In this student-centered learning activity, kids will engage in a cooperative lesson (or two or three) about the Nile River. This lesson is meant to provide students with background knowledge before we begin our analysis of the Ancient Egyptian civilization. This will allow students to understand the geography of the Nile River Valley and how it was the root stock of a complex civilization.
This activity includes is really 3 or 4 activities in one. A Google Slide Show (or Microsoft Powerpoint) will have to be created, a mini 3-D clay map, and a student-made poster to advertise the region to an ancient family. In addition, students are expected to present their final product to an audience.
A detailed outline of the expectations of this activity is here as well as the rubric that can assess the final product.
More of these types of student-based learning activities will follow this as I transition from a traditional method of teaching to a more project-centered approach. I have found that the students enjoy the project-centered approach, and their learning is their own.