Everything you need for an engaging COMPLETE unit on introducing Early Civilizations, the 4 River Valleys, and Cultural Hearths. 5E Model based for easy lesson planning! Just follow the reference guide and you are ready to go!
Unit includes: 6 PowerPoints presentations, 3 student handouts, 6 graphic organizers, 4 projects with rubrics,4 teacher answer keys, a unit assessment, video questions, a looping review activity and a Teacher Quick Reference Guide
1. ENGAGE: “Where would I Settle?”
Minecraft meets Social Studies! Students really enjoy this activity! Invaders have raided your student’s town and they have been forced off their land. As the leader, your student’s must analyze a map and choose a new location for their village. Will they survive and make a good selection or be invaded yet again?
2. EXPLORE: “Why don’t we live like cavemen?” Lesson
Cavemen weren’t real? We didn’t live with dinosaurs? Students have interesting ideas of what we lived like before modern times. Use this lesson to make students think about why the development of civilizations was so important. They will consider what life was like before humans lived in cities and learn about what changes occurred to create the world we lived in today. Graphic organizers, notes, videos, and class discussion provide a variety of ways to keep students engaged and avoid a long-day of lecture.
3. EXPLAIN: An Introduction to “Civilizations”
Two great visuals for your student’s interactive notebooks! This lesson introduces your class to all the ingredients necessary to make a “civilization” and then gives them a chance to play private investigator as they prove a culture could be considered a “civilization”. A graphic organizer is created by students while a PowerPoint presentation guides them through an introduction to the concept. A quick vocabulary checkup is included. Students then play P.I. and create their own visuals showing the evidence they collected. This lesson can be differentiated to different skill and knowledge levels.
4. ELABORATE-Cultural Hearths (4 River Valleys) Lesson
Lots of information combined with a fun student project! A map and graphic organizer are included for students to complete and use in their interactive notebooks. After an introduction to the Cultural Hearths, students are hired by various governments to design an advertisement convincing people to move to their early civilizations. It allows students to combine their learning from the presentation with their creativity and competitive nature.
5. EVALUATE A- Looping Activity and Final Assessment
A 20 card set for an, “I have…, Who has…” looping activity forces students to listen to all the vocabulary one last time before the assessment. It serves the purpose of a good review, but in a fun format. A 30 question assessment follows on the early civilizations unit with a variety of questioning formats. (Multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and map work)
5. EVALUATE-B Create a Civilization Project
Put your students’ creativity on show with this fun project which could be used as an alternative summative assessment. Two different versions of the project are included so you have options based on time, computer access, student ability, and differentiation needs. The first Create a Civilization project has students create a PowerPoint presentation featuring a civilization they have created. The second, more in-depth project has students create their own imaginative civilizations by creating a timeline, set of laws, concept web, and blueprint.
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