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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #1

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One of the more difficult topics to teach. With the lack of written material, it can be problematic to find good resources and ideas on how to engage students. Here are just a couple of ideas that could help you teach this difficult area:

Sumerians- Have students create a Sumerian city-state. Have them research and create laws for their government (monarchy). Students also create their own flag, plan of the city, and God of the city. Rubric is available for assessment.

Egypt- Have students become the teacher. They will research an important topic in Ancient Egypt and then have the freedom to express their knowledge anyway they want to. I did have my students follow specific guidelines and rubrics. Both are available.

Ancient India- Buddhism and Hinduism might be more interesting for kids if they knew what to compare it too. I have created a PowerPoint presentation in which students become Jedi Knights from the mythical Star Wars universe to help them better understand both religions.

Ancient Greece/Rome-More options here because there is more written material. Some ideas include:
  • Creating a travel brochure describing the important features of each classical civilization
  • I have created a murder investigation that surrounds itself around 10 centers...all about Ancient Rome. The goal of the students is to connect what we have today back to Ancient Rome. Assignment and Rubric available.
  • Have students create a timeline of important events
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On idea 2, I dunno about the US but in the UK just give them the pre-history text book and tell them to correct that.

My idea would be do an archaeological dig in the school playng field.
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These look doable Comet. And as all teachers never 'steal' ideas from each other, we only 'borrow' them. Thanks again.
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On idea 2, I dunno about the US but in the UK just give them the pre-history text book and tell them to correct that.

My idea would be do an archaeological dig in the school playng field.
Thanks Toltec...I forgot about that. I did an archeological dig for my kids this year. I bought sand and put them in large cardboard boxes. I then put them in groups of four where they had to dig, brush, catalog, and describe the object they found. I should also have the assignment sheet and questions available if needed.
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On the other side of the archaeological dig there's using a real area such as a public area, you can research the history and research any finds to estimate the likelyhood of finds under there. Survey it if you like (good for maths), organise a zonal field walk, arial survey (plenty of views on net), foliage survey, and if you have someone with a simple metal detector do a magnetic survey assemble and then interpret the results to guess what's under there. Check out non-intrusive archaeology for ideas.
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On the other side of the archaeological dig there's using a real area such as a public area, you can research the history and research any finds to estimate the likelyhood of finds under there. Survey it if you like (good for maths), organise a zonal field walk, arial survey (plenty of views on net), foliage survey, and if you have someone with a simple metal detector do a magnetic survey assemble and then interpret the results to guess what's under there. Check out non-intrusive archaeology for ideas.
This is a fantastic idea! I will look more into for next year...it will save me some money on the sand.
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