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Old 08-05-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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Any new ideas floating around out there about how to start off the year teaching the ancient Civilizations?

Last year I did the BIG/ESSENTIAL QUESTION as a basis, and have also done something I found on line called the Village Game and used that to tie back in to each of the civilizations.

I don't want to spend a lot of time making something new, as this will be my last year at the grade level and in this district. (Getting married and moving)


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Dear Mizzou fan,
I have already posted a plea for you to share your village game on another post. But, if you wouldn't mind it sounds like it would fit into my 6th grade curriculum perfectly. Thanks
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Oh, I'd like to have that too please.

I start my year with geography and then move into ancient civ.
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I found it on line, but thanks for the idea!


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I like to start with the picture book Weslandia - its about a young boy who doesn't fit in and decides to create his own civilization as a summer project.

It does a great job of showing how agriculture became the basis for civilizations, and I use it in conjunction with the GRAPES organizer that I used all year.

I blogged about it and posted a copy of the file here:
http://mrsgannon.wordpress.com/2009/...e-book-lesson/

I am now about to scour the internet looking for "the village game" - thanks for the idea!
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http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lesson...y/ANH0203.html
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Do you do China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome?

I have taught all of these and have a fun collection of ideas.

For example. for Egypt, I have the kids mummify hot dogs and create tiny sarcophogi for them!
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I also teach China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. I would love to hear about the activities that you do for each of the civilization. Any ideas would be much appreciated.
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I would love to see the activities you use in your classroom. My class will be covering ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Mesopotamia, and the Aztecs.


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Since 7th grade is the first time our kids really get social studies we start our year with a unit we call "The Who, What, When, Why, Where and How of History." It introduces many of the basic concepts they'll see all year long (I use a variation of GRAPES that I can the 5 highways). The idea, really, is to introduce history in general moreso than ancient civ.

The unit started as a simple three day intro lesson but has grown to 8 days now and I can see it getting larger as it has proven to be very effective. I haven't posted all the activities yet that we've added but the general outline of it can be found at http://mrroughton.com/whyhistory.aspx

Also, I immediately ordered Weslandia. That will definitely find it's way into the unit as I already use Dr. Seuss' "The Butter Battle Book" anyway. I hadn't heard of the former but it sure sounds perfect for what we're aiming to do.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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directions to the Village Game

My essential questions were more specific, but I had been thinking about just the who, what when et al of History for this year.

I would like to check in with you all thru out the year to share our discoveries!

I like your idea of giving extra credit when kids find history in pop culture. I point it out when I see it, and sometimes they bring their find to me. I think that is important for them to see the connection.

I am in the middle of fixing dinner, but cannot seem to step away from the computer,

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by m3g on this thread

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Mummify Hot dog?
Old 08-19-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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I would love to hear about the mummifying of the hot dogs and making the little sarcophagi---sounds fun!
Also---I've done the Village Game as well and the kids really enjoy it and learn.
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