The basis for the curriculum that we use is Story of the World. As we read each chapter, I want to expand on some topics and add more in that I think are important. I’m also the type of person who, when I am motivated to plan, I will plan and plan and search for ideas and make plans, until I’m bored with it and can’t stand it anymore.
So my goal here is to put together a huge list of all the possible activities that we could do each week, then when it comes, I can glance at the post and see what feels like something we should do that day. I’m including videos and internet games and all sorts of things, so Lil’Miss can even do some things on her own. I’ll add more to the list as I find things, and if you have or know of something you think should go here, email me and I’ll add it. I hope you’ll enjoy!
When I first started compiling this page, my thought was that I would find a bunch of activities to be able to choose from when we got to each chapter. As I got about 3 days into the compiling, though, I realized that you could literally study every chapter of Story of the World, in depth and age appropriately, without ever reading the book. So far, I haven’t even touched on one tenth… one one hundreth of the information that is out there on the interwebs. Each link that I found led to at least 10 more- which is why it’s taken me so long to gather this info.
So what I’m going to do here is for each chapter, I will put a section called “FURTHER READING”. This section will be readings that I’ve found on the subject or time period or subject that don’t necessarily correlate to a specific activity. Maybe you could come up with an activity and tell me about it. In the meantime, I will assume (since we’re notebookers) that the default activity for any reading that doesn’t have one, is to dictate and notebook the information that was gleaned. Some of these FURTHER READING pages are amazing, so make sure you check them out.
Before the FURTHER READING section, I will try to assign a subject to each activity. They don’t always fit in a single subject, but if you’re looking to cover certain ones, this way you can easily find what you’re looking for. In any case, for many of the chapters, there are so many activities that you could devote a lot more time than the one week that is typically allotted to studying it. If my kiddo is interested and wants to know more, we’ll extend those chapters as long as we can and learn even more.
Ok, anything else? Well, if you know of something that will fit on this list, just email me at chrissy @ museofthemorning DOT com and I’ll add it. I’ll also add links to our activities when/if I show them off.
Ok, here we go!!
Using the “official” Story of the World Materials
Of course if you want to use Story of the World, you’ll need the Story of the World book. But I’m going to tell you a secret- there is soooo much information online, you could totally study pretty much all of history without the book. I like to use it as a guide though. I read the stories and then we do activities having to do with the specific activities. We also we extend the learning by reading about things that happened at the time or other important people from the time period. And then we do activities about that.
There is an activity book too. It has a lot of activity sheets and color sheets, plus a lot of other activities that you can do. You can also purchase a PDF of just the student pages from the activity book. This is what I bought. I like it, but be warned: it’s just the student pages, it doesn’t include the activities.
Then there is the Test book and answer key. I didn’t get this because I’m not really big on testing.
Lastly, there is a CD of Story of the World. These are great if you don’t enjoy reading out loud all the time or if the kiddos want to listen to the reading more than once. I borrowed this from the library.
Resources For Multiple Chapters
GENERAL: Homemaking With Heart has a great page on why to use SOTW. Toward the bottom, there is an awesome schedule of how they use SOTW. It’s similar to how we do it.
PRINTABLES: Dynamic 2 Moms has this great page with lots of printables for ancient civilizations
ONLINE VIDEOS: Crash Course has videos on world history topics and follows a really similar timeline to SOTW.
GENERAL: Hannah’s Homeschool Helps – a yahoo group with tons and tons of SOTW printables
TIMELINE: Printable notebook timeline with timeline figures and more.
Introduction: How Do We Know What Happened?
SORTING: explore how different items have changed over time with these printable cards showing a telephone, cars and people
WRITING: Make a family timeline
WRITING: Make a personal pull out timeline.
POETRY: Here are a bunch of poems about the continents
ART: Read a selection from Motel of the Mysteries (the best pages to read IMO are 22-33 and then starting on page 52, it goes through the treasures that were found). Have your child draw a common everyday object and come up with an incorrect interpretation of it. Alternative- offer a selection of photos of everyday items to choose from. Think- stapler, tape dispenser, drinking glass, ruler, blinds, silverware, etc… If they think a television is a way to communicate with the gods, then what would they think of a computer?
LAPBOOKS: Geography lapbooks and printables
MINI BOOK: Download this PDF about archeology.
SOCIAL STUDIES: once you’ve found your artifacts, put a pot back together to explore how archaeologists do it!
LOOK: Do a google image search for “archaeology dig” or “archaeology excavation” to see examples of digs. Of course if there was a dig near you, go see it if you can.
SCIENCE: Do an archaeology dig to find artifacts.
SCIENCE: Are you in an area where you can go look for arrowheads? The best time is in the spring near the rivers after the winter flooding has receded. Also, newly plowed fields can be good places to look if you know some have been found there before.
