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Minoan Pottery - A History Lesson
Accent your next ancient pottery art project with easy-to-follow background information. An article describes the background, significance, and history of Minoan Pottery. It includes links to images, sites and ideas. Tip: This is a great way to build a cultural understanding of the art we make.
Aegean Art Cycladic Art 3200-1050 BC, Minoan Art 3000-1100 BC, and Mycenaean Art 1600-1100 BC
So exciting, art from the ancient mediterranean! Get ready to divulge interesting facts about the art and culture of the Minoans, Mycenaeans, Aegeans, and Cycladians. Each slide provides a map, images of art, and the cultural significance found in the style and craftsmanship of each piece shown. Learners will discover how and why these ancient artists made what they did.
Digging Up the Past: Sir Arthur Evans and the Palace at Knossos
Students explore the excavations of the Palace of Knossos on the Island of Crete. They create a simulated news broadcasting on the work of Sir Arthur Evans and his colleges. In their "news investigation" students cover such topics as an introduction into archeology, the culture of Minoan Crete and the Myth of Knossos. They film and present their news broadcasts to others. Students may also create a PowerPoint presentation.
The Minoans and Mycenaeans
You can use this PowerPoint to aid your lesson on the Minoans and Mycenaeans. The developments of these ancient cultures are outlined with corresponding facts and images. Tip: After your lesson, have students create a timeline of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations.
Ancient East/West Enigma, Hypothesis on Antiquity, The Search for a Beginning
Students identify Neolithic cultures in South East Asia and China, possibly precursors to the ancient civilizations being compared. In this world history lesson plan, students construct a presentation of a group hypothesis based on information learned as to why the Minoans could or could not be the same people group of the Shang Dynasty.
Bronze Age Ship in 2004
In this geography worksheet, students read an excerpt about a ship from the Bronze Age. They identify and name countries that the ancient Minoan sea travelers traded with and what they exchanged. Then students examine the drawing and identify which building tasks would be the most difficult and why.
Cultures of the Mountains and the Sea: Mycenaean, Minoan, and Dorian cultures
Sometimes the most fascinating stories are true. Uncover the basic origins, contributions, and interactions that lead to Greek culture. Concepts covered are environmental effects on culture, Greek life, Mycenaean, Minoan, and Dorian cultures. This is a great overview intended to enhance a full lesson.
Ancient Crete: Minoan Civilizations
Take a quick look into the world of ancient Crete and uncover various facts about the Minoan Civilization. Religion, natural resources, and economics are all covered in this easy to follow presentation. Several good review questions are included.
Looking for Clues
Upper graders become "shipwreck detectives" by studying the debris field from a shipwreck in the Aegean Sea which took place in the 700s. A website is accessed that gives specific information about the debris field, and pairs of students fill out a worksheet embedded in the plan that categorizes the majority of debris found in quadrants that are delineated in the worksheet. Learners see how studying wrecks like this one can lead to the acquisition of quite a bit of knowledge about a culture.
What could be so interesting about archaic Greece? What isn't! Kids will get a chance to see some of the amazing artifacts unearthed by explorers of old. As the slides progress, so does the ancient timeline. From the Early Bronze Age and Minoans, to the Mycenaeans and the Trojan War. With kings, queens, astounding palaces, and fabulous art, this presentation has it all! Note: The slide show is light on text but has terrific images.
Culture of the Minoan
In this history learning exercise, students identify and name various aspects of the Minoan culture. They complete ten different blank shapes that explain their religion, transportation, entertainment, education, government, money, and how they communicated.
The Volcano Factory
Collaborative groups work together to report on the volcanic activity leading to island formation and construct models to demonstrate the process. Consider having each group present their project to the rest of the class. There are many online resources provided to support this lesson. Use the assignment and websites in your middle school earth science class when studying plate tectonics.
My Friend, the Volcano
Working in cooperative groups, young scientists research and report on how undersea volcanic activity may benefit marine ecosystems. There are many links to websites that you can use to stimulate curiosity or for pupils to use for gathering research information. This is a terrific tie between earth and life science concepts.
This Old Ship
Junior archaeologists will be able to describe shipwreck artifacts and the information they reveal. They work in small groups to reasearch wreckage features of different period ships, making this not only a science lesson, but a social studies lesson as well!
Mapping the Aegean Seafloor
Earth science learners create a two-dimensional topographic map of the floor of the Aegean Sea. They use it to then create a three-dimensional model of the ocean floor features. This comprehensive resource delivers strong background information, clear activity procedures, and plenty of links to related resources. Use this when teaching topographic mapping or ocean floor features.
Walk your students through archaic Greek times with this 60-slide PowerPoint. The presentation is separated into 6 different eras, including: Early "Bronze Age," The Minoans, The Mycenaeans, The Trojan War, The Greek "Dark Ages," and Greek Colonization. Slides contain large colorful photos, each with a descriptive title. Tip: Prior to showing this slideshow to your class, look up facts to go along with each era to tell your students.
What's the Difference?
Students investigate volcanic processes at convergent and divergent tectonic plate boundaries. They read and analyze diagrams, complete a worksheet, and write an essay.
The Warrior Role in Greek Society
Students are introduced to the various gods and goddesses in ancient Greek mythology. In groups, they use print and electronic resources to research the ways Greek culture has influenced the modern world. To end the lesson, they identify and write a paper on the role of the Greek warrior and participate in a role play acting out the movements of the warriors.
The Ancient Mediterranean: Trade, Contact, and Cultural Diffusion
Ninth graders begin the instructional activity by being introduced to the basic terms of economics. In groups, they discover how they are affected by trade because of the clothes they wear and foods they eat. Using primary sources, they examine the development of Minoan and Mycenaean cultures. To end the instructional activity, they analyze the relationship between producers and consumers.
In this ancient Greece worksheet, students read a factual story giving the basic history of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. Students answer 8 questions.