Take your students on a virtual field trip to learn the geography of ancient Mesopotamia. Using a combination of Google Earth 360-degree views, informational text, video, and visuals, your students will learn about and explore 5 geographic locations of ancient Mesopotamia: the Black Sea, Persian Gulf, Tigris-Euphrates River System, Mediterranean Sea, and the Zagros Mountains.
Your students will learn about:
:: geographic location of ancient Mesopotamia
:: modern-day countries of the Middle East
:: geographic features of Mesopotamia (fertile crescent)
:: Black Sea & ancient shipwrecks
:: Persian Gulf & trade
:: Tigris-Euphrates River System (fertile valley)
:: Mediterranean Sea & wind & currents
:: Zagros Mountains & underworld
This Virtual Field Trip Includes:
:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)
:: Drag & Drop Map Skills throughout (answer key included)
:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)
:: Google Earth Links to 360-degree views
:: Grading Rubric
:: Everything is set up in Google Slides & ready to go!
How it Works:
This virtual field trip can be conducted teacher-led or shared with students through Google Classroom as an independent assignment. Everything is set up for you. This resource is LOW PREP and would even make great sub plans. Student directions are found within the lesson, and direct links are included to specific Google Earth™ locations. All work is completed digitally. No printing necessary.
This virtual field trip is structured. This means that the informational text and links are meaningful and are meant to lead students to think critically as they respond to the questions throughout the virtual field trip. Map skills are integrated throughout in the form of Drag & Drop activities. This is also a great way to keep students accountable as they learn and explore. All response questions are EDITABLE, so you can tailor to your class needs.
:: Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text
:: Washington State Social Studies Standards for 6th grade World Civilizations.
:: Tennessee 6th Grade World Civilizations Standards
Grading Rubric & Answer Key:
A grading rubric is included which assesses: accuracy, thoroughness, validity, and writing conventions. Answers will vary throughout, as students are recording their observations and findings. I have also included an answer key for all of the mapping activities so that you can quickly assess student work.
Please note that students will need to access Google Earth™ to complete this assignment. Google Earth™ can be accessed on a desktop using Chrome as the browser. If using a tablet or smartphone, simply download the Google Earth App before starting the virtual field trip.
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Thank you! Have a blessed day.
Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.
Social Studies Education, K-12
Elementary Education K-8
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