To study the geography, climate, and history of India from the rise of the Indus Valley civilization to the fall of the Gupta Empire.
1 class period
Begin this lesson by doing the two map exercises covering India's landforms and waterways, and its climate, with the class. If available, colored pencils work great for shading the climate map and can add to students' enjoyment.
Following the map exercises, a section entitled History of Ancient India can be assigned for homework. This includes a series of sentences arranged under the headings below that summarize the most important events in the early history of India. Students must complete the sentences by filling in the spaces with the appropriate words, names, and terms.
• Indus Valley Civilization
• Aryan Civilization
• The Rise and Fall of Empires
You can go over the answers at the beginning of the next class period.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.