MAPWORK: Peel an orange or a tangerine to show how maps aren’t true depictions of the globe
MAPWORK: This is a pretty cool map maker
MAPWORK: Use Google to locate as many current archaeological digs as you can and mark them on a world map.
LESSON PLAN: Layer Cake Archaeology (grades k-2)
LESSON PLAN: What Will Survive? – PDF Download (grades 6-10)
LESSON PLAN: Trash Talks – PDF Download (grade 5-12)
VIDEOS: What is Archaeology?
COMPUTER GAME: Play Dig It Up where you may dig up an ancient Roman town
Chapter 1: The Earliest People (7000 BCE)
READ: learn more about Hunting and Gathering
READ: learn about the first farmers
READ: Learn more about the first villages
LANGUAGE ARTS: Here’s a word search using vocabulary related to The Earliest People
LAPBOOK: Learn about animal tracks that the early nomads would have followed with this lapbook.
MINI BOOK: Download this PDF lapbook on Stone Age Peoples
NATURE STUDY / ART: Venture into a deep dark cave and make art by firelight, just like cavemen would have.
SCIENCE: Locate a cave and go spelunking!
SCIENCE: Take a nature walk to observe and gather a large river rock, berries, twigs, leaves, flower petals and maybe even some mud for a cave painting later in the week. Observe nature by pretending to be a nomad. How could you use the natural items you find on your walk? Where would you make your camp?
GEOGRAPHY: Understanding Geography’s Effect on Settlement in the Three Regions (7th grade)
ART: Take this virtual tour of a cave in France, with cave paintings. Click explore to look closer, then click back to tour to continue. What do you see? Who do you think made those paintings? With what materials? More articles with photos – Pictures of Cave Paintings in France, cave painting of hands, located in Argentina, Cave painting of a hunt, cave painting of an ox. Here is another lesson on cave art.
ART: Paint like a cave man on a brown sheet of paper and distress the paper to replicate a cave wall
ART: Here’s another fun way to display what you’re learning about cave art.
ART: Locate a large river rock. Make a “cave painting” on your rock with the berries and mud and nature things you found earlier this week. Think about what the ancient peoples would have seen around them and depict that on your rock. If you like, get out tempera paints and paintbrushes to paint more rocks.
ART: Make BIG cave art! Use large sheets of brown paper or open up a grocery bag and crumple it up to make the designs on.
NETFLIX INSTANT VIDEOS: Walking with Beasts, Walking with Cavemen, Quest for Fire
INTERACTIVE: Learn about stone age tools
read about the invention of the wheel. design your own wheeled cart?
Chapter 2: Egyptians Lived on the Nile River (3000bce)
MAPWORK: Here’s a map of Ancient Egypt with space for writing in names of cities, rivers, etc…
MAPWORK: Mapping the Physiographic Features of Egypt and the Near East (7th grade)
SCIENCE: Make a Nile River model with dirt, rocks, grass and more in a big pan. Flood it often.
COOKING: Bake Egyptian Flatbread (scroll down for recipe)
LANGUAGE ARTS: Here is a word search using vocabulary related to the Egyptians living on the Nile.
LANGUAGE ARTS: Complete some fun Egyptian themed mad libs
LANGUAGE ARTS: Ancient Egypt Children’s Book Project (7th grade)
ART: Learn more about ancient Egyptian art with this lesson plan
MAKE: create a diorama and reed boats of the Nile River
MAKE: Download this PDF figure of King Narmer to put together.
INTERACTIVE: Read this myth about the beginning of the world
VIDEOS: The First Pharoahs and others
GAME: print out and play this Ancient Egyptian game Mehen or the Snake Game
LAPBOOK: Ancient Egypt Lapbook – this covers all of Ancient Egypt- you might want to print it out and use each piece as you get to the appropriate chapter.
LESSON PLAN: The Nile River Project (7th grade)
Chapter 3: The First Writing (3200bce)
SOCIAL STUDIES (& MATH?): Read about Cuneiform and see some examples of tablets. Cut a slab of terra cotta clay and use a stick? to write on it. Use a cunieform alphabet or whatever you would like. Maybe do some math using Cuneiform numerals. (Cuneiform letter chart is also in the SOTW activity book pg 10)
VIDEOS: Written Word and others
INTERACTIVE: See some examples of ancient Papyrus
INTERACTIVE: Translate these Hieroglyphics to see what the story says.
INTERACTIVE: Learn more about the Rosetta Stone.
MAKE: Create your own papyrus.
READ: Read about the Rosetta Stone. Here’s a little more in depth. Why is it important? Place a date on your timeline for when it was created and for when it was discovered. You can do mapwork showing where it was discovered.
