Activities this Week:
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Task 6 – Vocabulary Exercises
Read the important vocabulary. (shown on a separate sheet of paper) These terms are important to your understanding of ancient Mesopotamia. Spend some time learning these terms and what they mean. Include these words in your packet.
Complete the Vocabulary Exercises 3 pages total
Task 7 – Ziggurats Go research ziggurats at the British Museum.
Write a one page, multipargraph report on ziggurats. Include the following information –
1. Explain what a ziggurat is.
2. How and why they were built
3. How does the building function in the culture?
4. Famous ziggurats
On another page draw and label the parts of a ziggurat.
Title these two pages “Ziggurats” and include them in your packet.
Task 8 – Astronomer Go research astronomers at the British Museum. Write a one page, multiparagraph report on the astronomers in Mesopotamia. Include the following information:
1. Who is Aplum?
2. What was Aplum’s job and what did he learn from his job?
3. Why was his job important to Babylonians?
4. What did Aplum need to do to add a month to the calendar?
5. Did the King accept the extra month?
Each paragraph should have a topic sentence.
Explore some of the texts of the scribes of Enuma Anu Enlil. Describe what you learned in a paragraph.
Start READING book of your choice. Book report and word sheet given out in class. Due Thursday August 27th.
Done in class:
Create a page titled “The Code of Hammurabi”.
On the Code of Hammurabi page also given out in class are the laws of Hammurabi as translated from Cuneiform.
Select four laws and write them out.
Do you know if there are similiar laws today?
Read each of the situations:
What should be done to the carpenter who builds a house that falls and kills the owner?
What should be done when a “sister of god” (or nun) enters the wine shop for a drink?
What happens if a man is unable to pay his debts?
What should be done about a wife who ignores her duties and belittles her husband?
What should be done if a son is adopted and then the birth-parents want him back?
What should happen to a boy who slaps his father?
How is the truth determined when one man brings an accusation against another?
Why did Hammurabi’s laws and punishments seem so cruel to us? Give examples and reasons for your answer. In your answer think about our laws and how we create them. Do you think our laws are fair? Your answer should be multiple paragraphs.
No current event article this week. No school Friday.
Due Thursday: Create a title page for a packet about Mesopotamia
Task 1: Title Page for Mesopotamia packet report you are creating.
The Class (6th Grade Social Studies)
Do your best to decorate the cover page with images that remind you of Mesopotamia. You can print out images from Internet, but remember you are going to have your map on title page too.
Find a map of ancient Mesopotamia and one that is current.
Do your best to redraw this map (do not print out a map from the internet). Redraw the outlines of the current nations that occupy the area and label them. Label the major rivers, lakes, mountains, and other major geographical places, including oceans and seas. Label the capital cities of the nations with a star next to them.
Using a colored pencil, outline and fill in the area that used to be ancient Mesopotamia over the modern day map. Label the civilizations that were there. Label the major cities of these civilizations with a dot next to them.
Color in the oceans and other water sources with blue. Make the land area green.
Due Thursday: Task 2 – It Happened First in Mesopotamia
Go to It Happened First in Ancient Mesopotamia http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/world/newsid_2955000/2955531.stm
In this article are a number of “firsts” that Mesopotamians achieved. Write these down. Select two of these and design a visual that depicts each of the achievements. The visual maybe drawn or you may bring in a model. On the title page describe how each could have been used during this time. Your visual should have labels, be colorful, and be accurate.
Task 3- Cuneiform
Read the story about the development of writing from the British Museum.
Please put this heading “Cuneiform” at the top of your page.
1. What time period did people start to record the amounts of different crops?
2. Draw the symbol for barley.
3. What was usually next to the barley sign?
4. What is the Sumerian word for fig cakes?
5. Beside business and trade, what was cuneiform used for?
6. Cuneiform script was used to write what other languages?
7. Write your name in cuneiform (use the sumerian alphabet)
DUE FRIDAY: Current Event -Newspaper/Magazine article about a current event in the world. Cut out or print the article and write a 1/2 page review and include What the article is about, Where the article takes place and why did you chose the article.
Task 4 – Gods and Demons
Go to http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/gods/explore/exp_set.html
Read Gods and Demons of Ancient Mesopotamia
Create a page titled “God and Demons of Ancient Mesopotamia” and list the following gods and goddesses names: Enki, Gula, Isthar, Ninurta, and Anu. Explain who they were and what their power was. Add this to your packet of information with the cover page.