Monday, January 25, 2016

The Indus Valley Civilization: Guided Reading and Videos

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

The Indus Valley Civilization: "Into" Video Civilization  Before we read about the Indus Valley Civilization, we are going to watch a short computer-generated video that I think will help you better visualize what life may have been like for people living during this time. 

The Indus Valley Civilization: Interactive Website and Cloze Reading Activity  Today you are going to have an opportunity to explore an interactive and engaging website about the Indus Valley civilization and its people. The site hosted by the BBC can be found here. As you can see by the image below the site is organized into several different categories of information. As you explore each one, I want you to take notes using the Indus Valley Civilization - Cloze Reading Activity, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. Make sure to fill in the blanks with the pertinent information. 

Below you can also find a series of images to better help you understand the geography and economy of the Indus Valley civilization and the daily lives of its people.

Like the Nile River Valley, the Indus Valley was surrounded by desert and
included a river flooded each year, bringing forth rich soil and the threat of floods.
Indus Valley cities were well organized, which must have been the result of central planning.
Indus Valley homes included a bathroom, a toilet, a sewage system, and a trash chute.
The Indus Valley economy was based on farming and trade. Traders imported and exported a variety of goods.
Little is known about the writing system of the Indus Valley civilization.
Scholars have not been able to read the symbols found on stone seals and pottery. 

Crash Course Video: The Indus Valley Civilization  Finally, let's get the Crash Course take on the Indus Valley Civilization. Watch the video carefully because it will be used tomorrow as part of an EDpuzzle assessment. 

Homework  Complete the Indus Valley Civilization - Cloze Reading Activity and  The Indus Valley Civilization - Cognitive Content Dictionary, both of which are due Friday, January 29 

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