WRITING: Here’s another reading about the Rosetta Stone with examples of what each of the scripts on it look like. Use this lesson plan to create your own Rosetta stone. If you’re tired of using clay, you could just draw it all on neutral colored paper.
Chapter 4: The Old Kingdom of Egypt (until 2100bce)
MORE BOOKS: Hieroglyphs, The Day of Ahmed’s Secret, The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt, Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House, No. 3), Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Mummies Made in Egypt (Reading Rainbow Books), Eyewitness Books-Mummy, 100 Things You Should Know About Mummies
MATH: Build a pyramid. Maybe from sugar cubes, legos? We have this kit that I found at a thrift store and have been hoarding until this chapter.
MAPWORK / COOKING: Make a cookie map of Egypt.
MATH: print out and put together this scale model of the pyramid at Giza and then use the info on this page to compare the actual heights of things to see how big it is!
UNIT STUDY: Check out this great unit study on Ancient Egypt
LAPBOOK: Here’s a lapbook that folds up into a pyramid!
NETFLIX INSTANT: Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife, Egypt: Engineering an Empire, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs: IMAX
VIDEO: Learn how the pyramids may have been made with this video.
VIDEO: listen to this song about making mummies from a Horrible Histories episode
VIDEOS: Ancient Egypt and others
INTERACTIVE: Play Mummy Maker and learn about how mummies were made as you assist the Chief Embalmer
INTERACTIVE: I read it in the book of the dead – website to learn more and to make a mummy
INTERACTIVE: Explore an Egyptian Tomb with this activity
SCIENCE: For older kids, do an apple mummification experiment- Make an apple doll head (just steps 1-3) with 4 apples mummify one apple put one in dirt, put one in sand and leave one out in the air. Check on it each week or every other day and report what it looks like, how much does it weigh, replace the salt, sand or whatever was around it and keep going
MAKE: Paint wooden or cardboard boxes to create sarcophagi.
MAKE: make life-size sarcophagi by tracing your body on some butcher paper!
MAKE: Create some canopic jars
ART: Read about carvings done in a similar style to the paintings your read about earlier. Create a carving on a styrofoam meat tray (print it?) Go to the library and make rubbings of the pretty furniture outside the kid’s section. If your tablet is dry, make rubbings from it.
MAPWORK & WRITING: To show kids that life was happening and advancing around the world, learn a little about Stonehenge. Include it on your timeline. stonehenge“>Download these Notebooking and Mapwork pages (PDF Download) from Teach.Learn.Imagine. to do.
VIDEO: Learn about Stonehenge
MAKE: Make a lego Stonehenge
Spend some time reading about the pyramids and temples
Learn more about pyramids and sculptures.
Read about cat mummies. Why would the Ancient Egyptians mummify animals? (This reading is a little gruesome)
Here’s some more about Stonehenge and a nearby ancient village
Lots of info about how mummies were made
Chapter 5: The First Sumerian Dictator (2334bce)
MAPWORK: Obtain a map of the area. Locate and mark key locations from the stories on the map. Compare the map to a world map or globe and locate the area on the larger map.
VIDEO: The Legend of Sargon
INTERACTIVE: Play The Royal Game of UR online.
DRAMA: “Recreate the story of King Sargon, the first Sumerian dictator with a painted roll of butcher paper, a basket and some dolls.
SCIENCE: Explore the Royal Tombs of Ur
SOCIAL STUDIES: Read about the Royal Game of UR.
MAKE: create your own game board from foamcore or cardboard. use clay for the dice. play the game!
Chapter 6 The Jewish People
Chapter 7: Hammurabi and the Babylonians (1792bce)
MAPWORK: Obtain a map of the area. Locate and mark key locations from the stories on the map. Compare the map to a world map or globe and locate the area on the larger map.
WRITING: Make Your Own Family Law Stele, like the Code of Hammurabi, using butcher paper and markers. OR write with metallic markers on black foam core.
VIDEOS: Hammurabi’s Code of Laws
INTERACTIVE: Build a Ziggurat
LESSON PLAN: Here is a lesson plan for 7th grade with a video, reading and questions
Chapter 8: The Assyrians (3000-1200bce)
ART: Learn about the Bird Headed Deity with these lesson plans – Combining Human and Animal Forms, Deities & Superheroes, How to Decorate a Palace, So, What are you Trying to Say?, Tales of Superheroes, What We Value
LITERATURE STUDIES: Possibly for older kids. The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor is an epic poem. Here is a lesson plan about epic poetry.
LITERATURE STUDIES: Read about the epic hero cycle. What are some other epic stories? Modern and older. Read and/or watch some: Princess Bride, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Epic of Giglamesh, The Odyessy, The Iliad, Wizard of Oz. Here’s a PDF worksheet about the epic hero cycle. How does the Shipwrecked Sailor fit? What about the other epic stories you’ve read?
