Thursday, January 21, 2016

CNN Student News and the Indus Valley Civilization

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

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

CNN Student News and Current Event Mapping  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one or two news stories that you can pinpoint geographically and place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies World Map via Google Maps. 

Northwest Pakistan; Northeast United States; and Missoula, Montana were all featured in today's segment. After pinning at least one of these places on your map, consider the most important question: What happened here? You should include a title for the event, the date(s) the event took place, a brief summary of what happened, and include an appropriate photo or video.

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 Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which has also been placed in your Social Studies Google Classroom (and which you can 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 kids 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  (1.) Complete the assignments South Asia Map and the Geography of South Asia - Notetaking Study Guide, both of which are due tomorrow, Friday, January 22. (2.) Complete the assignment The Indus Valley Civilization - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which will be due next Friday, January 29