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Unit 2 River Valley Civilizations
Chapter 3 Early Civilizations: Sumer and Mesopotamia
3500 B.C. - 1700 B.C.



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Day 1         
Topic  3-1 The Rise of Sumer
Objective
Label a map of Mesopotamia 3500 BC  -  1700 BC
State Goals
16.A.3b  Make inferences about historical events and eras using historical maps and other historical sources.
17.A.1a  Identify physical characteristics of places, both local and global (e.g., locations, roads, bodies of water).
Classwork-Homework
Mesopotamia: First Civilization on Earth  9:35
NOMADS TO FARMERS
Nomads to Farmers part 1  1:14
Nomads to Farmers part 2  1:08

Nomads to Farmers part 3  1:06
Nomads to Farmers part 4   :38
Nomads to Farmers part 5  :58
Nomads to Farmers part 6   :22
Nomads to Farmers part 7  2:04
Nomads to Farmers part 8  1:35
Nomads to Farmers part 9  1:08
Nomads to Farmers part 10  2:13
Nomads to Farmers part 11  5:28
Nomads to Farmers part 12  3:39
Nomads to Farmers part 13  3:13


Note02.gif (247 bytes) Note Taking Page for Mesopotamia 

IconMap.bmp (3402 bytes) Map Mesopotamia  Use   Map Assignment Directions
Resources
Pencil.gif (434 bytes)
IconMap.bmp (3402 bytes) Map of Mesopotamia with Fertile Crescent  page 10
Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Current Events Project
atlas.gif (1202 bytes) Map of Mesopotamia
atlas.gif (1202 bytes) Map of Ancient Mesopotamia
atlas.gif (1202 bytes) Map of Mesopotamia

 

Day 2        
Topic  3-1 The Rise of Sumer
Objective
Label a map of Mesopotamia 3500 BC  -  1700 BC
State Goals
16.A.3b  Make inferences about historical events and eras using historical maps and other historical sources.
17.A.1a Identify physical characteristics of places, both local and global (e.g., locations, roads, bodies of water).
Classwork-Homework
Ancient Mesopotamia  9:35
The Land of Eden: the Mesopotamian Background  7:14

IconMap.bmp (3402 bytes) Atlas of World History

readme.gif (1442 bytes) Atlas of World History pp. 10-11
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Civilization in Ancient Mesopotamia 6a & 6b

 

Resources

 

Day 3        
Topic Mesopotamia   
Objective
View scenes of Ancient Mesopotamia
State Goals
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes)
Terms to Learn
Sumerians
:  built the first great civilization in Mesopotamia.
Mesopotamia: ancient region located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers

MESOPTAMIA: CIVILISATIONS
Mesopotamia: Civilisations Part 1/6  9:57
Mesopotamia: Civilisations Part 2/6  9:59
Mesopotamia: Civilisations Part 3/6  9:55
Mesopotamia: Civilisations Part 4/6  9:57
Mesopotamia: Civilisations Part 5/6  9:57
Mesopotamia: Civilisations Part 6/6  1:13


Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Safari Montage Ancient Civilizations for Children: Ancient Mesopotamia

Resources

 

Day 4     
Topic    3-1 The Rise of Sumer
Objective
Describe the rise of Sumer and the development of city-states.
State Goals
16.B.2a (W)  Describe the historical development of monarchies, oligarchies, and city-states in ancient civilizations.
Classwork-Homework
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Terms to Learn
Artisans:
Skilled workers
Ziggurat:
temple at the center of a city-state
Cuneiform:
Sumerian writing, Stylus in clay
Scribe: Writer
Priest-Kings:
priest that was also a king of a city-state

MESOPOTAMIAN TRADE ROUTES
Mesopotamian Trade Routes  1/3  3:49

Mesopotamian Trade Routes  2/3  3:49
Mesopotamian Trade Routes  3/3  2:58

Ziggurat of Ur  2:11

Computer.bmp (3254 bytes) Early Mesopotamian Civilizations

readme.gif (802 bytes) Section 1 The Rise of Sumer pp. 55-59
City-States
Religious and Family Life
Priests and Kings


