Mesopotamia Teacher Resources
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Jigsaw Ancient Technology And Writing Systems
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.
For this Mesopotamian Empires worksheet, students read passages about Mesopotamian Empires and complete short answer questions. Students complete 3 questions total.
Babylonian Square Roots
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.
Words into Pictures
Students discover the history of writing through images, and the universal themes that are still relevant. In this communications lesson plan, students analyze a group of symbols on the black board and must translate them into a complete sentence. Students work in groups and utilize handouts to create cuneiform tablets.
Geography: Quiz 8
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.
Are You a Good Sumerian?
Studetns, after studying life in Mesopotamia, create a Sumerian brick.
The First Farmers
Students investigate how constant irrigation, with repeated evaporation of water eventually ruined farm land in southern Mesopotamia. They discuss the development of irrigation.
And The Winner Is
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.
Class Conscious Review
Students examine Roman social classes. In this ancient Rome activity, students discover the characteristics of the social class structure of the ancient society as they take part in a classroom simulation activity.
Clues from the Past: How to "Read" an Artifact
Students 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.
A Walk Through Harappa: A Study of the Indus River Valley Civilization
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.
Calligraphy, Handwriting And The Alphabet
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.
Science NetLinks: Collapse 2: Interpreting the Evidence
Middle schoolers 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.
The Persian Gulf & Interior
In this geography skills learning exercise, middle schoolers define 6 terms and respond to 30 true/false and multiple choice questions about the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula.
History of India
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.
Ancient River Valley Civilizations
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.
Mesopotamia: Phoenicians Sail the Mediterranean Sea
Sixth graders explore world history by completing worksheets in class. In this Mesopotamia lesson plan, 6th graders read assigned textbooks from their book regarding the Phoenicians and write a song or poem about them. Students write journal entries as though they were a Phoenician and answer study questions in a worksheet.
Mesopotamian Tablet, Egyptian Art
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.
Visit a Mesopotamian House
Learners 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.
Students explore how foods and their preparation differ over time and from culture to culture. An ancient recipe for the preparation of goat, found by archaeologists, is examined and discussed by the students.