Ancient Civilizations: China, India, Africa, Mesopotamia by Wendy Conklin

By Wendy Conklin

This source offers classes and actions that deliver 4 far-off cultures vibrantly into the study room and immerse scholars in background. wealthy history fabrics help enticing actions corresponding to reading-aloud a quick play in line with the epic of Gilgamesh, studying the fundamentals of chinese language calligraphy, making plans an Indus Valley commute itinerary, taking part in a board video game renowned in old Kush, and plenty of extra. to be used with Grades five & Up.

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S. H . . OW ...... m ❶ Use maps and globes to point out to students where Egypt and Kush were located. Point out that Kush occupied territory in what is now part of northern Sudan. Ask students to list geographical features on the maps and globes that they see in northern Sudan. ) ❷ Ask students to tell you what they notice about the areas surrounding the Nile River. ) Ask students why cities would be around the Nile River. Make a list of their ideas on the board. Share with students the background information about the Nile River on page 50.

OW ...... m ❶ Distribute copies of Meroitic Writing to students. ❷ Ask students to examine the Meroitic language. Direct them to compare the hieroglyphics and cursive scripts. Allow students to comment on any similarities that they see. ❸ Share with students the background information about the Meroitic language on page 57. Emphasize the difference between understanding how sounds in a word are pronounced and knowing what the word means. For an example, use a dictionary to look up an unfamiliar word.

That doesn’t sound too appealing, either. You might have to disguise yourself as a merchant, prisoner, acrobat, or snake charmer to get secret information for Chandragupta. You know that he has spies throughout the kingdom. Oh, well—you are ready for your assignment. ❸ After you finish reading, have students write about their life in Chandragupta’s secret service, as a diary entry, focusing on one exciting day. ❹ Combine students’ tales into a spy magazine for others to read. 46 Ancient Civilizations © Wendy Conklin, Scholastic Teaching Resources ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ Teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism Students create an illustrated guide to two Indian religions.

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