" posters.
In this outlining a passage worksheet, students read a nonfiction article and follow directions to write an outline using an outline template. Students write 15 answers.