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Social Studies - 6th Grade
Standard 1 Objective 1
4 class periods of 60 minutes each
Thinking & Reasoning
Students will understand how ancient civilzations developed based on the local physical features and how the boundaries of early civilizations compare to their modern counterparts.
Essential Question: What importance do physical features in a region have to sustain the development of a civilization?
Humans migrated across the earth which led to hunter gatherer clan groups finding places that supported abundant life. This stationary, non-migrational life depended upon the physical features of the environment that would lend itself to year-round hunting, animal domestication, and seasonal farming. Modern civilizations trace their foundations to the development of these early settlements and civilizations.
Students will make connections between the physical geography of ancient civilizations and how these features influenced the development of these civilizations.
What do you absolutely need to live/survive? (Brainstorm as a class)
What importance do physical features in a region have to sustain the development of a civilization?
What were the major physical features that determined whether a civilization flourished and why?
Students list each feature followed by a concise 1 sentence explanation.
Kinesthetic - draw and illustrate maps
Aural/Oral - presentation of findings
Visual - posters displayed around room as reminders of information
Locate significant physical features of a civilization based on class presentations on Google Earth and write a description, draw a replica, or create a model.
Build a model of a trading vessel used by one of the ancient civilizations. Student determines what materials to use.
Research the constellations ancient traders used to navigate trade routes.