World History and Geography: The Sumerians

Sometimes sixth graders may learn about a time in ancient history, but never get a grasp of the geography. This plan will ensure that doesn't happen. It includes 18 tasks that build on each other to enhance learning about ancient Sumerian geography, culture, and the archaeological process. Hands-on learning activities such as creating maps and using knowledge of archaeology to create PowerPoint presentations really help keep concepts fresh for pupils.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • During task four, or the creation of an outlined map of ancient Sumerian civilization, consider also having students label where important events in the Sumerian civilization occurred along with the geographical place to extend learning; they can even include cultural elements, such as the location of cities and the way they were planned
  • Encourage a class discussion about each presentation to enhance the learning of every concept
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need computer access to successfully complete the tasks 
  • The lesson plan covers the span of two weeks
Pros

  • Scaffolded tasks allow your young historians to learn as they go
  • Nicely ties in multiple concepts to help classmates make connections between historical events, the development of agriculture, geography, and culture
Cons

  • Although the tasks are laid out quite well, the timing of each task will need more a concrete timeline
Common Core