VIDEO: Watch this video of Captain Picard relating the Epic of Gilgamesh
MAPWORK: Obtain a map of the area. Locate and mark key locations from the stories on the map. Compare the map to a world map or globe and locate the area on the larger map. VIDEOS: The Epic of Gilgamesh
NETFLIX STREAMING: Ancient Mesopotamia
VIDEO: Here’s a version told to music
WRITING: Write your own fairy tales.
WRITING: Write a different ending to the Epic of Gilgamesh.
WRITING: The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem- do you remember epic poems from The Shipwrecked Sailor? How do these two epics compare? Write your own epic poem or story.
Chapter 9: The First Cities of India (2000-1750bce)
MAPWORK: Obtain a map of the area. Locate and mark key locations from the stories on the map. Compare the map to a world map or globe and locate the area on the larger map.
ART: Read about Rangoli Designs from India create a rangoli with colored sand- on paper with glue for a permanent one or on a plate or tabletop.
ART: indus valley art and carve seals in a chunk of balsa wood or in a piece of styrofoam.
MAKE: Read about toys and games. Use terra cotta clay to make toys like described in the text?
MAKE: Make the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro with clay bricks (from terra cotta clay) look at pictures read about it here
GAME: play Parcheesi, which is very similar to the game Pacheesi, an ancient game in India
VIDEO: Indus Valley History
INTERACTIVE: play an Indus Valley trading game
WRITING: Write a newspaper about the Indus Valley
LESSON PLAN: Unlocking the Secrets of Mohenjo-Daro (7th grade)
Chapter 10: The Far East: Ancient China (2690/ 1766-1122bce)
VIDEOS: How Silk Is Made and another
LAPBOOK: Ancient China Lapbook
MAKE: Make a Chinese lanterns
Chapter 11: Ancient Africa (3500bce)
VIDEO: Anansi & The Pot of Beans
COOKING: Make Fried Plaintains
ART: check out this unit on African Art with lesson plans and more.
LAPBOOKS: Lots of lapbooks on African books, animals and African countries
Chapter 12: The Middle Kingdom of Egypt (2040-1720bce)
GAME: Learn about the game Senet. Make your own gameboard and sticks and play! You can also play online at this link.
INTERACTIVE: Take a tour of Ancient Egypt with 360 degree views!
INTERACTIVE: Read more about Ancient Egypt
INTERACTIVE: tour a tomb with this game called Tomb of the Unknown Mummy
INTERACTIVE: just for fun, drag the people and animals around the pyramids in this online game
VIDEO: The Middle Kingdom
ART: Create Egyptian style jewelry by making rolled paper beads and stringing them.
ART: Design a Sarcophagus
ART: Read about the Sphinx and then sculpt your own sphinx. Why would the sphinx be covered with sand?
MAKE: Create “gold” bracelets from toilet paper rolls and gold paint.
LAPBOOK: Make a lapbook about ancient Egypt
LESSON PLAN: Creating Illustrated Journals About Ancient Egyptian Daily Life for 7th grade
Chapter 13: The New Kingdom of Egypt (1524-1325bce)
MAPWORK: Download and complete this layered map of the various kingdoms of Egypt.
MORE BOOKS: Who Was King Tut?
INTERACTIVE: Learn about the Ancient Punt ship and Pharoah Hatshepsut’s fabled trip to Punt
INTERACTIVE: Learn more about Egypt with this cool site. – includes a word search, jigsaw, timeline and more!
INTERACTIVE: Hatshepsut’s Revenge – Play this choose your own adventure story about a Mystery in king Tut’s palace
INTERACTIVE: Learn more and see photos of King Tut’s tomb
VIDEO: King Tut Exhibit Video
VIDEO: A Priviledged Life and more
COPYWORK: This is a copywork pack of quotes from Ankenaten – it costs $1, but was so inexpensive, I thought it was worth it to include.
ART: Read about Amarna Art and how Amenhotep wanted depictions of himself to be more personal.
ART: Draw King Tut
LESSON PLAN: Sounds of the Past: Identifying Instruments in Modern Egyptian Music (7th grade)
Chapter 14: The Israelites Leave Egypt
Chapter 15: The Phoenicians (1200-700bce)
CRAFT / DRAMA: Create a Phoenician styled ship and play a trading game
VIDEO: Phoenician Trading and others
MAKE: Dye some pasta with purple and make a necklace.
MAKE: Dye some yarn with purple dye (use grape juice or blueberries) and fingerknit with it.
UNIT: The Phoenicians and the Beginnings of the Alphabet. Here is an interactive Phoenician alphabet.
WRITING: Use this Phoenician alphabet to write your name. Remember that Phoenicians wrote from right to left! And they didn’t use vowels.
WRITING: The Phoenician alphabet did not include vowels. Write a letter without using vowels. Can the recipient understand what you wrote?
