Ancient Civilizations Hunter-Gatherer Mesolithic-Neolithic Mesopotamia Lessons

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Michelle McDonald
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    Do you lack resources for teaching Ancient Civilizations? This lesson and activities bundle will save you prep time and is set up in both print and digital formats for blended learning.

    This bundle includes 3 complete resources:

    • Hunter-Gatherer (Paleolithic Era)
    • Early Civilizations (Mesolithic to Neolithic Era)
    • Mesopotamia (The Cradle of Civilization)

    Each resource includes:

    • Slides Presentation (PPT & Google)
    • Interactive Notebooks Pages (Print & Digital Format)
    • Digital Drag & Drop Key Terms Activity
    • Assessment


    Your students will take a look at the nomadic lifestyle, egalitarian society, and early tools and weapons used by hunter-gatherers. As well, your students will learn about a few modern-day hunter-gatherer societies and will have an opportunity to analyze and compare their lifestyle to western society.

    • Reading Passage & Comprehension Question: Uncontacted People
    • Modern Day Hunters & Gatherers: Photo Analysis
    • 2 Video Links about the Hadza & Video Guide
    • Article Abstract about Hadza & Analyze the Text worksheet
    • Diorama (3D Model) Project (w/expectations & rubric, and example pics)


    If you are teaching Early Humans during the Stone Age, then covering the transition from Mesolithic Era to Neolithic Era is a must! This resource will help your students gain an understanding of how life transitioned from hunter-gatherers to settled farming, and then to life in the city. This resource includes both print and digital options that are great for blended or remote learning.

    Topics Include:

    • Agriculture
    • Early villages
    • Nutrition
    • Food storage
    • Job specialization
    • Pottery
    • Precious metal
    • Advances
    • Otzi the Ice Man
    • Rituals
    • Hierarchical structure


    If you are looking to cover Mesopotamia, this is a great resource to give a broad overview of this early civilization. This resource includes both print and digital options perfect for blended learning!

    Topics Covered:

    • Mesopotamia Geography
    • Fertile Crescent
    • Stratified Society
    • King Hammurabi
    • Ziggurat
    • Diet Changes
    • Disease
    • Medical Practices
    • Trade
    • Cuneiform Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Astronomy

    Interactive Notebook Pages:

    Interactive notebooks are a great way to bring note-taking to life! Perfect for kinesthetic learners, students cut, fold, and glue the interactive notebook pages to a spiral bound or composition book. Students add their own notes that pertain to the lesson.

    Digital Interactive Notebook:

    If you don't want to spend time cutting and gluing a Google Slides INB option is now included. Your students will type right onto the foldables within a digital file. Students can change text colors, add additional information, or images. Tabs are included to help students quickly jump to different pages. Digital sticky notes are included for additional note-taking.

    Key Terms:

    The cards included can be printed and added to a bulletin board, or change your printer setting and print at half size for students to add the key terms to their notebooks.

    Digital Key Terms Drag & Drop Activity:

    A digital activity set up in Google Slides. Your students will read a sentence or definition and drag and drop the correct term to the box. Great for review or as a quick warm-up.

    Thank you!

    Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

    Social Studies Education, K-12

    Elementary Education K-8

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
    Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
    Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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