Ancient History Lesson
Some ours, some sent to us!
Archaeology Lesson Plans
Mixed Up Pots: Decorate five or six
old clay flower pots with paint or magic markets. Put all the pots in a brown
paper bag, and gently hit the pots with a hammer. Shake the bag. Remove half
the pieces. Using glue, try to put together the pieces into something
that "seems" to make sense. Submitted by: Barbara D Martin, California,
Mystery Object: Place a "mystery"
object inside a shoebox. Secure the lid. Have your kids work
in small groups. Create as many shoeboxes as you have groups. Have
the kids try to figure out what's inside without opening the shoe box, just
as archaeologists have to do when they find a new mummy! Submitted
by: Barbara D Martin, California, USA
"Motel of Mysteries": This assignment
is based on the book "Motel of Mysteries", which is an hilarious look at
completely wrong interpretations of things found in a modern hotel by
archaeologists in the future. After reading about 5 pages of the book to
my kids, I have them all draw an everyday object of their own, then write
a wrong interpretation of it. Makes a great bulletin board, and kids
get a good idea of how things can be interpreted incorrectly! Submitted
by: Barbara D Martin, California, USA
Archaeology for Kids
Early Humans Lesson Plans
Cave Painting for the Classroom:
Preparation: Day before this class activity. Tell the students if they
have a small flashlight they can bring it in.
Have the students wad up a paper bag and tape it to the bottom of their
desk. (Wadding the bag will give the surface a rough feel, like a cave wall.)
Darken the room. Have the students crawl under table and chairs to their
desks. Then have them draw on the paper bags (by flashlight) local animals.
Some will forget to bring a light, or their flashlight will be too bright.
Those students must work by feel in the dark.
Submitted by: Lin Donn
Daily Life: Have each student write their own
story about a day in Homo Erectus or Cro-Magnon prehistoric times. Their
story must be at least 3 paragraphs long. They will write as if they were
telling about their own life over the course of one day. They can work alone
or in small groups. When working in groups, each student must turn in their
own original work, but students stories must mesh and intertwine. When working
in groups, students are encouraged to know each in prehistoric times. The Life &
Times of Early Man.
Early Humans: Individual Projects: Submitted by:
Barbara D Martin, California, USA
During our study of early man, you will be required
to complete 3 of the following 10 projects. You will be evaluated on neatness,
completeness, and whether you worked at doing your personal best.
Make a diagram or model of a Neanderthal or
Cro-Magnon dwelling or community.
Draw a detailed map showing the location where
bones or remnants of early men have been found.
Do some research on arthritis, a disease found
in the bones of some early men, and also present today. What is it? What
causes it? Why do you think it might have developed in some early men? If
you can, interview someone you know who has it. How has it affected their
lives? How might it have affected the life of early man?
Do research on glaciers and the ice ages. What
are glaciers? What causes them? What caused the ice ages?
Write a mini report on Lucy, including drawings
on who, what, when, where, why and how.
Write the definitions for all of the following
terms. band, hunter-gatherer, glacier, technology, agriculture, civilization,
domesticate, environment, famine, irrigation, self-sufficient, shrine,
Draw a picture chart showing various elements
of a city.
Pretend you have traveled back in time approximately
35,000 years. Write a letter to a family member or friend who lives today.
Describe to this person what kind of experiences you are having. Be as factual
as possible, but be creative and use good descriptive words, including sounds,
sights, smells, etc.
Make a coil clay pot.
Write a short report on how fires were made and
controlled by early man. Illustrations are required for this.
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Ancient Mesopotamia, Sumer, Babylon
Hammurabi's Code: Before there was a Supreme Court.. there was
Open the Lesson: Open the lesson with something
like this: "Let's say you are a carpenter and the house you build
accidentally falls down and crushes its owner. What happens to you?
According to the code of Hammurabi, DEATH of course!
Make copies of this list of laws as a handout for
classroom use. On the other side of this handout, create a couple of
crimes, for classroom discussion. Direct the kids to: "Read the
crimes and see if you are fit to be a judge under Hammurabi's
code." Give them a minute to read the crimes and to try and find
the punishment from the list of laws on the other side of handout.
Brief classroom discussion. Then..
Divide the kids into groups. Have them each
create 1 or 2 "crimes." Have each group ask the rest of the
class to fit a punishment to the crime in Hammurabi's time. Discussion
after each group presents, and the class determines what Hammurabi
might give as punishment could include: "Does this seem a fitting
punishment? What might be the punishment today? Are we too easy on
criminals, today? Was crime reduced during Hammurabi's rule?"
