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Excavating Ancient Civilizations Expedition Centers Activity

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5th - 12th, Homeschool
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36 pages
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  1. Introduce content, engage students, and review with these great interactive lesson resources for Ancient Civilizations to Middle Ages World History. Take students on Walking Tours (Gallery Walks), lead them through Archeology Digs, or just set up Centers for students to explore and investigate.These
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Ancient Civilizations Archaeology Dig Activity

Are you teaching an Ancient Civilizations course and want a fun, engaging way to get started?

Need to introduce your students to the Ancient Civilizations in a memorable way?

This activity is designed for an Ancient History class or as review for AP World History.

Students are asked to "travel" around the classroom to excavate the stories of seven ancient civilizations. Could also be easily organized as an archaeological dig activity!

Early Civilizations Included




Phoenicia & Canaan

Egypt & Kush

India (Indus River)

China (Shang Dynasty)

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Placards (to be copied front and back and laminated for prolonged use)

Worksheet for student recording of significant SPRITE facts

Critical thinking questions for follow-up at end of lesson

About this Resource

I set my room up into excavation sites with shredded paper and string. The students love this activity!

Preview shows all pages included in this activity, but is compressed for size limits so images are not as crisp as actual product!

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Also see my other Complete Ancient World and Modern World Units.

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Total Pages
36 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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