Mesopotamia Teacher Resources

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Pupils examine Hammurabi's Code. They take on the role of his council of advisors and report their "advice" to the king. They write an essay discussing an aspect of daily life that the Code exemplifies.
Students use the guiding questions to accomplish the lesson objectives. They will know the purposes for the establishing of The Codes and how they were distributed throughout the ancient empire of Babylonia.
Students participate in jigsaw learning activity in order to cover a large amount of information about the technological advances and writing systems of ancient civilizations. Working in small groups, they research an assigned topic to become experts and they share they information with their classmates.
In this Mesopotamian Empires worksheet, students read passages about Mesopotamian Empires and complete short answer questions. Students complete 3 questions total.
Students are introduced to a method for finding square roots used by the Babylonian people of Mesopotamia. The method involves dividing and averaging, over and over, to find a more accurate solution with each repeat of the process.
Second in a series of five lessons, this lesson encourages preteens to consider cities as urban ecosystems. First, they keep a food diary for a few days. They visit the Natrional Agricultural Statistics Service website for current data on food production. They take a virtual tour of ancient Mesopotamia and discuss how the improvement of food production is related to the development of cities. Standing alone, this lesson does not stand out. Check out the other lessons in the series though. You may find the mini-unit valuable. for upper elementary world history.
Young scholars discover the history of writing through images, and the universal themes that are still relevant.  In this communications lesson, students analyze a group of symbols on the black board and must translate them into a complete sentence.  Young scholars work in groups and utilize handouts to create cuneiform tablets.
This 10-question quiz primarily focuses on the industrial revolution and human geography. The teacher provides 4 versions of the same quiz to reduce the potential for cheating on this multiple choice test. It is likely that this quiz corresponds with a specific text; however, the resource is not referenced.
Studetns, after studying life in Mesopotamia, create a Sumerian brick.
Students investigate how constant irrigation, with repeated evaporation of water eventually ruined farm land in southern Mesopotamia. They discuss the development of irrigation.
Sixth graders design awards and create trophies describing the lasting impacts of the four great river civilizations before 1000 B.C. They research various characteristics of each civilization and determine the most significant political, economic and social contributions from each of the civilizations.
Young scholars act as archaeologists in the future, find a penny artifact and gather data about the unknown society. The date, religion, buildings, and even the beards of the society are gleaned from the images on the penny.
Students use the internet to explore the Indus River Valley. They view a video about the civilization that settled there. They create an ancient record of the information they gather.
Students produce calligraphy projects using writing skills and unique tools in this six-day Art activity. Emphasis is placed upon the work of Portland, Oregon calligraphy artist Inga Dubay and her experiences with "Italic" writing techniques.
Learners continue to explore the factors that contribute to the collapse of a society; they also explore how archaeological evidence is gathered and interpreted. Students explore about the social changes that caused the collapse of important ancient civilizations in Central America, Mesopotamia, the southwestern United States, and western Africa.
In this geography skills worksheet, students define 6 terms and respond to 30 true/false and multiple choice questions about the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula.
Students explore world geography by completing worksheets in class. In this India history lesson, students identify the location of India and examine a timeline of the country from over 6000 years ago. Students research the Internet to discover the different people who lived there before completing a worksheet.
Coupling well with a unit on ancient cultures, this presentation covers ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Sumeria, Egypt, Indus, and China. It includes photographs of each region, their characteristics, and short quizzes after each section.
First graders examine cuneiform writing from a stone tablet, then write a simple sentence using pictographs. They analyze various examples of Egyptian art, construct a model of an Egyptian boat, and create a class painting using glyphs from each student.
Students compare the homes of people who lived in ancient Mesopotamia to their own and explore how climate, natural resources, and cultural differences may have influenced the differences. The house plan can be obtained from the wed site.