Here are some others ideas online, to teach
You are a scribe, hired to write a script for a
scenic tour guide in old BC Babylon Unless otherwise stated, you may
use the ideas included below, or you may choose to create your own
place names and activities. Your paper must include five paragraphs as
Paragraph One: Write an
opening welcome. Thank your group for coming.
Paragraph Two: Write a brief
description of one scenic site, stop, or adventure. (Here are some
ideas: The Cafe Ur, Atop the Ziggurat, Marduk's Processional Way
Paragraph Three: Write a brief
description of a second scenic site, stop or adventure. (Here are
some ideas: The Dangerous Sport of Euphrates River Rafting or the
Green and Glowing Hanging Gardens (a living love story.)
Paragraph Four: Write one touring tip,
such as: Mention this tour for special discounted prices on
scented oils at The Babel Basin; the Ishtar Lost & Found
Office is located at The Gate. You may not use these
touring tips. You must create your own.
Paragraph Five: Write a closing
good-bye. Thank your tour group for coming. Be sure and mention
what a pleasure it was to meet them. Be polite!
How I found my way back from ..... After
the kids do the above assignment, choose a list of interesting places
in ancient Babylon from those created by your class. Make sure
everyone is represented. Using this list, assign the kids a creative
assignment . Your mission: Separated from your tour group, you find
yourself LOST in BABYLON! Communicate your ancient
Babylonian adventure, and how you found your way back to the group
from one or more of the places on this list. You may write, map or
picture board your adventure.
Welcome to our City! Create a welcome pamphlet - what
to see, where to go, what to do, customs, manners, exciting events.
This can set the stage for all other cultures, by comparison.
"Vacation in the Ancient World" After Mesopotamia,
I have the kids research 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
and make a postcard for each one. The front has to be a color picture,
the back has to be addressed to a friend and a letter has to be
written that includes info like: when was it built, by who, what's is
purpose, how/when destroyed (except the Pyramid!), and at least 2
other interesting facts. The letter has to sound like vacation
greetings, not a report. Just thought I'd share that one with you...
The finished postcards make a terrific bulletin board! :-) Suggested
by Kev and The
Making Cuneiform Tablets: Pick up some
Sculpy from an arts and crafts store, and a wooden stylus. Separate
the clay into roughly 6" X 6" tablets. Flatten the clay out.
Use cuneiform (real symbols, but make up what means) and use a stylus
to write messages in cuneiform.. Three tablets had the message
"Gilgamesh was a great king whose mother was a god. He climbed
many mountains". The second said "Sargon was a great and
powerful king. He created the first empire in the land between 2
rivers". I placed them in my oven at 275 for 30-45 minutes. I
then wrote three sources for each translation. In the lesson, I split
the class into 6 groups. I used the previous chapter on Egypt to lead
them into this lesson. I reminded them about the story of the Rosetta
Stone. I also reminded them that England and France raced to translate
the stone first. They were in a similar position because 2 other
groups had the same tablets, it would be a great honor to beat them!
This motivated the students even more. The rest of the lesson was
generally the same as it was written.
Two days later I was able
to make small 3" X 3" tablets for each of my students. Each
received a Popsicle stick for their stylus. They were allowed to use
any cuneiform characters they could find; in their textbook, on the
worksheets from the earlier lesson, or the characters I placed on the
overhead that was shown on a screen in the room. I told them it really
did not matter what was said on their tablets, it didn't even have to
make sense. What was really important was that they tried to write the
way the ancient Sumerians did. After everyone was finished, we
discussed what they thought about writing in clay. After school I
brought the tablets in the cooking room and placed them in ovens for
about 45 minutes. They are now on display in my classroom. When we
finish the chapter next Wednesday, I am going to store them. In May,
our school has a curriculum fair. I plan to display their work. It's
definitely something that the school has not seen before! I love these
lessons! The kids really get into it and it makes history
"real" to them. It's something they can see and touch and
experience. Submitted by Rocco Celentano; New Jersey; USA
Making Sumerian Cylinder Seals: To
make Sumerian cylinder seals-- first, squeeze clay through a 1
1/4" piece of PVC, one foot long -- use a 1" wood dowel
to force it out. Use the type of clay that hardens (natural clay is
FREE!) so it won't crush when you roll it out. (Sort of like a Play-Doh
Fun Factory!) Slice it into 2" segments with nylon fishing line.
