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Ancient Mesopotamia Activities Resource Bundle!
**NEW UPDATE 11/16/18 - 5 Reading Passages are now included in the bundle!
This bundled product contains the following 6 StudentSavvy resources!
More information on each resource:
Ancient Mesopotamia Reading Passages:
contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included. Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!
COMMON CORE ALIGNED!
Topics covered in this Reading Passages resource include:
1.) Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent
-location between the two rivers
-nomadic versus sedentary lifestyle
-what was needed for survival
-the fertile crescent today (no longer fertile)
Keywords: nomad, fertile crescent, hunter-gatherer
2.) Sumerian Life
-supplies, economy, and inventions
-building of the Ziggurats
-hierarchy and society
Keywords: ziggurat, empire, city-states, polytheistic
3.) The Code of Hammurabi
-overall description of his codes (strict, severe, cruel and unjust)
-description of how they affected society
Keywords: Theocracy, stele
-when and how it was first used
-tools and materials needed for writing
-how it changed society
Keywords: cuneiform, tablet, reed, stylus
5.) The Epic of Gilgamesh
-earliest form of literature
- description of independent stories that make a combined epic
-overview of the stories
-who is Gilgamesh? Was he a living person or a fictional character? (According to scholars, he probably was real. The legends that are in the Epic of Gilgamesh are greatly exaggerated and fictional, but a man named Gilgamesh may have existed.)
Keywords: immortality, epic, heroic
- Ancient Mesopotamia Interactive Notebook
This product contains interactive cut and paste learning material for students to create an organized social studies interactive notebook.
This resource is designed for an Ancient Mesopotamia unit. Topics covered in this unit include: Sumer, Sumerian life, city-states, ziggurats, cuneiform, Hammurabi's Code, the Epic of Gilgamesh, fertile crescent, theocracy, nomadic life, sumerian hierarchy, and more.
-Ancient Mesopotamia Interactive PowerPoint
This teaching resource is quite the virtual experience! This Ancient Civilizations PowerPoint can be used as a powerful classroom presentation or students can click their way through it on individual computers.
***This product was created with the latest version of PowerPoint (2016). The effects and transitions may not display properly on older versions. Please use the Google Slides version if students are using Chromebooks.
- Ancient Mesopotamia STEM Challenge
The STEM Challenges include:
1. Ziggurat Marble Run Challenge!
Using a list of supplies, students must design a Ziggurat structure that contains a marble run track. The goal of the stem challenge is to create a design that has the longest properly-functioning marble run track. The marble run can travel up, down, around, or inside the Ziggurat structure. The marble must be dropped at the top of the Ziggurat and after completing it’s course it must end at the bottom of the structure. After completing the projects, the students will measure their marble run with a ruler. (more instructions are given in the resource)
2. Cuneiform Coding Challenge Students must decide on symbols that represent each letter of the alphabet. They must create an answer key of their symbols that correlate with the letters A-Z. Using a sharp pencil as a stylus, students will carve their symbols into their tablet, creating a coded message. The message must be a fact about Ancient Mesopotamia and it must contain at least 5 words. When multiple groups are finished, they will give the Cuneiform tablets to each other and try to guess what the other group’s message is. (more instructions are given in the resource)
-Ancient Mesopotamia Google Classroom Student Projects
This product contains 3 digital projects that students can complete using Google Slides! This resource has a brochure project, a timeline project, and an info-graphic / poster project.
Each student-centered project has a sample project, answer key, and detailed project instructions for the students.
Info-graphic / Poster Project
Students pick a topic that they would like to research on Ancient Mesopotamia. (Ex: Ziggurats) All of the elements in the info-graphic must be organized, clearly visible, and well placed. Creativity with color and photos is a must! **More instructions found in the resource
Using a template, students design a timeline of important Ancient Mesopotamia events. Students can add images, text, and other media to their timelines.
It is up to the teacher to add or change time periods that align with school resources.
Using a template, students design a brochure that highlights important facts and topics of Ancient Mesopotamia such as: Sumerian Society, Hammurabi's Rule, Cuneiform, inventions, etc.
-Ancient Mesopotamia Assessment/Exam
This product contains an assessment that has vocabulary matching, fill in the blank, short answer, essay, and an info-graphic! It has 18 questions total.
It also contains an ANSWER KEY and an EDITABLE powerpoint file
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