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CULTURAL ASTRONOMY:
http://ecuip.lib.uchicago.edu/diglib/science/cultural_astronomy/cultures.html
How have cultures throughout history interpreted the cosmos, the changing seasons, or time? Examine human history
and its fascinating revelations as it has explored the heavens throughout time in this excellent interactive, online
exhibit on cultural astronomy.
 
CHINA
 
Ancient China (British Museum)
http://www.ancientchina.co.uk/menu.html
The site is divided into five 'chapters' which address themes or topics relevant to ancient China. Within each 'chapter' there are threesections: Story (narratives), Explore (pupil controls the order in which they access the information) and Challenge (historical, analytical, mathematical, or observational activities). Main topics include Crafts and Artisans; Geography; Time (how time was kept in ancient China; Tombs and Ancestors; and Writing (nature and uses of writing in ancient China).
Grade Level: Early Childhood (K-2), Elementary, Middle School, High School Content Area: Arts (Visual Arts), Education (Alternatives), English (Writing), History & Social Studies (Cultures), History & Social Studies (World History) [Dewey #909] Application type: Information Resources, Activities
 
EGYPT
 
Ancient Egypt Primary Project Pages
The aim of these pages is to give children ideas and information to help them carry out a project on Ancient Egypt - whether they are just trying to find the answer to one question or as part of a large topic. This site is divided into six main sections; Ideas, Links, Resources, Information, Hands-on and Feedback.
http://www.learning-connections.co.uk/curric/cur_pri/egypt/page_1.html
 
British Museum
The British Museum online.  This site includes information and pictures on Egyptian life, geography, Gods and Goddesses, mummification, Pharaohs, Pyramids, temples, writing, and more.
 
BUILD A PHAROAH:
http://www.clemusart.com/archive/pharaoh/rosetta/rose3d.html
print copies of pharaoh templates to color and assemble 
 
BUILD A SCALE MODEL OF A PYRAMID:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/geometry/model.html
metric and scaling-- math
recreate a model of a pyramid while scaling it down to 3000 times smaller
 
CLEOPATRA'S PALACE -- THE SEARCH OF A LEGEND:
http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/cleogame/index.html
Cleopatra's empire was buried at the bottom of the ocean
 recently explorer Franck Goddio discovered its hiding place-- picture is now emerging of the Cleopatra regime-- unearthed through underwater archaeology and incredible artifacts
 
EGYPTIAN MATH PROBLEMS:
http://cuip.uchicago.edu/wit/99/teams/egyptmath/mathproblems.htm
Solve word problems with Egyptian math
 
EXPERIMENTING WITH MUMMIES:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2516_icemheav1.html
different methods of mummifying apples--to better understand the processes used by the Ancient Egyptians
 
HOW MUCH DOES A PYRAMID COST?
http://wcvt.com/~tiggr/
rich as a pharaoh--calculate--how much one of the shrines would cost in today's real estate and construction markets
 
INSIDE PYRAMIDS:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/
secret passageways of an Egyptian pyramid--PBS--online tour through a pyramid
 inside views, tips on archaeological excavations, and  briefs on the pharaohs who reigned 
 
ROSETTA STONE COLORING BOOK:
http://www.clemusart.com/archive/pharaoh/rosetta/coloring/index.html
coloring pages to download and print on Ancient Egypt
 
THE STEP PYRAMID COMPLEX OF DJOSER:
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/arth/zoser/zoser.html
how a pyramid complex was built--interactive tour
click on any section for more information, illustrations, details
 
Tutankhamun & the Golden Age of the Pharaohs: Educational materials
It is the name of a relatively short-lived pharaoh that conjures up the image of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh today - Tutankhamun. He may have ruled for only about a decade at the end of the Eighteenth Dynasty, but because his tomb survived the millennia, and provided thousands of marvels of his culture, we think of him as Egypt's most famous pharaoh.
http://www.kingtut.org/education.htm
 
Tutankhamun:  At the Tomb of Tutankhamen @ nationalgeographic.com
It is 1923, and the long-sought tomb of Tutankhamun is about to yield its secrets. Join NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC correspondent Maynard Owen Williams in Egypt.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/egypt/
 
Tutankhamun:  KingTutOne.com
Walk through King Tutankhamun's virtual tomb, view pictures during the excavation, or learn about his father Akhenaten.
http://www.kingtutone.com
 
WebQuest -- King Tutankhamun: Was It Murder?
http://www.pekin.net/pekin108/wash/webquest/
King Tut has been fascinating students and adults alike since the discovery of his tomb in 1922. Why has so much interest been generated about this unremarkable pharaoh? Could it be the fabulous gold and treasure discovered in his tomb? Or is it the mystery surrounding the boy king's early death? You and your renowned team have been hired by the Egyptian government to determine if King Tut was murdered. Your team will have only 3 days to complete your work.
 