After it hardens, have the kids use bamboo shiskabob sticks, cut with
scissors to make them pointy (as a stylus!) to carve whatever they
think would make a good seal for themselves. Make some
flour/salt/cream of tartar Play-Doh like stuff, and have the kids roll
them out. Submitted by: The
Donn's Mesopotamia Unit
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Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans
New Deities: Ask the class
to come up with a list of some of the animals that live in your state.
Record them on the chalkboard. Then have the kids create new gods and
goddesses using the heads of your local animals. Brainstorm a list of
topics that their deities can "stand for," such as
friendship, schools, fun, etc. Challenge them to make their animal
choices match the attribute they represent: for example, an owl-headed
god of schools (wise as an owl), a dog-headed god of friendship
("man's best friend"), a bee-headed god of work (busy as a
Unification of Upper and
Lower Egypt: Explain how Narmer unified Egypt in 3100 BC,
and that the double crown was created by combining the white crown of
Upper Egypt with the red crown of Lower Egypt. Then, have the children
create new symbols for a modern unification by combining the logos of
competitors. To get them thinking, ask what the logo could be if Coke
and Pepsi were united. Or MCI and AT&T, or Apple and Microsoft, or
the USA and Canada, etc. Have magazines available for kids to
reference corporate logos and an encyclopedia for flags of countries. Submitted
by: Kevin Fleury; New Hampshire; USA
Ancient Egyptian Fairy
Tales: Have the students rewrite their favorite fairy tale...Change
the setting, and items to ancient Egyptian times. Instead of Snow
White and the Seven Dwarves...I got a tale called, "Nefertiti and
the Seven Tomb Robbers." There are some great tales to be
changed, rewritten, and illustrated. Students learn many concepts from
this unit. Submitted by: Jeanie Saiger; Grand Forks,
North Dakota; USA
Ancient Egyptian Alphabet
Book: Have slips of paper ready in a bucket for each student to draw.
Include letters A-Z, Cover, Back Cover, and Table of Contents. Allow 2
minutes to trade with other peers for desirable letters. Remind
students not to be taken advantage like a Nubian and get stuck with
the letters X and Z. Have plenty of resources available for students
to write a short, informative paragraph about their letter. Title each
page ("A is for Anubis") etc. Use hole punched paper.
Have them use the top half of their page to illustrate their alphabet
letter. When letters are completed, combine, and place "Ancient
Egyptian Alphabet Book" in the library for other students to use.
Submitted by: Jeanie Saiger; Grand Forks, North Dakota;
Ancient Egypt Daily Life:
Have each student write their own story about a day in Ancient
Egypt. Their story must be at least 5 paragraphs long. They will write
as if they were telling about their own life in Egypt over the course
of one day. They can not be the pharaoh, a king or queen, or a god.
They can be a priest, worker, soldier, merchant, slave, or visitor.
They can work alone or in small groups. When working in groups, each
student must turn in their own original work, but students stories
must mesh and intertwine. When working in groups, students
are encouraged to know each in ancient times. Information on ancient
Egypt daily life may be found here: Daily
Life Ancient Egypt.
Barter: Have a mock bazaar
by getting a 5 lb candy bag, and pass it out (give some kids more than
others... "Gee, this was a bad year for our Peanut Butter Cup
crops!" Throw in other items to barter, such as pencils,
stickers. The Egyptians ranked the value of their wares according to
the "deben," a standard sized piece of copper. A goat may
have been worth 1 deben, and a bed 2.5 deben. A reasonable trade would
be 2 or 3 goats for one bed. Prepare for the activity by assigning
each item a deben value. Cherry lollipops might be 6 deben, small
lemon flavored candies 1 deben. Have each child take inventory prior
to trading to calculate the total value of their starting worth. Let
them trade. Have the kids recalculate. My kids were very particular
about making sure they were getting their "deben worth"! Submitted
by: The Chihuahua Pharaohs
Make a Mummy: Break your
students into 6 groups. Have each group measure 25 yards of toilet
paper, ending up with 150 yards total. You'll need a 12-roll pack of
toilet paper. When they were finished measuring I randomly chose a
student and we wrapped him in the toilet paper, took a class picture
and then finished the lesson. Submitted by Barbara D. Martin;
THE MUMMY MOVIE: Help find the
inaccuracies! I saw "The Mummy" last night. The script is
just awful but I'll agree with the earlier posts that it's great
fun.... One of the fun things for types like us is finding all the
errors. Some things to watch for when you go: The three great pyramids
-- of Thebes! The embalming scene showing FIVE canopic jars. In the
movie, one is apparently for the heart. The female lead says the heart
is removed during embalming. The Anubis colossi that somehow look like
some cartoon dog or something. The "Book of the Dead" that
is actually a book instead of papyrus. The Mummy's sidekick, who
neither looks nor sounds like an Egyptian or an Arab. They all swim in
the Nile -- and no one gets sick. The pharaoh's guards are wearing
something that looks vaguely like the Red Crown. There were half a
dozen other fun little goofs I saw that I can't recall now. (Shared
with us by Gilly and used with her permission. Ancient/Classical
Decorative Decodes (Be an
Archaeologist): Have students write (with black permanent
marker) their full names in any order (middle, last, then first - or
however) on a sheet of white typing paper using hieroglyphic symbols.
