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Unit 1 – Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization





Text Book Time Machine (Are you ready?)


Nation Anthem Activities (Star Spangled Banner):


National AnthemAssignment:




Why We Teach Geography in School:

World Geography (funny)


Core Concepts Geography 1 Handbook

If the world was a village of 100 (video)




G1 The World In Spatial Relations


Atlas Rubicon:

7th Grade Slideshow Interactives

Earth basics:

 Note: Use My World History CD


History of the World in Seven Minutes (H1.2.4)

CO – Students will compare and evaluate historical perspectives about the past based on proof gathered by watching a video and taking notes.

LO – Students will create a timeline based on dates/events gathered from an historical video.


How Historians Use Eras and Time Periods (H1.1.1)

CO – Students will develop an understanding of why historians use eras/periods to distinguish human growth and development over time by analyzing the 8 current eras of human activity.

LO – Students will design a visual graph that shows events that lead to the transitions between eras.


Basic History Timeline (note taking)




Unit 1 Summary 


How Historians Explore the Past (H1.2.1)

Chapter 1: Investigating The Past



What is evolution?

What’s an archeologist?



Study Guide Activity:

Learning Extension:

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive Trailer

Challenge Question??????

Did dinosaurs and man coexist?

– 2 minute free write after watching video

-3 minute table group discussion after viewing evidence… share out/answer question

Scientists estimate that the hominid lineage diverged from the ape lineage 5 to 8 million years ago. Homo sapiens, the species to which we belong, has existed for about 100,000 years.

Dinosaurs lived between 230 and 65 million years ago, in a time known as the Mesozoic Era. This was many millions of years before the first modern humans, Homo sapiens, appeared.

-2 minute table conclusion statement… share out/answer question

Extension / Challenge Information:  

Scientifically how do they date fossils and artifacts?

Jeopardy (practice):



Chapter 2: Early Hominids

Essential Vocabulary:
(paleo) anthropologist, biped, hominid, capabilities, land bridge, migrate, remains
Students will learn:
  •  the capabilities of each hominid group:  Australopithecus Afarensis, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo sapien neanderthalensis, and Homo sapiens sapiens.
  • how the earliest hominids evolved over time.
  • how hominids compare to modern humans.


Text (by video):

Atlas Rubicon:

Video Series about Ancient Man’s development:

Map of the Fertile Crescent – Where Natufians began to farm

Related image

Study Guides (blank):




Blank Chart: (use with powerpoint/prezi)

Finished Chart (test review):

Interactive Student Notebook:


Paleolithic to Neolithic Life (video)

Cave Paintings (video):


Study Guide:

Lesson Resources:




Bellwork: What are capabilities?


Mammoth Bone Pile and Chopper found by archeologist (pictures)

The carcasses of 7 wooly mammoths and chopping tools were discovered.  If you were an archeologist what conclusions would you make?

Hominids Rap:

Hominids Rap Winners 2016


Hominids Rap  2014 Winners

5th hour students

Hominids Rap 2015 Winners

6th hour students

Prehistoric Life Paragraph:

Newspaper article:


Extension Activities/Games:


Motel of the Mysteries by David Macauley

Photo example:


The Motel of the Mysteries is a satirical look at archeology and history.  It is the year 4022 and all research previously done concerning the North American continent has done little to uncover the secrets of the waste covered overgrown vegetation that is now the USA, Canada and Mexico.

It is guessed that in 1985 a drastic reduction in postal rates caused fliers, mail pieces and brochures to fall down on the Northern Continent and destroy all life. After falling behind the rest of the pack, Carson stumbles upon an excavation site by falling through a weak patch of ground. He recognizes what he finds as a tomb he had seen mentioned in a recent National Geographic. Carson decides to bring back Harriet, his partner, and a group of volunteers to uncover the treasures of Tomb 26.

