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Ancient Mesopotamia! Mesopotamia, means “Land between Two Rivers”.This area is called the cradle of civilization and is where archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest historic people(dating back around 3000BC)People called the Sumerians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Akkadians and Assyrians, all called the region of Mesopotamia home. These people left behind many ideas which we still have in our world today. This unit of study includes notes, map work, a webquest, activities and resources to help you teach your students about the people of Ancient Mesopotamia.
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1. Have students learn about Hammurabi, the important lawmaker of ancient times with this reading passage. Additional, there are several Did You Know? facts and comprehension questions. The teacher page gives additional links and the key. This could be used as a homework assignment, enrichment or as a bell ringer activity during a study on the area of Mesopotamia. Hammurabi, King of Babylon: A Reading Passage
This is the first in my new series(LET'S MEET...) of short biographies in ancient History. I will be adding new titles very soon. Look for Ramses the Great and Hatshepsut in the coming days.
2. I also have a fun review resource for Mesopotamia: Try my Ancient Mesopotamia Puzzler activity. The activity involves students working individually or in groups to review vocabulary terms on Mesopotamia. Then,a following direction activity is next where students place letters from the different terms into boxes found at the end of the activity page. Once all the boxes are filled, a "secret message" about Mesopotamia is revealed! The teacher page includes additional information to share about the "secret message". If you prefer to offer a vocabulary box, I have included this as well. Mesopotamian Puzzler(Secret Message Vocabulary Review!
Want to introduce your students to the region of the world called the Middle East? This webquest will work great. Additionally, I have included several extension activities that I think will be of value.It would be a great one day activity for before a vacation or for an enrichment activity or for a unit of study on this part of the world.Let's Explore the Middle East: A Webquest
Check out my resource on the Phoenicians! You may find this resource helpful:
5. Studying ancient Mesopotamia? Looking to share with students contributions women have made in history. Enheduanna is the FIRST known poet, some say of men and women! Enheduanna's name is also thought to be the oldest name! ehneduanna's poetry was done in the FIRST person, something not done prior to her poetry. She also did something different, she SIGNED her work! Some nickname her "The Shakespeare of Sumerian literature" ! The reading passage also includes a Did You Know? fun fact section, a map activity, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities, vocabulary words, links and keys. Reading on Enheduanna, First Known Poet of Mesopotamia
If you like this material, check out my other units including Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Middle Ages, China, India and Japan. There are also review resources for each of this units of study, too.
Key Words: Ancient Mesopotamia, Middle East. Mesopotamia, Mesopotamians