Ancient History Teacher Resources
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Modern Greece Fights For Ancient History
Students study the history of Ancient Greece and its society through Internet research. They investigate information about the Parthenon and its marble structures.
In this ancient history worksheet, students complete multiple choice questions about Cleopatra, the Great Wall of China, and more. Students complete 4 questions total.
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.
New! Absolutism: A Concept Formation Lesson
Rather than just memorizing and regurgitating a definition, your young historians will determine on their own what critical attributes the concept of absolutism entails! This excellent lesson plan involves analysis of a period portrait of King Louis XIV of France, and then group work to review, analyze, and classify several different examples of absolute monarchs.
Music and Creativity in Ancient Greece
Take a fascinating look into the many ways in which music played an absolutely integral role in the culture of ancient Greece. Rooted in ancient Greek mythology and the common medium through which all core disciplines were taught and studied, discover how for ancient Greeks, music was also the basis for understanding the fundamental interconnectedness of all things in the universe.
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.
History & Trends in Health Care
From the ancient Romans' efforts to drain marshland in order to reduce malaria, to Louis Pasteur's vaccinations for rabies and anthrax, discover the evolution of health care methods and documentation throughout history. Each slide in this presentation focuses on a particular culture, primarily in ancient history, and its unique contribution to man's knowledge of how to treat disease and illness.
Lesson: Flood Stories
There are so many flood stories and myths throughout history, each having similarities and differences. The painting Deucalion and Pyrrha depict a stormy scene one might see prior to a flood. Learners work to find the relationship between the myths and the painting. They then use the visual cues in the painting to compose an original flood story. A neat lesson with a lot of cross curricular potential.
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Ancient history and geography go hand-in-hand; navigate both with your fingertips in this simple, yet informative application! Arranged along a timeline are 33 maps of ancient empires, on which you can tap pins for information about cities, bodies of water, or land forms. By tapping on a flag, you can also read about historical figures or occurrences of the time.
Ancient Egyptian Cartouche
The best part about teaching sixth grade is ancient history. Kids love learning about the ancient past and they'll love creating Egyptian cartouches using real hieroglyphics. They'll discuss ancient art forms, practice drawing ancient hieroglyphs, and discuss the cultural significance of the ancient cartouche. Everything needed is included.
Lesson: Tlatelolco: Mexican Student Massacre 1968
The Massacre of Tlatelolco is the focus of a discussion-based lesson. Civil-minded learners consider the nature of student movements that have ended in violence based on over-reaction and government oppression. They discuss the social consequences of the massacre and the more current protests.
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Imagine visiting Rome as it is and as it was. Using bubble technology, take 3-D virtual tours of battlefields, major public works, and villas. Use overlays to follow the expansion of the empire, the construction of the Coliseum, and the progression of Roman emperors. Read about the origins of Rome and enjoy the art. Study Roman battle strategy and examine weapons. A must-app for ancient history buffs.
Lesson: Painting Stories
You're never too young for a instructional activity in fine art. Explore the painting Deucalion and Pyrrha, based on the Greek myth of the same name, with your class. You'll look at color, composition, texture, and technique, which are easily outlined by provided notes and images. You'll then have the class draw illustrations to a story they love.
Pilgrims and Puritans
With graphic organizers galore, learners will follow the changes of church and state in early colonial America. They look at the differences between the pilgrims and the puritans in terms of beliefs and life ways. Myths and misconceptions are also laid to rest. Could be a handy resource when discussion colonial life.
The Achievements and Challenges of Egypt
Awesome, that is all I have to say! This set of lessons provides learners with an understanding of ancient Egyptian laws, lifestyle, religion, and culture. It engages them in a critical analysis activity regarding the film, "The Prince of Egypt." They analyze stereotypes in the film as well as how modern Egyptians felt about it. Multiple web resources are linked to each of the eight included lessons.
This Old Ship
Junior archaeologists will be able to describe shipwreck artifacts and the information they reveal. They work in small groups to reasearch wreckage features of different period ships, making this not only a science lesson, but a social studies lesson as well!
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.
Horn of Plenty
Students read the article "African Pastoral: Archaeologists Rewrite the Story of Farming" from The New York Times and discuss how the image of the farmer has changed over the centuries. Students work in groups to create time-lines and handouts on the different aspects of farming as they relate to the article.
Lasting Legacies of Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece lesson plans can open up a world of information for students.
Measuring the Earth (Eratoshenes' method)
Sixth graders engage in problem solving, communicating, reasoning, and connecting to represent and solve problems, using geometric models.