has powerpoints, projects, and hands on activities/simulations.
You can also do an egg carton excavation or use a shoebox. Use sand and potting soil to bury items like bits of chocolate, corn, broken pottery, bits of yarn, etc. and have them grid out the box on paper, then log each item and categorize it as a team. If this sounds interesting their is a Core Knowledge unit on it.
Here are my ideas:
- Create glyphs and interpret them.
- Study the history of chocolate and try different chocolate recipes. Weave on a simple loom.
- Study the music and create flutes using drinking straws.
- Create clay animals/figures/idols/pots.
- They had pyramids and mummies.
- Construct a terraced farm with a village below it.
- Compare and contrast them to those of Egypt. My 6th graders loved studying about the different death rituals and ceremonies in those cultures.
- Children did not receive a name (usually based on the name of a grandparent) until they were 2yrs old and then got to choose a new one at age 10 (girls) and 12 (boys). Give your students new names or have them choose new names for themeselves.
- Make jewelry.
- Have a feast.
- Create an artistic timelines with pictures/drawings of key events.
- Journal about first encounters with Europeans.