Mesopotamia Teacher Resources
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In this North Eastern Asia geography activity, students read about the culture, economics, and life of the Northeast region. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
After studying Ancient Civilizations, learners could use this jeopardy-like game as a review. Having questions relating to the Neolithic, Paleolithic Era, and more, this presentation would be a great whole class or center activity.
Students watch a video and complete a webquest to gain a better understanding of the historical significance of the first known civilization, Mesopotamia.
Each of the Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses are associated with a city and a symbol. This hand out is intended as a quick reference guide to help learners recall 12 of the most prominent of these figures.
In this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 12 multiple choice questions regarding Mesopotamia. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Young scholars create a chart of cuneiform symbols for numerals. They create clay tablets and use them to answer questions. They write cuneiform numbers or math problems on their tablets.
Sixth graders read and locate events (ranging in time from B.C. to A.D.) on a time line. They will then create and organize events of a timeline of the historical events of Mesopotamia.
In this ancient farming instructional activity, students fill in the blanks in 25 sentences about farming in Mesopotamia. Students will use the words in a word bank. Prior knowledge or research will be needed.
Find out what every anthropologist already knows by reading the book, Guns, Germs & Steel. This presentation is to accompany a reading of chapter 14 from the book, it helps define basic concepts and terms related to the effect of agriculture on society, such as religion and government. Lots of good examples are used throughout the presentation. Basic Anthropology 101!
Sixth graders research ancient river civilizations for important events. In this award designing lesson, 6th graders create a graphic organizer with the events that most affected the society and then create an award for that society. Students complete a worksheet looking at each of the civilizations.
Students create their own ancient civilizations based off of topographical maps of Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and the Yellow River. In this social studies lesson, students are assigned one topographical map to use to create their civilizations. Students design a proposal for the teacher based on a brainstorming session. Students create maps and a presentation of their benefits to society. Students engage in a class discussion once they have all presented.
Students write a descriptive letter about life in ancient Mesopotamia. Through video streaming, students discover the history of Mesopotamia. They assume the role of a scribe and compose a three paragraph essay using main ideas and vocabulary words. Students classify main ideas using a graphic organizer.
Learners explain how the availability of natural resources has affected human settlement patterns. They recognize the interactions of human populations on environments and compare the growth of two ancient cities in relation to natural resources.
Students eplore the physical systems of the earth in addition to examining the role that the sun has played on past, present and will play in future civilizations.
Eighth graders explore civilizations of the world. In this architecture lesson, 8th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to examine famous structures of the world. Links are provided to Library of Congress primary sources as well as other files and documents.
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society. In this World History lesson, 7th graders research two ancient civilizations. Students create maps showing the trade routes of these civilizations.
In this reading comprehension about New Years Day activity, students observe a picture and read a short passage. Students write 5 short answers.
Sixth graders create a travel brochure highlighting the accomplishments of the Indus Valley civilization. Group work allows students to create brochures illustrating the location, government, religion, agriculture, cultural and scientific contributions of this ancient civilization.
Seventh graders study the history and civilization of the Indus Valley. For this Ancient India lesson, 7th graders research the political and social characteristics of the Indus Valley civilization. Students create a travel brochure based on the political, social, geographical, economic, and cultural research they found. Students then use the brochures to help them complete graphic organizers comparing the Indus Valley to other river civilizations.
Students 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.