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Students explore ancient cultures. In this ancient religions instructional activity, 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 examine ancient religions of Confucianism and Buddhism. Pupils prepare a K-W-L chart, Venn Diagram and participate in think-pair-share activities. Classmates compare and contrast Confucianism and Buddhism. They explore the difference between monotheistic religions and ancient religions.
In this ancient religions worksheet, students fill in the scrolls about each ancient religion and fill in the blanks about them as well. Students complete this for 5 ancient religions.
In this religion learning exercise, 10th graders study the foundations for ancient religions.  Students use the graphic organizer to understand the timeline and development of the religions through the ages.
Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose essays that compare the ethnicity and identity that they experience to that of ancient people or the nineteenth century Middle Eastern world.
Pupils examine the indigenous religions of China (Daoism) and Japan (Shinto) to see how magical beliefs and practices form an integral part of these religions. This lesson may be controversial.
Bring excitement and interest to your social studies with a unit on ancient civilizations.
Religion is an important area of study in any history class.
This resource includes a list of over 40 world religions and their major features, such as brief summaries of their origins and history, beliefs in god and an afterlife, practices, foundational texts, etc.  The document also includes an introduction explaining decisions that went into how the chart was formulated.
  • Have learners review the religions and choose one to further study, research, and present
  • Continually have class members refer back to this resource throughout a world religions course
Ancient religion was often times closely linked to social structure and government. Hand out a handy guide that describes 12 major gods and goddesses from ancient Mesopotamia. They are each connected to a location, symbol, and force of nature. 
Students learn about the two main types of religions.  In this religion lesson plan, students define religion and learn about early religion as well as religion in the west.  Students define animism, polytheism, pantheism, monotheism, agnosticism and atheism.
Sixth graders examine important information relating to Ancient Egypt while obtaining specific knowledge about ancient civilizations. In this ancient civilizations lesson, 6th graders read a chapter on Ancient Egypt, discuss and complete a 'Coat of Arms' worksheet, and explore websites dedicated to ancient civilizations.
Learners research the parallel development and complexity of writing and civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. In this ancient Mesopotamia lesson, students analyze the Cuneiform writing system in ancient Mesopotamia and how the civilization evolved due to the system. Learners place artifacts in chronological order of their creation and write an explanation paragraph.
In this Greek mythology worksheet, students analyze Greek mythology and the poem The Odyssey. Students research, write, and present a speech about a Greek god or goddess.
Students look into the development of religious beliefs. For this ancient civilization lesson, students research the founders of several world religions including Akhenaton. Students use their findings to create world religion charts and respond to discussion questions.
A perfect resource for encouraging an understanding of the world's religions and note taking skills. Text is broken into a classic note taking style, ideal for teaching good habits. Content includes a break down of major religions, separated into monotheistic and polytheistic categories. All seven major religions plus two secondary religions are discussed.
High schoolers investigate Greek contributions to modern America. In this ancient Greek influence lesson, students watch videos, listen to lectures, and conduct research regarding ancient Greek ideals in order to analyze and trace Greek influence in modern American society. Several weblinks, worksheets, and project options are included with this lesson.
From pharaohs and pyramids to the mummification process, this packet is a fantastic resource for studying ancient Egypt! Worksheets not only review key terms and practices that are foundational to ancient Egyptian culture, such as religious beliefs, writing, architecture, etc., but also include a range of engaging, interactive activities.
Students explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali lesson, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.
Second graders research Ancient Greece. In this Ancient Greece activity, 2nd graders survey the geographical, historical, and cultural aspects of Greece. Students discover stories of Greek mythology and explore the beginning of the Olympic games.

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