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- Britany G.
- Provo, Utah
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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.
Sixth graders examine the culture of Mesopotamia and the foods related to that culture. They discuss what they know about the Mesopotamian culture, and complete the "Mesopotamian Foods" worksheet. Next, 6th graders taste a variety of Mesopotamian foods and discuss their nutritional value. Last, students prepare Tahini and Hummus with pita bread.
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.
Students 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.
Sixth graders investigate symbolism in history by examining Ancient Egypt. In this ancient civilization lesson, 6th graders analyze the different social structures and politics of Egypt, Kush and Mesopotamia. Students research and identify characters from Ancient Egyptian writings known as hieroglyphics.
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society. Students choose two ancient civilizations from the seventh grade history indicators and research the productive resources available to them, the goods produced from those productive resources, and similarities and differences bet.
Students analyze the beginnings of civilizations in Mesopotamis, Egypt and Kush. Using maps, they locate the major river systems and landforms in each area and how they helped to support new civilizations. They describe the main features of Egyptian art and architecture. They also explore the history of language in its written and spoken fom.