When finished, stain the papers in tea water and mount them on black
construction paper. Give the kids the next week to decode all the
papers and figure out whose was whose. Submitted by Barbara D.
Martin; California, USA
More ideas for Ancient
Egypt Submitted by Barbara D. Martin; California,
magazines to look up places around the world where archeologists
are at work today. Make a large world map to show findings.
The Egyptians left out
most vowels. Write a letter to a friend using no vowels and see if
they can fill in the blanks.
Debate ethics of taking
things from a tomb for museums.
Write a want ad for
Make a clay pyramid
using 2 cups each salt and flour, 1 1/2 cups water. Cover with
sandpaper to give realistic look.
Compare the height of
some of the worlds highest structures.
Pretend you are working
on a pyramid. Write a letter home to your family describing your
day, thoughts and feelings.
Design a pyramid you
think would be safe from grave robbers.
your own from plaster of Paris, carving it when dry with heavy
needle or nail.
Find pieces of
literature you think should be left as examples like the Rosetta
Sphinx--write a story
telling what happened to the end of his nose. Read out loud and
vote on the best story.
Tombs--list things you
would want in your tomb.
What books do you think
should be left behind for future generations?
ancient Egyptian and modern day.
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Aesop's Fables: First,
discuss What is a Fable, and Who was Aesop? (The fables of India
were very popular in ancient times as well as now. They were recited
in ancient Greece, over two thousand years ago. Aesop wrote many of
them down, so people thought they were his. In a way, they were. If
Aesop had not collected them, and saved them, and shared them - many
of these old fables would have been lost and forgotten. Instead,
today, we can enjoy these old fables, just as kids did, in ancient
Greece, over two thousand years ago!) During your unit study of
Ancient Greece, close each day's lesson by reading aloud one of
Aesop's Fables to your class. Briefly, have your class discuss
the meaning. Many lessons may be taught and discussions directed,
using this technique, and the kids love it.
Daily Life: Have each
student write their own story about a day in Ancient Greece. Their
story must be at least 5 paragraphs long. They will write as if they
were telling about their own life in an ancient Greek city-state over
the course of one day. They can not be a god or any famous leader or
person. They can live in either Athens or Sparta, and can be a
citizen, merchant, slave, or visitor. They can work alone or in small
groups. When working in groups, each student must turn in their own
original work, but students stories must mesh and intertwine. When
working in groups, students are encouraged to know each in ancient
times. Interesting information on ancient Greek daily life can
be found here: Daily
Life in Ancient Greece
Art & Architecture:
Will a single sheet of
paper support a book? For an amazing answer, try this!
Take an 81/2" x 11
inch piece of paper. Roll it into a cylinder to represent a
column. Secure it with tape. The more tightly you roll it,
the more books it will hold.
Set your column on the
floor. Balance a book on the top of the column. Add
another! Will it hold three books? How many will it
When your column
collapses, check your column. Did it bend? Where did
it bend? That's where it was weak.
Art & Architecture: THE
On the top half of a piece of paper, have students drawn a
picture of the Parthenon. On the bottom half, answer printed
TOP HALF: Student
Drawing of the Parthenon
BOTTOM HALF: Fill in the
____________ Who was
ruler when the Parthenon was built?
____________ What name
is given to the time when the Parthenon was built?
____________ What type
of architecture was used?
were pillars arranged so that they seemed straight?
Cut manila folders into
Write one thing the
Greeks gave the world on each shape. There will be duplication;
Gift wrap each shape,
in colorful, festive wrapping paper, along with a small piece of
to class in a plastic garbage bag. (Bring extra garbage
bags; you'll need them!)
