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Ancient Mesopotamia for Teachers
Lesson Plans, Activities, Games

For Teachers

Hammurabi's Code: Before there was a Supreme Court.. there was Hammurabi!

  • 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.
  • 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?" 

Hammurabi's Code lesson (EDSITEment)

Hammurabi Code Activity

Geography of Mesopotamia lesson plans:

Ancient Mesopotamia Map, interactive, free download from teachers pay teachers

Mesopotamia Map Activity

Fertile Crescent Map Classroom Activity

Free - Mesopotamia Map Outline (free from teachers pay teachers)

Units:

Mesopotamia for Teachers - downloads, worksheets, student handouts, more (Mr. Proehl's Class, 6th grade social studies)

Mesopotamia - 5 lessons, designed for grade 1 but great ideas for K-6, free download, Core Knowledge

Ignite Learning - UNIT, Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia 3 week UNIT, and end of unit projects (Mr. Cain)

Ancient Mesopotamia UNIT and Translators Needed, Apply Within (section 7, Donn)

6th grade social studies - Ancient Mesopotamia - Units, Projects, Fun

Lesson Plans

Vocabulary Lesson Plans, Games, Handouts

Ancient Sumer, lesson plan, daily life

Ancient Sumer religion, lesson plan

Ancient Sumer, inventions, lesson plan

Many Original Activity Ideas

Sumerian History Through Storytelling - story plus lesson plan

Life in Ancient Mesopotamia (free from teachers pay teachers)

Lesson: Mesopotamia Women

Interactive Quiz

Interactive Quiz about the Land Between Two Rivers (with answers, Donn)

Videos:

Over 75 Activities and Project Ideas for Ancient Mesopotamia 

Video for in class use or assignment: Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamia - quite a civilization, inventors of the sailboat and the wheel, to name a few (video, 4 minutes, National Geographic)

Video for in class use or assignment: Mesopotamia, Land Between Two Rivers, ziggurats, trade, taxes, and more, short animated video for kids

Classroom Activities: Activities (many, some ours, some sent to us)

Review and Inventions

Mesopotamia for Kids and Teachers (Mrs. Masters) Review, Activity and Game 

Ancient Inventions (Donn)

For Kids

Stories & Games for Ancient Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia for Kids - by topic

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This book has two complete units, one for Ancient Mesopotamia (4-5 weeks) and one for ancient India (2-3 weeks)
Each unit includes complete lesson plans, learning modules, and a daily mix of meaningful creative activities NOT found on our website.