Note02.gif (247 bytes) City of Ur and Sumerians

readme.gif (802 bytes) Mr Dowling's Study Sheet on Mesopotamia

Resources

 

Day 5     
Topic    Sumerian Culture
Objective
Identify the different aspects that create a civilizations culture.
search for information on the Sumerian civilization.
State Goals
16.E.3a (W) Describe how the people of the Huang He, Tigris-Euphrates, Nile and Indus River valleys shaped their environments during the agricultural revolution, 4000 - 1000 BCE.
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes)
Culture: A Way of Life

Language Religion
Education Crops
Schools Inventions
Houses People
Jobs  

Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes) Civilization

Surplus Food
Division of labor
Organized government
Organized religion
Class system
Written language
System of laws
Education for the young
Public works
Technology
Art


Babylon: The Jewel of the Semites  3:40
Royal Cemetery of Ur  4:28
Royal Tombs of Ur  7:01
Brirish Museum Highlights  2:51  Standard of Ur

Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Sumer Graphic Organizer Use pages 3-1 pp.55-59

Resources
crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Ancient Sumer Coloring Sheet put on back of Sumer Organizer
Note02.gif (247 bytes) Jobs in Mesopotamia
Note02.gif (247 bytes) Standard of Ur
Note02.gif (247 bytes)  Battle Scene

Note02.gif (247 bytes)  Standard of Ur blackline  (will not print)  put on screen
Note02.gif (247 bytes) Wall painting showing jobs in Mesopotamia

 

Day 6        
Topic Mesopotamia Internet Scavenger Hunt     
Objective
Record information about Mesopotamia
State Goals
16.E.3a (W) Describe how the people of the Huang He, Tigris-Euphrates, Nile and Indus River valleys shaped their environments during the agricultural revolution, 4000 - 1000 BCE.
Classwork-Homework
Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Mesopotamia Scavenger Hunt
Resources
star.gif (2279 bytes)Mesopotamian and Modern Education Comparison: Venn Diagram

 

Day 7        
Topic  3-1 Cuneiform Numbers  
Objective
View numbers 1-60 in cuneiform.
Write cuneiform numbers using a combination of just two signs.
State Goals
16.C.2b (W)  Describe the basic economic systems of the world's great civilizations including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Aegean/Mediterranean and Asian civilizations, 1000 BCE - 500 CE.
Classwork-Homework
Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes) Write the first 10 cuneiform numbers.
       
Note02.gif (247 bytes)   Cuneiform Numbers 1-60

Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Cuneiform Numbers Worksheet #1
        Click Worksheet at above site
Resources

 

Day 8        
Topic  3-1 Cuneiform Writing  
Objective
Tu see the evolution of cuneiform writing.
To write their initials in Babylonian markings.
State Goals
16.C.1b (W)  Explain how trade among people brought an exchange of ideas, technology and language.
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
MESOPOTAMIA: DEVELOPMENT OF WRITING
Mesopotamia: Development of Writing Part 1/3   2:11
Mesopotamia: Development of Writing Part 2/3  2:06
Mesopotamia: Development of Writing Part 3/3  6:47

How to Write in Cuneiform  5:04

Note02.gif (247 bytes) Evolution from Token to Cuneiform Writing

 Note02.gif (247 bytes)  Development of Writing Symbols and dates

 crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Write Your Name Like A Babylonian

Resources

 

Day 9    
Topic    3-1 Sumer
Objective
Identify the role religion played in the everyday lives of ordinary Mesopotamians.
Recognize that Mesopotamian religion stressed ritual for the here and now as opposed to any concern for the after life.
Introduce some of the different Sumerian Gods.
Realize that Mesopotamia was polytheistic.
State Goals
16.C.2a (W)  Describe the economic consequences of the first agricultural revolution, 4000 BCE - 1000 BCE.
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes)
Sumerian Gods
 
god AN and the goddess KI parents of ENLIL
ENLIL the air god; considered the most powerful god
PAZUZU wind demon; king of the evil
UTU sun god
NINHURSAG Mother Earth and was the source of life
ENKI lord of wisdom
INANNA goddess of love and war

Sin Sumerian God of the Moon  2:56
The Great Flood - Sumerian Version  4:49

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Religion in Mesopotamia


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Sumerian Art Project

  1.  Hand out Pictures of Gods and Goddesses  to kids to choose god.
  2. Click on god picture for cuneiform name and info. Print out for kids.
  3. Draw picture and color
  4. Include Name, Cuneiform Name, and What it is the god of.
   * Kids can print out picture in color at home to use.     

