Ancient Mesopotamia for Teachers
Lesson Plans, Activities, Games
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?"
Geography of Mesopotamia lesson plans:
Classroom Activities: Activities (many, some ours, some sent to us)
Review and Inventions
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.