MATH: Use this number chart and do some math!
Chapter 16: The Return of Assyria (1300-627bce)
VIDEOS: Babylon & Assyria and more
MATH: Build an Assyrian siege machine from legos
ART: Look at this example Assyrian art. Design your own creature that incorporates various animal and human features.
Read more about the Assyrians
Chapter 17: Babylon Takes Over Again! (605-561bce)
VIDEO: Babylon’s Hanging Gardens
ART: Here are ideas about what the “Hanging Gardens” may have looked like. Draw what you think it would have looked like.
SCIENCE: Build a small terraced garden- maybe with herbs….
Chapter 18: Life in Early Crete (2200-1450bce)
VIDEO: Atlantis, Cyprus and more
DO: Read about Theseus and the Minotaur, now do some mazes- here is a very simple one to do online, here is a harder one to do online, this one is a harder maze race to play online. print out some mazes from this site and do them. another reading about Daedalus and the Labyrinth
ART: Create frescos – these were done in a plastic lid- is it plausible to make them bigger? On a wall? Outside, maybe on the fence? We’ll need some plaster. Here is a fresco gallery to look at first.
MOVIES: Labyrinth, Ulysses
LESSON PLAN: Crete and Mycenae: Identifying the Roots of Greek Civilization (7th grade)
Chapter 19: The Early Greeks (1200-700bce)
VIDEO / MAKE: Watch a video about the Mycenaeans and then make a mask of Agamemnon
VIDEO: Early Greeks and more
ART: Learn about Greek art with this complete lesson plan
ART: Make Greek Masks (put on a Greek play?)
READ: read about the Trojan Horse. Build a horse with room inside?
WRITE: Various Notebooking Pages to download – themes of Hoplites, Acropolis, Greek Chariot, Medusa, Apollo, Greek Masks, and also some Greek coins to download
LESSON PLAN: The Odyssey Assignment (7th grade)
Chapter 20: Greece Gets Civilized Again (800bce)
PE: Read about the olympics and do olympic themed things
PE: click here and then click on go to the Olympic games down below and do the activity
UNIT: Check out this whole unit on Ancient Greece, including pages for vocab, lapbook printables, geography, daily life and much much more!
LESSON PLAN: Tracing the Development of Democracy in Ancient Greece (7th grade)
LAPBOOK: ancient greek lapbook
VOCABULARY: Visit this page and scroll down to the vocabulary minibook. Download, print and fill out.
ART: Make a papier mache Grecian urn. This is a great technique to make some very realistic looking urns!
ART: Learn about Ancient Greek Columns and then sketch them. (Maybe a notebooking page with 3 boxes and lines for writing about each type of column?)
ART / MATH: Create columns from paper tubes
INTERACTIVE: Learn more about Ancient Greece with this fun site!
INTERACTIVE: Watch and Read some of Aesop’s fables online.
INTERACTIVE: Play this Hare and Tortoise game online
VIDEO: Learn about the Parthenon
VIDEO: Learn about the world’s first computer which was built by the Greeks and lost in a shipwreck.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Play this Adventures in Ancient Greece game
MATH: Roll up a sheet of paper and secure with tape. Balance a book on top of the column. Will it hold the book? Add another book. Add another. How many books will the column hold? Make 4 columns and see how many books 4 (one in each corner) will hold.
LANGUAGE ARTS: After reading some of the fables, use fablechart“>this chart (PDF download) to write about what you’ve read.
LANGUAGE ARTS: What are the characteristics of a fable? Write your own fable.
WRITING: Write your name in Greek letters
Chapter 21: The Medes and the Persians (700-525bce)
COOKING: Read about Faloodeh, the ancestor of ice cream and then make some! (400BCE, but we’re fibbing a little to fit it in).
ART: Learn about geometric patterns in Islamic art with this lesson plan
ART: Make bookmarks in the style of Persian rugs.
LESSON PLAN: Understanding the Persian Wars (7th grade)
Chapter 22: Sparta and Athens (600s bce)
COMPARE & CONTRAST: Use a compare and contrast notebooking page to write out the differences between Sparta and Athens
SOCIAL STUDIES: What sort of activity could be done about the politics in Athens- learn about democracy, do some voting…
VIDEOS: Sparta and Athens were very different cities. See the videos here to see what each city focused on
LESSON PLAN: Touring Athens During the Golden Age (7th grade)
LESSON PLAN: Greek Against Greek: Athens vs. Sparta (7th grade)
Chapter 23: The Greek Gods
READ: What are myths? How have they shaped our culture? Why are they important?
READING: Read some stories of Greek Heroes
READ: Read from The Book of Goddesses – about these goddesses: Athena and Maia
READ & THINK: Read Hercules and the Wagoner (pg52) in The Children’s Book of Virtues. What virtue does this story teach us about?
