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Ancient Civilizations – Teacher Resources

There are many exciting civilizations to explore in Ancient history! Examine everyday life during ancient times with teaching resources on ancient civilizations. You will find lesson plans on hieroglyphics, the Mayan Empire, and Aesop's fables. Worksheets include activities on Chinese Calligraphy and Ancient India. You will also find references on Roman and Greek mythology. Printables on education, religion, and occupations are perfect additions to any social studies or world history curriculum.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

The Age of the Pharaohs Mini-Lesson
The Scribes of Ancient Egypt Mini-Lesson
Life in Ancient Greece Mini-Lesson
The Beginnings of Ancient China Mini-Lesson
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The Holocaust
Chinese Calligraphy
Ancient Gods and Goddesses: Matching
Wonders of the World Questions
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Thinking about Prejudice
Quiz: The Ancient Olympic Games
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Lesson Plans

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
"Hi" in Hieroglyphics
World War I: People, Places, and Events
The Mayan Empire
Wonders of the World
Current Archaeology
More Ancient Civilizations Lesson Plans


Ancient Africa Quiz


World History 1-999 A.D.
Ten Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World
Food with History
Cupid, and Other Classical Myths
Animals in Uniform
People and Places in Egyptian Mythology
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
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Ancient Civilizations, Art, & Music Connected

Introduction to the Panpipe
Learning About Voice Through Photographs Assessment
Altars to Greek Goddesses
The Face of a Leader Handout
Classical Architecture
Ancient Times: Art and Architecture Activity Packet
Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing Book Coloring Page
More Ancient Civilizations Art & Music Activities

Ancient Civilizations & Literature Connected

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
The Odyssey
"In Flanders Fields"
The Lost Years of Merlin Epic
The Donkey and the Dog
"Two Travelers and the Bear": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Readers Theater Script: Journey Home
More Ancient Civilizations Literature Resources

Ancient Civilizations & Language Arts Connected

Ancient Egypt: The Age of the Pharaohs Word Power
Heroes in Greek Mythology
Modern Olympic Beginnings Word Power
Columbus Word Search
An Expedition to Egypt Vocabulary
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn -- Chapters Three and Four
Julius Caesar
More Ancient Civilizations Resources for Language Arts

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Ancient China
Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt
E.Guides: Mummy
Eyewitness: Mummy
Eye Wonder: Pyramid
Eyewitness Expert: Ancient Egypt
Eyewitness: Ancient Greece
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies

Ancient Civilizations & Science Connected

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
How the Chinese Use Insects
Carbon Dating
Constructing a Prehistoric Adventure
Halley's Comet
Thales of Miletus, Physiologist
Science and Medicine in Ancient Greece
More Ancient Civilizations Resources for Science

Ancient Civilizations & Mathematics Connected

Math in the Real World: the Great Wall of China
An Expedition to Egypt
Whispering Gallery
An Expedition to Egypt Rubric
Literature & Math: Wonders of the Ancient World Stories
More Ancient Civilizations Math Activities

Ancient Egypt Resources

7 Wonders of the Ancient World
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
Ancient Times: Education and Religion Activity Packet
Oracle Prophecies Reading Guide
'Ology Activity Sheets
Battles That Changed History
The Treasures of King Tut
More Ancient Egypt Resources

Ancient China & India Resources

History of Tea
The 100 Most Significant Events of the Last Thousand Years
History of Chopsticks
More Ancient China & India Resources

Ancient Greece & Rome Resources

Greek and Roman Gods
Ancient Times: Marriage and Family Life Activity Packet
Write a Time-Travel Dialogue
Write a Lead Paragraph for The Roman Times
Ancient Times: Social Classes and Occupations Activity Packet
Ancient Times: Keep a Traveler's Diary
Ancient Times: Law and Justice Activity Packet
More Ancient Greece & Rome Resources

Ancient Civilizations & Religion Connected

Top 10 Heroes of Greek Mythology
Noah's Birthday
Geological Legends
What Would the Greek Gods Say?
Mythology Activity Sheets
Mythology Teacher's Guide
The Odyssey Teacher's Guide
More Resources on Religions of Ancient Civilizations

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