Making geography come alive
This week was an intensive jump into asking ourselves how geography and climate affected how and where ancient civilizations developed. We studied the varied geography of ancient China and how deserts and mountains protected the civilization from outsiders. We analyzed a map of India and debated which parts (the rivers, deserts, mountains, or plateaus) would have been most likely to support an ancient civilization. We acted out a map of ancient Egypt with kids lying in a line for the Nile river, swaying their arms for the Mediterranean sea, and acting appropriate hostile for the surrounding deserts.
Final project expectations
We also discussed the list of expectations for the final project. Each group will be responsible for creating their own broadcast news program from one of the ancient civilizations we are studying! Here's some more detail of what will be required:
BROADCAST NEWS PROJECT REQUIREMENTS
How does climate affect human societies and how do human societies affect climate?
Your news show should meet the following general expectations: