Station 1 - Geography of Mesopotamia

In this station you will look at the geography of Mesopotamia and how it impacted the people who lived there. You will look at a passage from a textbook and take Cornell notes on the passage.




This station meets the following NC Social Studies Essential Standards:
6.G.1.1 - Explain how the physical features and human characteristics of a place influenced the development of civilizations, societies and regions.
6.G.1.4 - Explain how and why civilizations, societies, and regions have used, modified, and adapted to their environments.
6.G.2.1 - Use maps, charts, graphs, geographic data and available technology tools to draw conclusions about the emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations, societies, and regions.


Station 2 - Crazy Cuneiform

This station will have you learning about the first writing system on earth. You will read a passage about the culture of the ancient civilization Sumer and take Cornell notes on the passage. You will also learn how to write using the ancient system and you will write your name as it would have appeared thousands of years ago.




This station meets the following NC Social Studies Essential Standards:
6.C.1.1 - Analyze how cultural expressions reflected the values of civilizations, societies, and regions.
6.C.1.3 - Summarize systems of social structure within various civilizations and societies over time.

Write Like a Babylonian

Station 3 - Code of Hammurabi
This station will investigate the laws of ancient Mesopotamia. You will look at the Code of Hammurabi, some of the earliest recorded laws. You will complete a dialectical journal which will look at your opinion of the laws. After that you will analyze several scenarios and determine your punishment for the infractions.


You be the Judge: Hammurabi's Code


This station meets the following NC Social Studies Essential Standards:
6.C&G.1.1 - Explain the origins and structures of various governmental systems.
6.C&G.1.2 - Summarize the ideas that shaped political thought in various civilizations, societies, and regions.
6.H.2..2 - Compare historical and contemporary events and issues to understand continuity and change.




Station 4 - Inventions of Mesopotamia
At this station you will look at some of the most important inventions of Mesopotamia. You will look at an Invention Sheet and take Cornell notes for each invention. After you have taken notes, you will create a sales advertisement that tries to sell what you think is the most important invention of the era.

This station meets the following NC Social Studies Essential Standards:
6.H.2.3 - Explain how innovation and/or technology transformed civilizations, societies, and regions over time.
6.G.1.4 - Explain how and why civilizations, societies, and regions have used, modified, and adapted to their environments.

Station 5 - Trade in Mesopotamia
This station will have you looking at an article discussing trade in Mesopotamia followed by an animated version of life in Mesopotamia. You will finish this station up by completing a Blubbr quiz online.



Lego Mesopotamia - Part 1
Lego Mesopotamia - Part 2
Blubbr Quiz


This station meets the following NC Social Studies Essential Standards:

6.E.1.1 - Explain how conflict, compromise, and negotiation over the availability of resources impacted the economic development of various civilizations, societies, and regions.
6.E.1.2 - Explain how quality of life is impacted by economic choices of civilizations, societies, and regions.