Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent
Teacher will introduce Mesopotamia using Crash Course online video. Teacher will instruct students to come up with 3-5 questions from the video about Mesopotamia.
Teacher and students will use Google Earth to identify the present day location of Mesopotamia and identify the countries in that region
Teacher will provide materials- textbook, wall map, globes, outline of the Fertile Crescent without labels, pencils, pens, color pencils, markers
Teacher will discuss the movement, voice level and materials directions before having one student pass out the textbooks
Students will ask 3-5 questions from video
Students will use Google Earth to identify the countries in the region
Students will skim the first section of their textbooks and identify maps, pictures, key terms, headings, and pictures
Create a physical map identifying important geographical features
Compare a map of the Fertile Crescent to a modern day political map of the region. Brainstorm the reasons various names of this region
Teacher will instruct students to skim the section, using a voice level 1 to facilitate small group discussion, and identify headings, pictures, maps, vocabulary in bold etc.
Teacher will introduce the vocabulary and identify key terms/names. Teacher will assign students the task of recording the vocabulary in their notebooks. The teacher will review the vocabulary before allowing students to proceed in small groups
Teacher will introduce vocabulary and key terms to be discussed during this class period
Students will identify and define key terms and record the vocabulary in their classroom notebook
3 Mini Lesson
Teacher will review concept of graphic organizing and introduce the website bubbl.us as an online graphic organizer/tool.
Teacher will instruct students to use their graphic organizer to create a paragraph about civilization using evidence from the text
Use a graphic organizer to list the characteristics of civilization
Write a paragraph that describes the elements that make up a civilization. Your paragraph must have a topic sentence, at least three support sentences, and a conclusion sentence that restates but does not repeat the topic sentence.
Students will be able to answer the following questions:
1. What geographical features made life in the Fertile Crescent possible?
2. What does it mean to have a surplus of food?
3. Why is it important to have a division of labor?
4. What role did writing play in creating a civilization?
5. What is the role of government and religion in a civilization?
4 Wrap Up
Teacher will provide feedback, ask clarifying questions and check for feedback on online sources
Students will present the different aspects of civilization
Students will complete a classroom version of the Code of Hammurabi