The Big Idea Activity

What is the importance of physical geography to any civilization?

A Presentation and a Class Poll

  California Standard 6.2  Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.

Students working on the Activity

Teaching Tips

Students will do a presentation on the role of geography in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and/or Africa. Sources for additional information on these regions include:

Additional Links

Egypt

A good collection of ideas and activities on ancient Egypt:

Teacher's Guide to "Mysteries of Egypt"

Geography and timeline information on Mesopotamia.

Lesson plans on Mesopotamia.

Africa

This Web site has extensive background information:

Ancient Africa


Hammurabi

  California Standard 6.2.4  Know the significance of Hammurabi's Code.

Code of Hammurabi

Teaching Tips

Incorporate ancient writing on clay tablets with the study of the Code of Hammurabi. Students can research cuneiform text or make up their own with a key to the meanings.

Additional Links

Lesson plan about Hammurabi and his Code. Includes many suggestions for learners of varied abilities:

Hammurabi


Hatshepsut

  California Standard 6.2.7  Understand the significance of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great.

Egyptian Mask

Teaching Tips


Additional Links

Although this Web site targets high school teachers, it has a lot of useful ideas and a good list of resources:

Hatshepsut

 

A Young Person's Life in Ancient Egypt

  California Standard 6.2  Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.

Egyptian Carving

Teaching Tips

Explore daily life and customs in Ancient Egypt.

Additional Links

Children and the Family in Ancient Egypt