READ: Read the Story of Dionysis and The Sword of Damocles from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin on Project Gutenberg
INTERACTIVE: Greek Gods and Heroes
INTERACTIVE: Learn more about what makes a myth and then write one of your own with this online game
LESSON PLAN: This is a good lesson plan and starting point for teaching about Persephone and Hades.
ONLINE VIDEO: Here’s a great cartoon version of the story of Persephone and Hades.
OTHER VIDEOS: Jim Henson’s the Story Teller: Greek Myths – these are awesome!!
ART / RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Make a mobile showing the family tree of the Greek gods and goddesses.
WRITING: Ancient Greece Notebooking Pages
Chapter 24: The Wars of the Greeks (431-399bce)
NETFLIX STREAMING: Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
INTERACTIVE: Learn about the history of catapults
MAKE: Make a Greek Shield
READ: About The Brave Three Hundred in Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin on Project Gutenberg
READ: Pericles (Pages 119-128) in Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children. Read about the real Pericles. How are the stories different? Similar? Why might Shakespeare, from the 1600s have written about Pericles from so long ago?
greeks at war
Chapter 25: Alexander the Great (336-323bce)
READ: After Alexander the Great died, the Colossus of Rhodes was built. Read about it here. Compare the Colossus to the Statue of Liberty!
CRITICAL THINKING: Get out some dried beans and examine them like these famous philosophers might have done.
NETFLIX STREAMING: Beyond the Movie: Alexander
GAME: Print out and play Digging Up Greece, a board game
MAKE: The Greeks used wax tablets for writing notes and everyday writing. Here’s an idea to replicate what it might have been like to use a waxed tablet. Making a real one seems fairly easy though. Maybe for younger kids, a parent should do the chiseling part. Here‘s another site with more info. And one more.
LESSON PLAN: Alexander the Great: Hero or Villain? (7th grade)
LESSON PLAN: Recognizing Ancient Greek Achievements in the Modern World
LESSON PLAN: Discovering References to Greek Mythology in Popular Expressions (7th grade)
LESSON PLAN: Significant Figures in Ancient Greece (7th grade)
Read more about Alexander The Great
Chapter 26: The People of the Americas (Nazca, Olmec)
MAPWORK: Mark the areas where the Nazca and the Olmec lived.
ART: Using chalk, try drawing your own Nazca picture on a large blacktop area… at a park? your patio? an empty parking lot?
MAKE: here are some coloring pages of the Nazca lines (click on the image to get a color-able version)
VIDEOS: Olly Steeds has a few short videos about what the Nazca lines might be about. The order for watching them is: Solving the Nazca Puzzle, UFOs in Ancient Peru and then Water Witching Test. There’s another video on there about the Nazca too- The Real Temple of Doom.
MATH: Put this tessellation puzzle together. (better for older kids)
Even though it appears that the earliest evidence for Native Americans in the far north is from about 900AD, I’m going to introduce them here to continue the theme that things were happening all over the world all at the same time. Just because there’s no evidence, does not mean that people weren’t living there!
INTERACTIVE: Learn more about the First Nations and Inuit people with this website.
ONLINE VIDEO: Watch this you tube video about Inuksuk.
LAPBOOK: lots of great mini books to create a lapbook about Arctic regions
INTERACTIVE: Read and listen to the Inuit creation story
Here’s some more to read about the lines
Read some more about the Olmecs
Here’s a very in depth writing about the Olmecs
Read about Olmec mythology
Here’s a good general reading about the Olmecs
Chapter 27: The Rise of Rome
LOOK: Here’s a picture of what a fasces looked like. If you don’t have access to an old dime with a fasces on the back, here’s one to look at. The fasces symbol occurs often in American culture- here are some places to see it:
The National Guard Bureau Seal
Seal of the United States Senate
Lincoln’s hands rest on 2 fasces with the axes removed in the Lincoln Memorial
4 Fasces flank the memorial of Lincoln at the memorial of the Gettysburg Address
State seal of Colorado
Statue of George Washington
Knights of Columbus emblem
Above the door to Chicago’s city hall
WRITE: Here’s the Etruscan Alphabet. How is it the same and different from other alphabets we’ve seen so far? Write your name and some words.
READ: Not much is known about the Etruscans. Read a little here.
ART: Here (PPT Download) is a power point presentation on Etruscan art.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Read this article about how Romulus and Remus may have been real. What do you think?
SOCIAL STUDIES: Here’s some more about all the different versions of the story.