While excavating. the group finds what would have been a late 1980’s hotel room. Instead they mistake it for a burial chamber. They uncover what they believe is a Great Altar (television and TV stand), the Sacred Communicator (remote), the Internal Component Enclosure (ICE container), the Ceremonial Headdress (shower cap), the Sacred Urn (toilet), the Headband (Sanitized for your protection sticker), sarcophagus (bathroom), the Sacred Collar (a toilet seat), the music box (toilet tank), and the ceremonial platform (the bed).

Harriet and Carson decide to open a show at the excavation site. They name is Toot ‘n’ ‘c’ mon. Sadly, shortly after the opening both Carson and Harriet face untimely deaths. As more deaths and accidents happen, the entire site and Tomb 26 are closed to the public forever. It is thought that there is a curse on anyone who decides to enter the tomb

  1. Do you think that future civilizations will judge us on the materials we leave behind?
  2. 2) Although Carson’s conclusions about objects from the twentieth century were wrong, do you think that he grasped what was important to people of the times?

Ancient Man Small Group Project:

Interactive Game:


Chapter 2 Jeopardy:



Chapter 3: From Hunters and Gatherers To Farmers


Interactive Notebook:




Important Map of Early Settlements

From Hunter-Gatherer to Farmer Video Series:

Part 1 – Man domesticate animals / lives in small groups

Part 2 – Man Becomes Sedentary

Part 3 – Catal Hoyak  (Ancient Turkey)

Part 4 – Early Agricultural Societies


Use Comparison Video with a Double Bubble Map(template):




Interactive Timeline:

Cloze Notes Activity:

Study Guide:


What are civilizations?

Paleo v. Neo Comparison Chart


Word Splash Activity & Summary:





Interactive Activity/Mini Project:

Chapter 3 Jeopardy


Video Recap (video)




Chapter 4: Rise Of The Sumerian City-States

          Civilization All Have-(CSSG…)

Looking for a place to settle? FFFC

Intro Activity:


Prediction Preview Activities:




Chapter Discussion & Summary:

What is irrigation?


My Youtube Mesopotamia File:  watch lots videos & learn

click top left to view list and pick your videos


Cloze Notes Activity: 


Interactive Student Notebook:


Quiz Cards:

Study Guide: 

Cuneiform Writing:


Essay: Problem-Solution 


Extension: River Valley Civilizations

River vally civiliztions from rbagdai

Chapter 4 Jeopardy:



Chapter 5: Ancient Sumer

Prediction Preview Activity:


Map of Early settlements



Cloze Notes Activity:


Artifact Pictures (primary sources):


The Epic of Gilgamesh:

Interactive student Notebook:


Mesopotamia Resources:

Epic of Gilgamesh Slideshow:

Epic of Gilgamesh (full text):

New tablet found – Epic of Gigamesh:

Ancient Iraq Artifacts – Epic of Gilgamesh:


Woman In San Marcos – Traditional Pottery Expert

Challenge Activity: Create A Paper Slideshow


Study Guide:

Chapter 5 Jeopardy:

Test Questions/Activities:


Chapter 6: Exploring Four Empires of Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia B-52:



Additional Info:


Mesopotamia Video (crash course):


Akkadian Empire:

A music group called this song Akkadian Empire. How does this music represent the Akkadian Empire to you and your table group?



Interactive Student Notebook:

Mesopotamian Worksheet:

Hammarabi Laws:

Hammurabi’s Code:

Hammurabi’s Code Activity:

Hanging Garden of Babylon: Video

Map Activity:  Mesopotamia/Egypt

Assessment Review:

Video Playlist (youtube):

Recap and Moving Forward (video)

Chapter 6 Jeopardy

Unit 1  Chapter 1-6   Test

Extension Question:

How do civilizations lead to disease?

Mesopotamia:  Persuasive Writing

Persian Empire:

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    – Mariama S.

    • We are doing something new with Hammurabi’s Rules. I have planned a Socratic Circle activity around the topic of Capital Punishment. Are Essential Question is, Is death too harsh of a punishment for crime? This should be a very interesting discussion.

      We begin Unit 2 next week.

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