WOMEN'S RIGHTS -- ANCIENT EGYPT AND THE U.S.
http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/lesson6.html
worksheet considers and compares the rights of women both in Ancient Egypt and in modern America
 
GENERAL
 
ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS WEBQUEST:
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/dmatousek/ancientwq/ancient_civilizations_wq.htm
Aztecs, Pompeii, the Romans, the Greeks, Mesopotamia, Ancient China, or Indian cultures--choose a civilization, use online resources
 
Ancient Times
How would you have behaved if you had lived in ancient Sparta?  Learn about Taoism with Winnie-the-Pooh!  If you had lived in ancient times, would you have chosen to become a Roman citizen?  What did the ancient Indians wear? Do you know what the ancient Egyptians believed would cure a toothache?  Find out the answers to these questions and more in this site, created by a teacher and her students.
 
Collapse of Four Ancient Civilizations
Join us as we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. You'll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse. You can also try your hand at "garbage-ology" and study what trash can tell us about a society.
 
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS QUIZ
This site provides quizzes on early civilizations, including Maya, Aztec, Anasazi and Mound Builders.
 
 
EAWC

Exploring Ancient World Cultures (EAWC) is an on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. It features its own essays and primary texts. Over time it will include chapter-length histories for each of the eight "cultures" represented: The Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe. Chapters on Rome, Greece and Medieval Europe will be appearing soon.

In addition, to its own resources, EAWC also includes a substantial index of internet sites, divided into five sub-indices: a chronology, an essay index, an image index, an internet site index and an electronic text index.

 

EMPIRES PAST
Choose from China, Egypt, Rome or Aztec.  This Thinkquest site offers detailed information and related games to complete your adventure.  It includes an interactive game.
 
 
A WALK THROUGH TIME -- ANCIENT CALENDARS:
http://physics.nist.gov/GenInt/Time/ancient.html
 how we have measured time across cultures and through history
timekeeping through a study of ancient calendars and their uses
 
ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME TALK SHOW:
http://socialstudies.com/c/@JVYzYPTmI_uG2/Pages/article.html?article@ancientgreece1
Travel back--time machine to two different eras, get two  representative citizens--create a talk show to compare and contrast the two civilizations
online resources and charts guide students through their research; let them write a script for a TV production 
 
COLLAPSE:
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/collapse/
examine reasons for the collapse of such diverse civilizations as Mesopotamia, Mali and Songhai, and the Maya--hands-on activities too
 
Exploring Ancient Cultures
 
HAMMURABI'S LAW -- A STUDENT PLAY:
http://socialstudies.com/c/@2l09BecdIRI7M/Pages/article.html?article@JWW951A
royal court at Babylon almost 4000 years ago, explore one of the first written codes of law
get in appropriate costumes-- produce this play  
 
HISTORICAL CLOTHING:
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/history/clothes.htm
daily aspects of any given historical culture--ancient civilizations work well--and then create appropriate costumes for the templates given
 
THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD:
http://www.unmuseum.org/wonders.htm
visit the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World-- 3D glasses 
background information and interesting histories accompany each of the wonders
 
VOYAGE BACK IN TIME -- ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME:  GRADE 3
http://www.richmond.edu/academics/a&s/education/projects/webunits/greecerome/
Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations
 
GREECE
 
COMPARING ATHENIAN AND AMERICAN COURTS:
http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1984/2/84.02.08.x.html

Students will study both the Solonian and the Draconian
Codes of Law of Ancient Greece, then compare the Athenian
systems with American legal systems. Teaching strategies
are included with three lesson plans.
 