LESSON PLAN: Discovering Etruscan and Greek Influences on Roman Civilizations (8th grade)
LESSON PLAN: Patricians and Pleibeians: Struggle for Power (8th grade)
Chapter 28: The Roman Empire
INTERACTIVE: Gallery of Roman Mosaics
INTERACTIVE: Take a tour of a Roman town and learn about the different sections
NETFLIX STREAMING: Colosseum: A Gladiator’s Story
ART: Look at some Roman Mosaics, like this one of Alexander The Great. Here’s more. Create a mosaic… use colored squares of paper, broken pieces of ceramic on wood or flat marbles on a window…. You can try out a mosaic online first.
READ: Although most of the Roman gods and goddesses were borrowed from the Greeks, and later on from the Egyptians and other cultures, there were some that were of Roman origin. Janus is one of those. Read about Janus. Print out this Janus mask and color it, or make your own!
MATH: Use post-it notes to make mosaics. Patterning, following a diagram
COOKING: Learn about Ancient Roman recipes and try one or two. Libum (sweet cheesecake), Mulsum (honeyed wine) (adults only of course) and Boiled Eggs with Pine Nut Sauce look pretty easy!
CREATIVE WRITING: Read about the city of Rome. Now, write a guidebook to the city: What were Rome’s most famous landmarks or buildings? How would someone travel to Rome or around Rome? Look at guidebooks from other cities to get ideas. ART: Read about Roman art.
MATH: Learn about arches and build one. How much weight can it hold? Test it.
MATH: Build a working aqueduct (grade 7)
UNIT: It’s Greek to Me! Greek and Roman Mythology PDF Download (grade 3)
LESSON PLAN: Dolls in Tunics and Teddies in Togas (grades 5-12)
LESSON PLAN: Writing a Travel Guide About Daily Life in Ancient Rome (8th grade)
Read about the Roman gods
Interactive Reading about the gods
even more on Roman gods!
Read about the gladiators
Here’s a neat layout of a Roman house with links to pictures of reconstructed versions.
Chapter 29: Rome’s Wars With Carthage (254-202bce)
INTERACTIVE: Dress a Roman Soldier and learn about the items they had and carried
SOCIAL STUDIES: Download this lesson plan on Rome’s expansion
SOCIAL STUDIES: Print out these elephant outlines one from the front view and one from the side view. Draw what it must have looked like for the Romans to see the Elephants crashing toward them. What would they have had on their backs? What would they have been pulling?
LESSON PLAN: Understanding the Punic Wars Between Rome and Carthage (8th grade)
Chapter 30: The Aryans of India (563-483bce)
MUSIC: Listen to some Indian music. What sorts of instruments do you hear? How does the music make you feel? How does it make your body want to move?
RELIGIOUS STUDY: An older child can read the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and write a book report about it. Are there any similarities between Siddhartha’s life and any other religious figures you’ve learned about?
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Here are some techniques for guided meditation to try out.
SCIENCE / PE: Create a miniature of Barbur’s garden and then play Horses and Elephants to reenact the war in which the Moghul’s gained power.
INTERACTIVE: Deciphering Buddhist Art
VIDEO: Here’s another Life of the Buddha
VIDEO: Watch a video on Buddhist meditation.
LESSON PLAN: Discovering the Buddha’s Path to Enlightenment (7th grade)
FURTHER READING: Read more about Buddha
Chapter 31: The Mauryan Empire of India (321-233bce)
VIDEOS: Watch these animated Jataka videos online. What lessons do they teach?
LESSON PLAN: A Lesson plan utilizing Buddhist folktales
LESSON PLAN: Creating a Mandala of Hindu Beliefs (7th grade)
LESSON PLAN: Interpreting Ashoka’s Edicts (7th grade)
Chapter 32: China: Writing and the Qin (230-212bce)
ART: Read about Chinese Shadow Puppets, Here’s some more info. Make your own shadow puppets to your favorite story or a story of your own making. Make the designs on cardstock and glue them to popsicle sticks. Make a theater by putting up a sheet with a bright light behind it. Remember to keep out of the way of the light!
ART: Create good fortune banners for Chinese New Year with some simple Chinese characters
ART: Learn Chinese paper cutting and make some.
MAKE: Create Emperor Qin’s hat and read a little about him on this site.
NETFLIX STREAMING: Modern Marvels: The Great Wall of China, China’s Terracotta Warriors
MATH: Build a Great Wall with sugar cubes or those terra cotta bricks you might have already made.
MATH: Tangram Puzzles
WRITING: here are some Chinese idioms to download. Copy some onto scrolls?
LESSON PLAN: Examining the Reign of Qin Shi Huang Di (7th grade)
Chapter 33: Confucius (551-479bce)
SCIENCE: read about kites and make a kite from thin paper or a plastic bag and some balsa wood sticks – maybe let kids brainstorm how they think a kite could be made and try out their ideas. Do they work? Why or why not? What can we try differently?
RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY: Read about Chinese deities and compare the idea of deities versus philosophers like Confucius. Read from The Book of Goddesses – about these goddesses: Hsi Wang Mu, Chang O and Kuan Yin
NETFLIX STREAMING: Biography: Confucius: Words of Wisdom
LESSON PLAN: Learning About Three Ways of Thought: Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism (7th grade)
UNIT: Confucius: Life & Influence (7th grade)
Chapter 34: The Rise of Julius Caesar (100bce)
Chapter 35: Caesar the Hero (100-44bce)
MAPWORK: Look at this map and read about why the Romans invaded Britain.
MORE BOOKS: Cleopatra
READ: Read about Caesar’s invasion of Britain and learn how the British fought back
READ: Learn about Caratacus a king of some British tribes, who fought back against the Romans. Use his quote “If you want to rule the world, does it follow that everyone else welcomes enslavement?” for copywork.
WRITING: Have the child write 5 facts they’ve learned about Julius Caesar.
LANGUAGE ARTS: “Crossing the Rubicon” is something that Julius Caesar did literally, and is now a term that we use figuratively, meaning that something is done that cannot be undone. It is called an idiom. An idiom is a phrase where the combination of words means something different than its literal meaning or the meaning of each individual word. Read Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. Have the children identify the idioms and state what was actually meant. Here’s a lesson plan on idioms, using the book More Parts by Tedd Arnold.
INTERACTIVE: Play a game to identify the meaning of some idioms.
NETFLIX STREAMING: Cleopatra (1963)
LESSON PLAN: Debating Whether Military Expansion Helped or Hurt Rome (8th grade)
The Met has an ancient Egyptian D20.
Chapter 36: The First Roman Prince (43-14bce)
READ: PBS mini series The Roman Empire episode one synopsis is about Augustus Caesar and how he ruled.
READ: Read about some of the Emperors after Augustus in the synopsis of Episode 2 of the PBS mini series The Roman Empire
READ: Augustus and Julius had months named after them. Here’s a quick blurb about how the calendar was named. Here’s a little more about how we organize our days. Learn more about what the ancient Roman calendar looked like
NETFLIX STREAMING: watch this video about the ancient city of Petra. Do you recognize the entrance? Where have you seen it before? The Hidden City of Petra Consider watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Chapter 37: The Beginning of Christianity
LESSON PLAN: The Beginnings of Christianity (8th grade)
Chapter 38: The End of the Ancient Jewish Nation
LESSON PLAN: The Modern Synagogue: A Reflection of Jewish Traditions (8th grade)
Chapter 39: Rome and the Christians
READ: more true information about the great fire in Rome and Nero
UNIT: Rome and Early Christian Art PDF Download (grade 3)
Chapter 40: Rome Begins to Weaken (61-63ad)
POWER POINT: Download and view this Power Point presentation on Boudicca’s Revolt. Make a storyboard in 6 parts of what happened in the presentation.
POWERPOINT: Find some powerpoint presentations on Boudicca to learn from
INTERACTIVE: Play this little game about the Romans in Scotland
INTERACTIVE: Why did the British rebel?
INTERACTIVE: Learn more about Pompeii and the volcano with these interactive exhibits.
VIDEO: Listen to this song about Boudicca from Horrible Histories
READ: Read about Rome’s power weakening in this synopsis of the PBS mini series The Roman Empire
READ: Learn about Boudicca the Celtic queen who led the rebellion against the Romans
READ: Mount Vesuvius is a volcano that erupted in 79AD. It buried 2 towns under 9 feet of volcanic ash. Read a little about the cities and the volcano.
ART: Learn how to draw a volcano with chalk pastels
LESSON PLAN: Creating Columns to Evaluate Roman Emperors (8th grade)
Chapter 41: The Attacking Barbarians (395-453ad)
READ: Read about Alaric leader of the Visigoths.
Chapter 42: The End of Rome (475-476ad)
MAPWORK: The 2nd page of this PDF download is a Map of the Roman EmpireThis is a blank map of the same area to fill in.
NETFLIX STREAMING: Secrets of the Dead: Lost Ships of Rome
INTERACTIVE: Play Dig It Up a game about digging at a Roman town site
READ: Learn more about Romulus Augustus and what the Visigoths did after they destroyed Rome
LESSON PLAN: Culminating Project: Creating a Mobile to Compare Ancient Civilizations (7th grade)
So there you have it! But wait, you have some questions?
Why doesn’t every chapter have a lot of activities?
In most case, the answer is simply because I haven’t located them yet. I’m working on it! Do you know of an activity that fits in a certain chapter? Email me with the URL of the activity and in which chapter you think it would best fit.
No worksheets or coloring pages? Why not?
For the most part, we don’t use coloring pages and worksheets, so I didn’t look for them. I am not above adding them in though because a lot of people do use them. If you know of one, email me with the URL of the activity and in which chapter you think it would best fit.