This product was designed for a 6th grade classroom. In a curriculum designed to study the Ancient Civilizations of the world, this activity is geared toward making real life connections between the ancient cultures and their harvest festivals and the modern day Thanksgiving.
Students will read short passages about Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome, and the types of festivals they celebrated around the harvest. The students will then fill in the Venn Diagrams to compare the ancient festivals to one another, and compare them to modern day Thanksgiving. The students will also outline what kind of foods were eaten during those time periods.
Following that, the students will write a 5 paragraph essay comparing and contrasting.
There is an in class component that includes the students bringing in a food selection from one of the civilizations they chose, as well as harvest festival day activity that includes discussing what the people of each civilization were thankful for, and what we today are thankful for.
This is a great Thanksgiving time activity or fall activity.