Ancient Mesopotamia for Teachers
Create travel voucher "Sumer Sites"
Help your neighbor - Be a good Sumerian!
Lesson Idea for Cylinder Seals: Small group activity. Their job in each group is to divide into two sides and then negotiate a contract with give and take to accomplish a positive outcome. Once achieved, that contract is signed by each participant with their individual cylinder seal, which places that contract into law. From there, you flow naturally into the importance of written laws, etc. It's a fun lesson. First the kids make their individual seals out of half of a potato (potato halves provided by the teacher.) Then they research the goal I give them, or create a simple goal of their own once they hear examples (you want a dagger, you want food, you want an ox, etc.) Then they negotiate. Then they sign using their cylinder seals dipped in ink. It usually takes 2-3 days. Their contracts make an interesting wall display and each contract reflects life in ancient Mesopotamia.
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.