Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mapping Ancient Egypt


Mapping Ancient Egypt Activity  Today you will demonstrate what you have learned about the land, important places, and geographic features in and around Ancient Egypt, by labeling a blank map of the region. In your Social Studies Google Classroom you can find the assignment Map of Ancient Egypt. Directions for how to complete the activity are included with the map. 

You may utilize various resources to help you complete the activity. The map below, featured in our Social Studies textbooks, I find particularly helpful. The British Museum's Egypt site also features various maps of Egypt here. Also, some really nice maps of Ancient Egypt can be found here.  

This mapping activity builds upon things that we have studied in class and serves as one way to demonstrate what you have learned about the geography of Ancient Egypt. Therefore, it will count towards your Social Studies assessment grade. Your Map of Ancient Egypt will be due on Friday, November 3

Ancient Egypt: The Nile River Valley (Day 2)


 Today's Focus Question  How did the Nile River affect where people settled in Ancient Egypt?


Warm Up: Adventure on the Nile River  Today you will begin your day at the British Museum's Egypt website here. Your task is to accompany an ancient Egyptian boy from a farming family as he navigates the Nile River. You will help the boy make important decisions about how and where he travels. His survival may ultimately be in your hands. Pay attention to the details of ancient Egypt's geography along the way. 

Guided Reading: The Nile River Valley  Now we will read from the textbook section "The Nile River Valley". The reading selection can be found digital form in your Social Studies Google Classroom, on pages 96-99 of your Social Studies textbooks, and at the link here

As you read, you will record key information from the section using the document The Nile River Valley - Notetaking Study Guide, which can also be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom.

Map of Ancient Egypt, featuring Lower and Upper Egypt





The kings of Upper Egypt work white crown, while the kings of Lower Egypt wore red.

Lower and Upper Egypt were often at war with each other.

According to legend, King Menes was the two kingdoms into one, in about 3100 B.C. The ruler of the combined kingdom wore a double crown of red and white, and was known as the "Lord of the Two Lands." 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ancient Egypt: The Nile River Valley



 Unit Focus Question  How did the Ancient Egyptians create a brilliant and long-lasting civilization in a desert land?


 Today's Focus Question  How did the Nile River affect where people settled in Ancient Egypt?


Video: "Nile"  To begin today, we will watch a short video about life in Ancient Egypt, with a special focus on the importance of the Nile River. 



The Nile River: Vocabulary Study  Next, we will study the key vocabulary related to the geography of Ancient Egypt, using the document The Nile River Valley - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which accompanies the Cognitive Content Dictionary (and which you can also find here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.

Map of Ancient Egypt
Egypt's Black Land and Red Land
Map of Lower Egypt and the Nile Delta
Nile River Cataract
Satellite Image of Egypt

Monday, October 23, 2017

From Mesopotamia to Egypt



Warm-Up: What Do We Know and Want to Know About Ancient Egypt?  Welcome to the beginning of our unit on Ancient Egypt. Before we jump into the content, I would like you to reflect on what you already know about Egypt and the ancient Egyptians. Additionally, what do you want to know? What do you hope to learn about as we study Ancient Egypt? Share your prior knowledge and questions on your class's Padlet wall (Period 3 and Period 5).

Ancient Egypt Webquest  Today we will be working on an Ancient Egypt Webquest, which can be found here. You will be acting as an online Egyptologist, being sent all over the Internet, to gather information about this important and supremely interesting civilization. You will record your findings using the document Ancient Egypt Webquest, which is located in your Social Studies Google Classroom. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Mesopotamia: Hammurabi and Hammurabi's Code


 Today's Focus Question  Who was Hammurabi and what was the significance of Hammurabi's Code? 


Who was Hammurabi?  According to your textbook, Hammurabi "became king of the city of Babylon around 1792 B.C. For more than 30 years, he built up his army. Then he launched a series of all-out attacks against his rivals. Within a few years he had united Sumer and northern Mesopotamia into a new Babylonian Empire." 

To learn more about Hammurabi, watch the brief video below. 



Hammurabi's Code  Why was Hammurabi's law code so historically significant? To begin to understand, watch the video below. 


Hammurabi's Code Activity  Now you will have an opportunity to examine Hammurabi's code of laws in detail at the website here. You will explore real situations that Hammurabi actually faced. You will then decide what you think to be a fair way to deal with the problem. Finally, you will discover what Hammurabi declared. You will use the document You Be the Judge: Hammurabi's Code, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mesopotamia: The Civilization of Sumer (Day 2)



The Civilization of Sumer: Guided Reading  Today we will continue to learn about the early Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer. You will read an excerpt from your Social Studies workbook entitled The Civilization of Sumer - Reading, which you can find in your Social Studies Google Classroom. You will also record key information from the selection, using the document Facts About Sumerian Society, is also located in your Social Studies Google Classroom. Read the selection in small groups or individually and record important questions and answers on the document as you go.  

Academic Business Time  Tomorrow, several important assignments are due, including The Civilization of Sumer - Cognitive Content Dictionary and the 
Mesopotamia: From Nomads to Farmers EDpuzzle activity. If need be, you may use the remainder of class time to work on completing your assignments. Otherwise, you may use this time to silent read, take AR quizzes, read Newsela articles of your choice, or practice your typing.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mesopotamia: The Civilization of Sumer



The Civilization of Sumer: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to be studying the key vocabulary related to the 'Civilization of Sumer,' using the document The Civilization of Sumer - Cognitive Content Dictionary located in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mesopotamia with EDpuzzle


Getting Started with EDpuzzle  It's time to try out an exciting online interactive video program:  EDpuzzle. Once you get there, click "Log In." Then click 'Student' and then log in with your Google account. 

EDpuzzle Video: "Mesopotamia: From Nomads to Farmers"  Today you will be watching a video and answering a series of questions about Mesopotamia. The video will stop periodically and you'll be required to answer a question before being allowed to continue. To be successful, you must pay close attention to the content of the video. If you have your own headphones, please use them. Otherwise, you must listen to your video as quietly as possible.  You can watch the video and answer the questions at your own pace. If you don't finish in class today, please finish for homework outside of class. This assignment will count towards your assessment grade. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mesopotamia: The Fertile Crescent


Introductory Video: Discover Mesopotamia with Bugs Bunny  Let Bugs Bunny take you on a one minute introductory tour of Mesopotamia, the world's very first civilization, in the video below.  


The Fertile Crescent: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to be studying the key vocabulary related to the geography of Mesopotamia, also known as the 'The Fertile Crescent,' using the assignment The Fertile Crescent - Cognitive Content Dictionary located in your Social Studies Google Classroom. We will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which can also be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom (and which you can also find here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.