THE GREEK ALPHABET:
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/history/greek.htm
learn the Greek alphabet by creating secret messages
use the code worksheet included
 
THE GREEKS:
http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/
interactive map--explore 5th century Athens
Acropolis experience offers the chance to view the historic architecture in 3-D
speak like a Greek citizen--sound files guide students through an interactive language experience
investigate all facets of Ancient Greek culture, such as its important people, its politics, its warfare, characters
 
HERCULES THE SUPER HERO:
http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1984/2/84.02.04.x.html
the Twelve Labors reveal about Ancient Greece
Hercules--the culture, religion, and peoples of Greece
 
ODYSSEUS:
http://www.mythweb.com/odyssey/index.html
tour through Homer's "Odyssey",  short, direct route, or the longer, detailed journey
 
THE PERSEUS PROJECT:
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
For an extensive online resource on the ancient classical civilizations, try the Tufts University Perseus Project. Current exhibits include the Ancient Olympics and Hercules. You'll find Homer, Homeric grammar and commentary, Greek gods and heroes, history, and well over 450 classics texts.
 
SOCRATES -- THE GREAT TEACHER:
http://socialstudies.com/c/@SLyHqaQx.NCTg/Pages/article.html?article@JWW163A
meet Socrates and get to know his methods of questioning or knowing
 
INCANS

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mummy/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/channel/inca/
 

Kushan Empire (ca. 250 A.D.) @ Answers.com
The Kushan Empire (c. 1st - 3rd centuries) was a state that at its height stretched from Tajikistan to the Caspian Sea to Afghanistan and down into the Ganges river valley.
http://www.answers.com/topic/kushan-empire

 
MAYAN
 
MAYA ADVENTURE:
http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/ma/activity.html
resources explore the Mayan civilization--past and present scientific influences on its culture.
online logbooks to record
 
NOVA: Maya Long Count Calendar (ca. 250 A.D.)
Includes lessons designed to help students understand and apply the Maya Long Count calendar system.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2804_maya.html

 
Mundo Maya (A.D. 250)
The Maya originated around 2600 B.C. and rose to prominence around A.D. 250 in present-day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Find a wealth of resources here!
http://www.mayadiscovery.com
 
WILL AMERICA FALL APART LIKE THE MAYA?
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/mayans/
webquest--considers how America might be adversely affected in any future scenario, by reflecting upon great civilizations of the past--in this case, the focus is on the Mayan empire
 
MESOPOTAMIA
 
ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA UNIT:
http://www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/schools/Central/Curriculum/ELEMENTARY/SOCIALSTUDIES/Mesopotamia/ancient_mesopotamia.htmdaily life, culture, contributions, and geography of Ancient Mesopotamia 
topics cover religion, trade and commerce, geography, clothing, etc.
selection of related resources for further investigations and research
 
ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA
http://www.ed.psu.edu/k-12/edpgs/su96/meso/mesopotamia.html
 
CUNEIFORM
http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/GLOSSARY/CUNEI.HTM
 
TIMELINE
http://www.usfca.edu/westciv/Mesochro.html
 
ZIGGUARAT
http://www.usfca.edu/westciv/Ziggurat.html
 
ROME
 
ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME:
http://www.esc2.net/TIELevel2/projects/rome/
webquest--research one particular aspect of Ancient Roman life 
 
COMPARE FAMILY LIFE:
http://socialstudies.com/c/@fSmJZYDAhZUSE/Pages/article.html?article@FG215B1
 learn about Roman families--make comparisons with own modern families-- guided student worksheet
 
LATIN DICTIONARY:
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/history/latin.htm
create a mini-dictionary in Latin, or a thematic book of Latin vocabulary covering  Roman daily life
 
LEARNING ROMAN NUMERALS:
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/middle/Math/RomanNumerals/lessontemplate.htm
webquest--upper elementary students--conversion and an understanding of Roman Numerals
games, a coded message, a quiz to compare Roman and Arabic numerals

 
ROMAN BATHS AND AQUEDUCTS:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/roman/
PBS--explore Roman engineering, aqueducts, and the  Roman baths 
Roman recipes to try, hands-on activity--construct own Roman aqueduct model online--manual included
 
THE ROMAN EMPIRE:
http://www.roman-empire.net/children/index.html
Ancient Rome-- historical overview, a section on Roman achievements, the Roman gods, and the architects, engineers, and builders
interactive maps on the city of Rome and the Roman empire
Roman dress and housing
 
ROMAN ROADS:
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/history/romanrd.htm
why Roman roads were built so very well
create own model of Roman road construction
map routes the Romans took along various sites in Britain
 
ROMAN REALTORS:
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/history/estateagents.htm
Roman housing--research Roman times in order to design a realty ad
 
THE ROMANS:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/romans/home.html
Timelines and student activities--BBC site on the Romans
Roman invasion into the British Isles
 
VIKINGS
 
ON THE VIKING TRAIL:
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/vikings.htm
exploration of the Vikings, their voyages, and their culture
 

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