Resources
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Fun Page The A-Maze-ing Ziggurat  page 12
Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Flood Stories from Around the World  Sumerian and Babylonian stories

 

Day 10      
Topic 3-2 Sargon I and Hammurabi
Objective
Discuss the effects of conquest on the development of Mesopotamia.
State Goals
16.A.3b  Make inferences about historical events and eras using historical maps and other historical sources.
16.C.2a (W)  Describe the economic consequences of the first agricultural revolution, 4000 BCE - 1000 BCE.
17.A.1a Identify physical characteristics of places, both local and global (e.g., locations, roads, bodies of water).
Classwork-Homework
Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes)
Terms to Learn
Empire:
group of states under one ruler
Culture: way of life
Reform:  improvement
Reign: period of power
Surplus: extra

Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes) People to Know
Sargon I: ruler Akkad about 2300 BC
Hammurabi: King of Babylon who conquered Akkad and Sumer about 1800 BC

Akkadian Empire Part 1  7:04
Sargon the Great  4:46

readme.gif (802 bytes) Section 2 Later Mesopotamian Empires pp. 61-62 
Sargon I
Hammurabi

atlas.gif (1202 bytes) Atlas of World History

readme.gif (1442 bytes) Atlas of World History pp. 12-13
 Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Babylonia and Assyria 7a only

 

Resources
Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Babylonian Graphic Organizer
crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Coloring Page Winged Bull  Put on back for extra credit

 

Day 11      
Topic 3-2 Hammurabi and his Law Code
Objective
Introduce the empires of Mesopotamia.
State Goals
16.C.2a (W)  Describe the economic consequences of the first agricultural revolution, 4000 BCE - 1000 BCE.
16.B.2a (W)  Describe the historical development of monarchies, oligarchies, and city-states in ancient civilizations.
Classwork-Homework
Amorites Part 1  6:00
The Old Babylonian Empire  7:28
Hammurabi's Code of Laws  3:32

Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Law Code
Displayed on a block of stone called a Stela, 8 feet high,
Everyone could see them.
Person innocent until proven guilty.
Punished if guilty.
Punishments were fines to death.

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes)
Examining a Law  
Choose 5 laws from A Selection From the Code of Hammurabi
Read the laws and answer the questions.

Note02.gif (247 bytes) Hammurabi's Code of Laws
Resources
Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Hammurabi Situation Index
Note02.gif (247 bytes)Teacher's Tips: Hammurabi's Law Code
Note02.gif (247 bytes) Hammurabi and his Law Code   Short play for the classroom

star.gif (2279 bytes) Code of Laws 282 of Hammurabi's laws 
Choose one and write in common language.

 

Day 12     
Topic 3-3 Contributions   
Objective
List the contributions of Mesopotamia, Sumer, and Babylon.                         
State Goals
16.C.2a (W)  Describe the economic consequences of the first agricultural revolution, 4000 BCE - 1000 BCE.
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
Babylon: Jewel of the Semites  3:40

Chalkboard.gif (3590 bytes)
Contributions
: use   readme.gif (802 bytes) Section 3 Contributions pp. 63-64


            Sumer              

Mesopotamia

Oldest written records 12-Month calendar based on cycles of Moon
1st to write laws down Number system based on 60
Sumerian cuneiform 60-minute hour
Wheel 60-second minute
Plow 360-degree circle
Sailboat water drops clock
1st Civilization  

 
Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Babylonian, Contributions Chart     

Resources

 

Day 13        
Topic    Archaeology
Objective
Locate dates and numbers of events and inventions in Mesopotamia. 
State Goals
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Mesopotamia by the Numbers
Resources

 

Day 14
Topic    Mesopotamia Foldable Book
Objective 
Create a foldable book of information.
Use graphic organize to display information of Mesopotamia.
Review for test.
State Goals
16.C.2a (W)  Describe the economic consequences of the first agricultural revolution, 4000 BCE - 1000 BCE.
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Use 3 sheets of paper and show kids how to make a foldable book.
       
Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Label Each tab for the Graphic organizers.

                            
MESOPOTAMIA
                                            by: Name  

ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF SUMER p.59
KEY EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF HAMMURABI p.63
THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION p.64
NEWSPAPER HEADLINES p.65
CUNEIFORM: NAMES AND NUMBERS from assignments

          Instead of Cuneiform on the last tab you may substitute a time line.

Resources

 

Day 15        
Topic Test on Mesopotamia, Sumer, and Babylon   
Objective
To evaluate knowledge
State Goals
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
braininjar.gif (1615 bytes) Test over Mesopotamia  Chapter 2 Glencoe

 braininjar.gif (1615 bytes) Blank Mesopotamia Map     Labeled Map
Resources

 

Day   Computer Lab    
Topic Virtual Field Trips
Objective 
Explore different sites about Mesopotamia.
State Goals
18.A.3a  Explain how language, literature, and the arts, architecture, and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
Classwork-Homework
GO HERE FIRST SchoolBus5.bmp (1581 bytes)Indus Valley 
Join this adventure to a faraway place. 

Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Development of Writing    Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Bowling for Barley

 SchoolBus5.bmp (1581 bytes) Story of Ziggurats  
Read the story, explore or take the Ziggurat Challenge

 SchoolBus5.bmp (1581 bytes)Royal Tombs of UR
Read the story, explore a tomb, or play the Royal Game of UR.

 SchoolBus5.bmp (1581 bytes)God, Goddesses, Demons, and Monsters
Read about the gods.
Compare the gods and help the gods get home.

SchoolBus5.bmp (1581 bytes) Treasures From the Tombs of UR  Tour the museum!

 SchoolBus5.bmp (1581 bytes) Trade and Transport 
Join a merchant, transport goods, and learn to trade.

Resources

 

Day        
Topic    
Objective 
State Goals
Classwork /Homework
Resources

 

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Assignments    crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Art Activity    BookOpen.bmp (16686 bytes) Lesson Plan      braininjar.gif (1615 bytes) Tests    IconMap.bmp (3402 bytes) Maps     Note02.gif (247 bytes) Resources     Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Web Sites    
SchoolBus5.bmp (6174 bytes) OnLine Field Trips    Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Computer      bookpages.gif (1592 bytes) Book      Dice.bmp (3974 bytes) Game    star.gif (2279 bytes)Extra Credit

