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Fifth graders view primary documents to become familiar with the causes of the American Revolutionary War.  For this Causes of the American Revolution lesson, 5th graders answer questions based on the documents. Students complete a graphic organizer projected on an overhead projector.
Instructions for two terrific ancient history lessons for your primary paleontologists are provided in this resource. The first involves the creation of fossil cast replicas using plaster of Paris. The directions are detailed, but the background information is not. For the second activity, you mark off the lengths of different dinosaurs on a 50-foot long rope for little ones to observe. Incorporate both of these activities to enhance your ancient history unit.
Share pupil responses to an interactive slide show about a design initiative intended to help the world's poor. The class works in groups to brainstorm ideas, and then prepares sketches of their own design solutions. Each rendering should demonstrate their design.
Learn the value of a dollar in this video, which explains the natural transition from the gold standard. Asking viewers if they would trust gold or the U.S. Government, Sal explains how the concept of wealth has shifted and adapted throughout our economic history.
Young scholars explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali instructional activity, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.
Ninth graders begin the lesson by being introduced to the basic terms of economics. In groups, they discover how they are affected by trade because of the clothes they wear and foods they eat. Using primary sources, they examine the development of Minoan and Mycenaean cultures. To end the lesson, they analyze the relationship between producers and consumers.
Students acquire and discover what it was like to be the ancient Greeks and Romans at a feast. They identify the informal and formal Greek and Roman clothing styles,and basic information about ancient make-up and hairstyles and the appearance and function of Greek and Roman dining couches and dining rooms. Finally, students prepare the basics of ancient cooking and the differences between ancient and modern Mediterranean cuisine.
Students examine how ancient Greek drama by studying a play by Sophocles. They investigate the cultural and historical implications of Greek drama and share a presentation or performance with the class.
Sixth graders complete a long-term unit on ancient and early civilizations. They conduct Internet research, define key vocabulary terms, analyze maps, and create a PowerPoint presentation about a selected early civilization.
Students explore ancient cultures. In this ancient religions lesson, students study the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia they watch "Garden of Eden" and discuss their impressions. Students then research Sumer and prepare presentations regarding their research findings.
Students gain a conversant knowledge of some aspect of ancient African literature of the eighteenth dynasty (1572-1315 B.C.) in Egypt. They choose either to make a crossword puzzle or a word search with at least 20 key words from their topic.
Students develop an elementary understanding of the history of art. They study the basic elements of a painting including perspective, composition, color, light and symbolism. They look at each selected painting and analyze it, moving from first impressions to a more detailed examination. to
Students explore Greek and Roman symbolism in art. In this visual art lesson, students draw portraits of ancient leaders based on the written descriptions they read about them. Students also design campaign posters using Greek or Roman iconography.
Explore the exciting and diverse geography, people, history, governments, and economies of the Middle East. Curious minds develop a basic vocabulary of Arabic terms and work with various materials to create an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-understand board game for their own use (and for use by their peers).
Coming up on the Olympics? Be sure your middle schoolers understand the dynamic and ancient history of this global tradition. They begin by recalling traditions parents have passed down, considering their relevance and ways they might be improved. Next, scholars investigate Pierre de Coubertin and the history of the Olympics as they read two informational illustrated texts. Although the texts aren't linked into the lesson, you can find them online. There are several synthesis activities to choose from; kids could write an essay on the spirit of the games, draw a timeline tracing Olympic history, write out the rules to a new game, or even come up with an awards ceremony plan in small groups.
Seventh graders analyze the amount and conditions of trade in the late Bronze Age. In groups, they research where a variety of items and goods originated. They participate in Mediterranean trade days in which they try to acquire as much as possible. They complete a worksheet to end the instructional activity.
In this Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt instructional activity, students learn about Cleopatra and the succession of Egyptian rules through the present day. Students watch a clip from the movie Cleopatra, read about events in the life of Cleopatra and analyze her personality.  Students role play various characters in the setting of ancient Egypt.
In this lesson, students will review important facts and concepts about ancient Egyptian civilization and identify important vocabulary and names pertaining to ancient Egypt.
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.
Third graders write a caption for a photograph. In this Ancient History lesson, 3rd graders use a Time for Kids magazine to locate a caption and make observations about it. Students view pictures of Ancient Greece and Rome and create a caption for a photograph as a class. Students then work independently to write their own caption for another photograph and share it with a partner

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