Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homeschooling: 6th Grade Ancient History


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My Youngest studied Ancient History last year, using a BJU Press textbook in addition to many other free online resources which are categorized below. We found so much good stuff we didn't even need to buy a textbook!

Many of us don't have time to do complete research on the internet to find, much less organize, all the available resources. I decided to share course outline here and update this page when time permits.  


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COURSE INTRO:  


8/1/2015 Update - 
More topics have been added.  Discovered a Interactive World History Atlas at TimeMaps.com.  They also offer iPad apps!


11/10/2014 Update -
Found on ushistory.org is a complete online textbook on Ancient History for Homeschoolers! This is a great find to incorporate into the below study or use on it's own.


8/28/2014 Update -
FREE Infopacket on Ancient Empires -
 great for an overall introduction and for extra reading comprehension (includes quiz).

I am also creating YouTube playlists with longer documentaries for each unit.

1/18/201 Update -
This is a great PDF workbook with Ancient History maps from sproutingtadpoles.com!  Found on ushistory.org is a complete online textbook on Ancient History for Homeschoolers! This is a great find to incorporate into the below study or use on it's own.


Timeline:

1.  Create a master timeline that can be added to throughout the course - Homeschooling Hearts and Minds
2.  Another timeline to copy/paste in Word document for notebook - Gaby's Blog

Reading:
UNIT 1:  MESOPOTAMIA (Early Civilizations)

Timeline:
Do the Lesson:  (Choose one of these two options)
  • Mesopotamia unit - Read through Powerpoints, watch videos, do listed activities. Complete Study Guide at the end of the webpage. 
  • Mesopotamia unit with Mr. Dowling  - Read through each chapter listed on the left margin.  At the end of each chapter webpage, download and finish the activity for the lesson.  
Watch Videos:
Writing Exercises:
  • Practice writing short paragraphs on Ancient Sumer
  • Read Genesis 11: 1-9.  Describe in your own words what the Tower of Babel was, why it was built and what happened to the people who built it.  
Fun:   Create a replica of this ancient Mesopotamian building (a ziggurat) using LEGOs:





Additional Resources:

Options for Higher Level Reading:
UNIT 2:  EGYPT

Timeline:

Do the Lesson:  (Choose one of these two options)
  • Egypt Unit - Read through Powerpoints, watch videos, do listed activities. Complete Study Guide at the end of the webpage. 
  • Egypt with Mr. Dowling  - Read through each chapter listed on the left margin.  At the end of each chapter webpage, download and finish the activity for the lesson.  
Watch Video:  (Do the first three, others are optional if there is time)
Fun Activities:  (Choose two from this list)
  • Tastes from the Time: visit to the grocery store and choose a selection of these foods of Ancient Egypt that the wealthy were able to enjoy: watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, apricots, grapes, lettuce, olives, onions, garlic,dates, figs, or pomegranates. Try a couple you have never tasted before. What was your favorite?  Read HERE about Egyptian Table Manners.
  • Another option: at the store, pick up the ingredients to make this Egyptian dish, Taamia Falafal
  • Try a mummified apple experiment, or make a cartouche (from The Unlikely Homeschool)
  • Build another building - this time make a pyramid 
Writing Exercise: Learn more about hieroglyphics!  
Additional Resources:
Options for Higher Level Reading:
Options for Younger Readers:  See Amazon bar on the left -- (We loved these series!)

UNIT 3:  ISRAEL 

Timeline:
Do the Lesson:  

The best way to learn the history of the Hebrews and Ancient Israel is from the Old Testament! As you read and do study through the Old Testament, you are learning important history.  When you add to your timeline, you will see how Old Testament history lines up with other events going on in the world at the same time.
Watch Video:
Fun Activities:
Writing Exercise
Additional Resources:
Unit 4: CHINA

Timeline
:
Do the Lesson:  (Choose one of these two options)
Watch Video (Do the first three, others are optional if there is time)
Full documentaries:
Fun Activities:  
  • Using clay, design a your own "Terracotta Soldier" 
  • From the free download at KidsDiscover (see free student Power Vocab below), do the Crossword and Word Find puzzles.
  • Visit a local museum that may have pieces of Chinese art.  Use this page for ideas of what to look for at the museum.
  • Make a Chinese craft project. The bottom of this page has craft ideas to choose from  
  • Make a Chinese dish like stir fry! Find a recipe, shop for ingredients and make it for your entire family to enjoy.
Writing / Vocabulary Exercise: 
  • Download the Ancient China free student Power Vocab handout from KidsDiscover.com  for vocab practice. (You will need to sign up for a free registration on the website, and you do not need to have the Discovery booklet to use this handout.)
Additional Resources:
Options for Higher Level students:
Options for Younger Readers:  See Amazon bar on the right -- (We loved these series!)

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