What do we call someone who reads letters, journals and monuments to find out about the past? (A historian)
What do we call the story that historians write about the past? (history)
Narration Exercise - What is history?
Ask the child to tell you in his own words about two ways that historians learn about the past. Acceptable narrations might include, "Historians read letters and look at monuments", or "People wrote letter and kings told people to write down stories. Historians can read them."
Review Question - What is Archaeology?
What do Archaeologists do? (dig objects out of the ground and learn about them)
What kinds of things did people leave behind them, in the story we read? (dishes, tools, toys)
Narration Exercise - What is Archaeology?
Ask the child to tell you in his own words abou the kinds of things that Archaeologists dig out of the ground. An acceptable narration might be, "Archaeologists dig things like dishes and toys out of the ground." You can prompt the child to add, "They find out about the past from these things".
1) writing / craft project: Make a history of my family book
print student pages 1-2 (cover page of family book and family history page)
interview family members
color and add pictures
hole punch and add brass fastners
2) A dirty dig (a simulated archaeology dig)
assemble together a pile of items that answers these questions:
what did these people eat
what kind of transportation did they have
what kind of houses did they live in
what did they do for entertainment
did they read and write
bury the list of above artifacts and have the kids dig them up ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Lesson 3 - The Sumerians
Main Lesson part 1: Sumer, The first civilization
Read UILE 110-111 (discuss pictures as you read encyclopedia)
SOTW chapter 5 - the first sumerian dictator
CHOW chapter 5 - real history begins
Help your child look up and define cuneiform and mesopotamia. Be sure to place this copy work in your childs notebook (binder).
Find modern - day Iraq on a globe or map. Point out the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
On map 1 again, see if your child remembers and can point out the the bodies of water (Mediterranean sea, red sea, caspian sea, persian gulf). Have your child label the city - state of sumer with a dot (this is the proper way to label a city on a map). See UILE page 110 for assistance with labeling.
Complete pocket 2 "ancient mesopotamia" Place in binder when done.
complete the project "model ziggurat" on page 89 in "ancient egyptians and their neighbors" book.
Main Lesson part 2: Daily Life of the Sumerians
read uile pages 112 - 113
use a childrens dictionary and help your child look up and define "sculpting". Place copy work in binder.
choose from the following projects in ancient egyptians and their neighbors: long robe, queens headdress, weaving on a hanging loom, math sumerian style, sebetu rolls
draw and color a picture about what was read in this lesson. Hints: ziggurats, a house of dried mud bricks, people making pottery, or a city with a ziggurat in the center.