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Unmasking the Middle East
Students explore many of the countries in the Middle East, developing research-based posters and a spider web illustrating the relationships among the countries. They write letters to fictional peers in Middle Eastern countries.
History and Culture of the Middle East
The Middle East provides a rich history for students to delve into.
The History of Conflict in the Middle East
The history of the Middle East can be a fascinating and relevant topic for students.
The Middle East: Land of Contrasts
Students explore the ancient city of Petra. In this Middle East lesson, students watch "The Royal Tour of Jordan," and then discuss the history of Petra. Students conduct research on selected sites in the city and use their findings to create paper slide shows.
Great Cities of the Middle East
Students explore the cities of Cairo, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mecca and Tehran. In this Middle East lesson plan, students complete a map, research one of the five the cities and prepare a presentation that includes details about the city. Students also create a musical instrument that these five cities are known for.
The Middle East Region: Flags and Facts
Students examine basic facts about the Middle East by exploring maps of the region. They conduct Internet research on National Geographic's Hot Spot: Iraq website, draw and label a map, and compare and contrast the geographic features of the U.S. and the Middle East.
Desert Fever: A Student-Centered Approach to Learning About the Middle East
Explore the exciting and diverse geography, people, history, governments, and economies of the Middle East. Curious minds develop a basic vocabulary of Arabic terms and work with various materials to create an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-understand board game for their own use (and for use by their peers).
Mapping the Middle East
Learners examine how the countries of the Middle East were created. They explore the influence of various political and geographic factors in their creation. They list the things they should consider in deciding how to draw new borders in the Middle East.
Middle East Newscast
Seventh graders explore the cultural aspects of the Middle East. Using the internet, 7th graders research an issue within a Middle East country. Students develop a PowerPoint presentation and a newscast to deliver to the class.
Alike and Different: The Middle East and the United States
Students compare maps of the Middle East using National Geographic's Hot Spot: Iraq, and a map of their own region, looking for similar features. They fill in and label their own blank outline maps of the Middle East and the United States.
Middle East: Land, Resouces, and Economics
Students identify and describe major geographical features of the Middle East and explain how these features and other natural resources influence the economy of the area. Then they research one of the middle-eastern countries listed, identifying country's physical geography, the population, average life span, the climate, the country's GDP, the industries supported by the country, and what the country exports.
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons: the Middle East Through
Sixth graders read "Seven Daughters and Seven Sons" and examine aspects of Middle East culture and geography. They define vocabulary from the book and map locations described in the book.
Three Tour Guides: A Middle East Travel Activity
This is a great way to get your scholars recalling the information they have learned about Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in a fun and interactive way! They begin by examining 10 statements and determining if they apply to 1, 2, or all 3 faiths. Learners roleplay as part of a group travelling to the Middle East, and must review 3 tour guide applications, checking for historical accuracy. They finally write a recommendation for the tour guide they choose.
Folk Music of Egypt and the Middle East
Fifth graders study Egypt and the Middle East through the use of folk music. In this early civilizations lesson, 5th graders correlate the music of a culture with the development of their society. Students research early Egyptian and Middle Eastern societies using folk music as their starting point.
Arab Spring: Unrest in the Middle East, 2011-2012
The conflict in the Middle East is a hot topic that can be somewhat confusing. In order to better grasp the who, what, where, when, and why of this world affair, learners fill out a chart. They record basic facts about each country including, economy, international relations, names of dictators, and evidence of oppression.
Has Peace Finally Settled in the Middle East?
Students evaluate the changes made in the Palestine National Council charter and their potential impact on the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations. They write a brief essay focusing on an article from an Israeli or Palestinian newspaper.
Forbidden Territory: Middle East Project - Traveling Jewish Theatre
Students complete activities to study the traveling Jewish theatre and the ideas of tolerance. In this theatre study lesson, students read information about the Traveling Jewish Theatre and learn about the project to unit artists from the US and the Middle East, Jews and Muslims, and Israelis and Palestinians. Students complete several activities to learn how theatre can help students explore important social issues.
Oil and Water in the Middle East Region
Students explore the roles of oil and water in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. They use maps to examine the distribution of oil in the Middle East and discuss what it means for the different countries in the region.
The Middle East
Students investigate the countries of the Middle East. In small groups, they conduct Internet research, conduct a debate, draw and label a map, and present their information to the class in the form of a presentation.
Syria's Role in the Middle East
Students hypothesize why Syria and the U.S. should find common ground in their relationship as it pertains to the future of the Middle East.