To learn about the early civilization developed by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia.
1 class period
After reading the short introductory paragraph about Mesopotamia with the class, you can go over the MATCH GAME rules.
Each row in class becomes a team during the playing of the game. Rows may need to be rearranged so that each has about the same number of people. Team members will read question 1, along with answers a, b, and c, to themselves. All three choices give correct information about life long ago in Mesopotamia. Each student must decide which choice best answers the question, and not discuss answers with teammates. They will circle either a, b, or c.
As the teacher, you will next ask the members of Team 1 to raise their hands and signify how many chose a, how many chose b, and how many chose c. Whatever answer was chosen most, the number of team members that chose it will equal the number of points Team 1 scores in the first round. The other teams will then be asked for their choices in question 1, and points will be scored accordingly. This will end round 1. Rounds 2-10 will be played in the same way.
Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.
Following the MATCH GAME, students work on a fun word puzzle that includes a series of statements containing more information about life in Mesopotamia. A key word has been omitted from each sentence. Class members try to fill in the spaces with the letters of the missing word. One or more letters in each answer have been provided as clues.
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.