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In the Beginning~ Ancient Civilizations (Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China) PBL
In the Beginning is a Project Based Learning (PBL)/ Game Based Learning (GBL) Simulation that will last about 5 weeks of teaching. It combines the standards 2.2.2-9 in the Arizona 6th Grade Social Studies Standards. It also allows for students to use 21st century skills and speaking and listening standards throughout the unit.
You will simultaneously teach Egypt, India, Mesopotamia and China by teaching the standards of development, government, religious traditions, contributions, advancements, and roles of individuals at the same time for all countries. You will then use that information to build your own civilization to try and withstand.
The entry event will allow students to naturally generate ideas about how and what they will choose, develop, or need in order to be successful when discovering and developing their own country. Have them do this before knowing about the project. Then read the project in a nutshell and have them develop a list as a class of “need to knows”, prior to starting the project.
The notes and information gathered will be written on the “key millings” which are printed on large 9x13 paper front to back. You can use the rubric to assess as you go or at the end of the entire project.
Some teachers could choose to teach the standards for the entire country before moving on to the next country, as another option, and have them create their civilization at the end based on the lessons learned.
At the end of each lesson set you can have them draw their items on their small map on their key milling before working in a group to develop their large group country (on poster size paper). They will use the drawn map or another item of your choice to create their country and place their own rivers, government, etc throughout after learning about how the other countries settled and developed.
At the end of the entire simulation they will go through “Boss levels” much like in a video game to show their final knowledge of the standards and countries studied.
The entire unit includes:
-Example lesson plan and day outline
-Project in a Nutshell to outline project for students
-example “need to know list” that you will have your own students generate
-Tests for each standard
-Modified tests for each standard
-Key millings for note taking
-Map for creation of own civilization
-Smart with questions that correlate with each standard
-Group work contract
-rubrics for presentation of group map
-rubric for individual assessment of standards
-extension activities on Code of Hammurabi and Egypt
-Boss level continued assessment of the countries studied and the standards within each