ARCHAEOLOGY
 SchoolBus5.bmp (6174 bytes) Indiana Jones Meets Reality Adventure Into Archaeology
BABYLON
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Far Reaching Trade       openbook.gif (325 bytes) Trade and Transport     Trade in Babylon
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) History of Plumbing
CIVILIZATION
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Civilization Chart
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Timelines of Ancient Civilizations
 BookOpen.bmp (16686 bytes) Early River Civilizations Layered Curriculum
3 pages of projects worth varying points 
If link doesn't work, here's the back door.  Click World History.
Click on Early River Civilizations Layered Curriculum.
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Early Civilizations chart showing A Timetable of the Emergence of the First Civilizations
CUNEIFORM
 Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Cuneiform Tablet Picture
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Development of Writing
FLOOD STORIES
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Myths of the Flood
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Ballard & the Black Sea: Search for Noah's Flood  7000 years ago. Mediterranean Sea floods with ice-age run off.  Fills Black Sea with salt water. Black Sea rises 6" a day.  Creates flood myths over the world. 
HAMMURABI
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) You Be the Judge: Hammurabi's Code
LITERATURE
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Proverbs from Sumer
MAP
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Mesopotamian Map
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Natural Resources Map of Mesopotamia
MESOPOTAMIA
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Accessing Women's Lives in Mesopotamia  Read the following excerpts gleaned from Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets and artifacts. Then find the sentence, phrase or idea that shows information about women's lives.
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Ancient Mesopotamia Short article and 5 questions
 Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Ancient Mesopotamia Jeopardy
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Mesopotamia: Cause and Effect 2 pages
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Mesopotamian Gender Roles Venn Diagram
 braininjar.gif (1615 bytes) Test Mesopotamia
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Ancient Mesopotamia  Geography, Religion, Clothing, Trade & Commerce, Achievements.   Activities for each topic.
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Ancient Mesopotamia Teacher Resource File
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Map of Mesopotamia
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Mesopotamia
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Mesopotamian Timeline
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Note Taking Page for Mesopotamia
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Architectural Marvels of Ancient Mesopotamia
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia
NIPPUR
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Learning From an Ancient Nippur Map     Note02.gif (247 bytes) Nippur Map
RELIGION
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Sumerian Gods and Goddesses
SARGON
 Note02.gif (247 bytes)Biography of King Sargon of Akkad
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Legend of Sargon 2300 B.C.   30 lines
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Sargon the Great   SARGON OF AKKAD was an ancient Mesopotamian ruler who  reigned approximately 2334-2279 BC, and was one of the earliest of the world's great empire builders, conquering all of southern Mesopotamia as well as parts of Syria, Anatolia, and Elam (western Iran).
STANDARD OF UR
 Computer.gif (1114 bytes)  Standard of Ur Detail   man with fish
 Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Standard of Ur Peace Panel
 Computer.gif (1114 bytes)  Standard of Ur War Panel
SUMER
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Notes on Sumer Information from Development of humans to end of Hammurabi
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Early Sumerian Warfare   Good pictures.
TIMELINE
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) TimeLine Mesopotamia  Labels
UR
 SchoolBus5.bmp (6174 bytes) Explore the Land of Ur  Clickable map, Time line, and the diagram of wealthy Sumerian's house.
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Royal Tombs of Ur
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Treasures From the Tombs of UR
ZIGGURATS
 camera.GIF (174 bytes) Ekur, the Ziggurat of Enlil at Nippur
 SchoolBus5.bmp (1581 bytes) Explore the Ziggurat
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) The Ziggurats
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Ziggurat Story
 crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Build a Ziggurat
EXTRA CREDIT
 star.gif (2279 bytes) 3-D ZIGGURATS. In cooperative groups, students create ziggurat replicas using either sugar cubes, milk cartons, or styrofoam.
 star.gif (2279 bytes) CARVED CUNEIFORM IN CLAY. After presenting a cuneiform lesson and providing a cuneiform reference sheet, the student creates a clay tablet with cuneiform inscriptions that must be decipherable.C
 star.gif (2279 bytes) CITY-STATE CREATION. Using posterboard and colored pencils, the student designs a Sumerian city-state based on the description in the textbook. Items that should be on the map include: a title, compass rose, scale of miles, legend, a ziggurat, city wall, farmland, irrigation system, narrow winding streets, government buildings, courtyards, and homes of the different social classes.
 star.gif (2279 bytes) Code of Laws 282 of Hammurabi's laws  Choose one and write in common language.
 star.gif (2279 bytes)Mesopotamian and Modern Education Comparison: Venn Diagram
 star.gif (2279 bytes) Mesopotamian Gender Roles Venn Diagram
 star.gif (2279 bytes) NEWSPAPER CREATION. The student will have to design a front page of a modern-day newspaper using ancient Mesopotamian content. Items that should be on the front page include a mast, a date line, a  byline, a wire service, a cut,a cutline, and two articles relating to ancient Mesopotamia.
 star.gif (2279 bytes) WEBPAGE CREATION. The student creates a webpage of ancient Mesopotamia to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the area. After all, that is the objective of the course in which I created this webpage.

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