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Mesopotamia: the Fertile Crescent
Essential Question: How does where people live affect how they live?
Students have spent time understanding how geography played a major role in the lives of ancient people. We started with Mesopotamia, which literally means "between two rivers" in Greek. Through a series of scenarios, students worked in groups to problem solve, just like the Mesopotamians did thousands of years ago! They analyzed the ways in which Mesopotamians solved their problems, like food shortages, flooding rivers, and hostile neighbors.
What makes an Ancient Group of People a "Civilization"? - G.R.A.P.E.S
After tracing the rise of Sumerian city-states, students are currently focused on the world's first civilization: Sumer. Using the acronym G.R.A.P.E.S. (Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economics, and Social Structure) we will set out to answer the essential question: Was Sumer a civilization? In order to answer this, we will engage in a series of activities focusing on analyzing Sumerian artifacts and thinking like true historians.
Next up: The Invention of Writing (Cuneiform) and the Epic of GIlgamesh
- "Where Is This?" Geography Game http://spacehopper.io
- Write Like a Babylonian! See what your initials are in cuneiform http://www.penn.museum/cgi/cuneiform.cgi
- Dig for Mesopotamian artifacts! http://mesopotamia.lib.uchicago.edu/interactives/DigIntoHistory.html
- Tons of interactive sites and tools at Usborne Quicklinks http://www.usborne.com/quicklinks/eng/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?cat=1&area=H&subcat=HAE&id=1458
- The British Museum Exhibit on Mesopotamia http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/
- BBC History for Kids http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
- BrainPop http://www.brainpop.com/
- CNN Student News http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/