Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies, oh my! We have begun our unit on Ancient Egypt. This is Chapter 4 in the World History textbook (pgs 82-115). The classes are currently listening/reading a non-fiction book called Mummies, Tombs and Treasure by Lila Perl. It is an older book, but very good information. The students are completing a packet of comprehension questions every day as we read the chapter, and we are going over it together in class. The students are also working on a map of Egypt...maps that may be helpful for that assignment are on pgs 87, 98, and 108. The map assignment is available online at the Classwork webpage. To the right are some helpful websites that kids can visit for more information.

Our assessment for this unit (which we will begin next week and work on for 2- 2 1/2 weeks) will be a book on Ancient Egypt compiled by the students. We will do most of the work in class, but there may be some "crafty" things that get done at home. Instructions will be handed out next week.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mesopotamia Unit

Ancient Sumerians invented the first writing system, the first irrigation system, and the wheel. Hammurabi had his laws carved in stone. The Babylonians also created the Hanging Gardens. Phoenician traders/sailors created the first alphabet and traveled all around the Mediterranean.

How did the geography of the Fertile Crescent affect civilization in that region? How do the achievements and inventions of Mesopotamia affect us today? How was the government of Sumeria developed? What role did the gods play in Sumerian life? See the links to the right for more information online...

Our test for Mesopotamia will be on Thursday, 10/15.