"gifts" from the Greeks; one "gift" per
student. Tell students that these are "gifts"
given to the world by the Greeks. Have students open their
gifts. Have each student write a one-two paragraph report on their
"gift" in the first person, explaining why
"their" invention, or their gift, is of value to the
Collect wrapping paper
while students are writing. Ask if anyone would like to
share their "gift" and what they wrote about their gift
with the class. After some of the students read their
paragraphs, post all "gifts from the Greeks" on the
Gifts from the Greeks bulletin board.
Gifts could include:
Greek columns (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian), trial by jury, myths,
democracy, sculpture, comedy, tragedy, theatre, the Olympics, epic
poetry, and fables.
Make a Greek Chiton (from my Mom's
notebook on things to do with Scouts.)
This simple costume was an everyday dress for
men, women and children. Kids wore it short. Women wore it long. It's
made by folding a single piece of material in a certain way. You don't
cut it - you just fold it! That means, you can use a single bed sheet
to make one.
Use a single bed sheet
Fold it over, until it's about the length
from your shoulders to your knees
Then fold it in half
Use two safety pins to hold it at the
Drop it over your head (with your head
sticking out the hole between the two safety pins)
Tie a rope around the waist. Change the
length by clousing it out at the waist (pulling it up a bit so it
drops over the rope belt.
Early & Classical Greece Units
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Ancient Rome Lesson Plans
Can you save the Roman
Republic? Let's see if students can do better than the Romans did to
generate reforms, to correct some of Rome's major problems during the
Roman Republic and save the Republic! Directions: Students will
imagine themselves to be a Roman consul. They have some power, but
they are not gods. They must obey the will of the people, keep the
rich happy, and still save Rome from self-destruction. As elected
consuls, leaders of government, your (the student's) job is to
discuss and solve three major problems facing the Republic. For
lesson details, see Roman
The Roman Gazetteer. This
is certainly not a new idea, but it's always fun. Have your kids
create a newspaper for ancient Rome. Put all the pieces together and
print copies so that each student has one completed copy. It's great
review or introduction to ancient Rome, and a nice piece for students
to take home and share with parents. Editorials, Classified, Sports
& Entertainment, etc.
Take several 8" x 11" pieces of
paper, and plan how much room each section of your newspaper will
take. (Space is limited!) Hand each student, based on the section
they select, a pre-cut piece of paper. As reporters, they must
accomplish their job within assigned space limits. This makes
putting your newspaper together much easier! For unassigned space,
or space left empty from students who do not complete this
assignment, simply run an ad - this space available for
advertising. Call.... And/or offer empty space as an extra
credit project to interested students. As students tend to lose
things, and need several copies of blank pieces of paper, have
extras blanks available, based on sizing. To stay organized,
number the back of various sizes with Roman Numerals. That way,
you can have a blank paper stack for each size.
Under each heading, include a short paragraph
of background information.
Make a sign-up sheet, that covers all
newspaper headings, and post it in your classroom. Have the kids
sign-up as reporters under the section they choose. For
organizational purposes, note the Roman Numeral "size"
next to each section. For example, the cartoon section might be
called: Forum Funnies. Example: Consul Claudius sneezed today.
At least he accomplished SOMETHING! The gossip section might
be called "Rome Wonders"; example: New man about
town! Gladiator Claudius gains freedom today! Will he replace Nero
as ladies man #1? Keep your eye on this column for updates!
Information about ancient Roman daily life
can be found here.
Milestone Advertising: Hand your kids
the following Assignment: The Romans did a wonderful job building
roads! To help people find their way, while traveling these roads, the
Romans more or less invented the milestone which grew increasingly
wordy, and increasingly tall, to be easily readable from a vehicle.
Some are 6 feet tall. Each milestone usually gave the mileage to the
nearest large city, sometimes to an intermediate place as well; and
the date and perhaps who paid for the road. We're going to add
business advertising! Your job is to create a business ad to add to a
milestone, somewhat like billboard advertising. What would you say, to
advertise your company's service or product, if you had limited
advertising space on one of these ancient Roman milestones? To
accomplish your job, first you must create a service or product of
interest for ancient Rome, and then create an ad to advertise it. From
your ad, it should be easy to figure out what service or product your
company offers citizens of Rome. Remember, your ad must be very brief
and to the point as you only have limited space!
