Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Surveys and the Indus Valley Civilization

One of the few surviving artifacts depicting what people of the Indus Valley looked like.

7th Grade Social Studies Surveys  Before we begin our lesson on the civilization of the Indus Valley today, we will first participate in a pair of surveys created by students in Ms. Rainey's 7th grade Social Studies class. You can find a link to the student-designed activities on Ms. Rainey's Blog here

 Today's Focus Question  How did people live in the first Indus Valley civilization?

The Indus Valley Civilization: Vocabulary Study  Today we will begin learning about the Indus Valley civilization of ancient India by studying some of the key vocabulary related to this remarkable civilization, using the document The Indus Valley Civilization - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies folders. We will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which has been placed in your Social Studies folders (and which you can also find here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts. Some images have also been posted below to help you conceptualize these new terms.
Young children rely on their parents. 
The organization of Indus Valley cities is clear evidence of central planning.
Food surpluses were stored in the granary
We import a lot of goods from China.
U.S. exports are being shipped to foreign nations. 
Buildings can collapse.
Civilizations can collapse too.

Homework Complete the assignment The Indus Valley Civilization - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which will be due on Friday, December 12