Thursday, May 29, 2014

Teaching Ancient History 3rd Grade

We spent most of the Fall and Winter this past year studying Ancient History. We used a book I purchased online called "History Pockets" as a starting point. The book covered 6 ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient China, and the Aztec World.

The book offered a great introduction to Ancient History with lots of hands on activities for each civilization.

I supplemented each lesson with additional work:

  • Using a dictionary to look up words
  • Researching online to see pictures of costumes, houses, utensils and other artifacts
  • Discussing and comparing life in each of those time periods
 Once we completed all the of the lessons, we took a trip to a museum to see some of the things we had studied about. We were very lucky to find a museum near us that has a wonderful exhibition on almost all of these Ancient Civilizations.

Some of the things we saw and were able to tie in to our lessons were:

  • Tools
  • Utensils
  • Jewelry
  • Coins
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Bedding
  • Food bowls
  • Decorative bowls
  • Sculptures
  • Mosaics
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Tombstones
  • Modes of transportation



We had an amazing time exploring and learning about these 6 Ancient Civilizations. Buttercup learned so much new vocabulary and lots of interesting facts about life so, so long ago. It was really fun to hear her viewpoint on the differences between life then and now.
One of the most interesting things to come out of these lessons was learning that those Ancient Civilizations contributed a lot to the things we have now and things we still use today: written language, arenas, domes and arches, the plow to name just a few.
If you are interested in Ancient Civilizations or would like to introduce it to your child, I highly recommend this book.

Happy Homeschooling Adventures!

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