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Eightfold Path: Intro to Buddhism. Ask students to read
about each step on the Eightfold Plan. Student must select about which
to write, identify these two steps, and give each of the two selected
its Buddhist meaning. Direct students to describe why each step would,
or would not be, difficult to follow here in America. Eightfold
Make a Chinese Panel:
Chinese painting typically has three sections, birds and/or flowers,
figures, and glimpses of the countryside, which might include
mountains, a field, a waterfall, a stream. The pictures create a
feeling of harmony and balance. Some painting illustrate a poem,
which is included on the painting. Many paintings were done with just
a few brush strokes, to suggest, rather than detail, an idea. First,
show your class some examples of Chinese paintings. Discuss how each
reflects an idea or feeling. Then, using pencil or crayon, have
your kids create a Chinese panel that illustrates an original poem
they have written about Ancient China. This can be done as a
group project, or individually.
More Ideas for Ancient
China: Submitted by Barbara D. Martin; California,
This was created for Ancient China, 6th-grade, but the
concept could easily be adapted for any culture, any unit, any grade.
Instructions to my Class:
Listed below are the points it is possible for you to earn in our
special projects section, during our study of Ancient China. Space
is provided at the end of every section so that you may write in a
project that you wish to do which isn’t listed--just be sure to
check with me (before you begin) to make sure that it’s OK. Be
sure that you complete the required number of points from each
section. You may earn the rest of your points from any area or areas
you choose. Please write the number of each project on the project
itself and turn it in with this paper as each project is completed.
Note that the points listed are for points possible--if you don’t
do a good job, you won’t earn many points. A=200+ pts., B=160+
pts., C=100+ pts., D=80+ pts. F is anything less than 80 points.
50 points required:
Map of eastern
hemisphere with geographic features 10
Map of modern China
with political divisions 10
Map of China’s
geographic features 10
Map of sources of
China’s products 10
Map showing locations
of archaeological finds 20
Map showing boundaries
of each dynasty 10
Methods of travel and
routes used in Ancient China 10
Methods of travel and
routes used in Modern China 20
Flour and salt relief
map painted to show geographical features 05
List 10 major cities by
longitude and latitude 05
Do a Find-A-Word
hand out on Ancient China 10
Make your own
Find-A-Word using China’s geographical features 10
ART-- Minimum 20
Make a paper cutout 10
Make a scratch-through
of a Chinese scene you’ve drawn 5
Draw pictures showing
one product from beginning to end 10
Make a paper mache mask
used in a traditional Chinese play 10
Draw one of the
religious figures of China 5
Draw replicas of modern
China’s coins and give their value in U.S. dollars 10
Draw 5 symbols of
China, and tell why you chose them 10
Build a pagoda, replica
of the Great Wall, etc. 20
Draw an illustrated
alphabet of words about China: A=ancestor, B=bamboo, etc. 20
Make a Chinese screen
Draw a traditional
Chinese landscape 10
Make a typical
“jade” carving out of Ivory soap. 15
Reproduce one of
China’s inventions 20
Draw or reproduce
ancient Chinese instruments 20
Choose one of the
minority people of China and illustrate the things that set them
apart (houses, clothes, etc.) 5
oracle bones or sticks 5
development of money in China 10
Make something with
HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT--
Minimum 30 points required
Diagram the structure
of government under one of the dynasties 5
List accomplishments of
each dynasty 10
Make a crossword puzzle
Find 10 newspaper
articles which deal with China 5
List things imported
from China today 10
Make a map of the
“Silk Road” and list things imported to and exported from
List things of Chinese
origin that are in general use in America today (food, vocabulary,
Report on the conquests
of a dynasty 5
Diagram the difference
of Legalism, Confucianism, and Taoism. 10 (A lesson
plan for Legalism, Taoism & Confucianism can be found here)
20 points required
Plan a 2 week vacation
showing points of interest, places to stay in Ancient China 20
Write letters for
posters, information, etc. to the Chinese consul, airlines, etc. 5
Bring to school and
share with the class things from China 5
Put up a bulletin board
about Ancient China 10
Do a 1 page report
about a special aspect of Ancient China 10
Write “A Day in the
Life of...” an emperor, farmer, etc., of Ancient China 10
(Information about ancient China daily life can be found here.)
Note Home to Parents:
Projects worth a
combined value of 50 points are due ____________.
worth a combined value of 50 points are due ___________.
Date total project is
I plan to earn
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