Unit 2, Ancient Mesopotamia; Lesson 2: Sumer and the Fertile Crescent

Note:  TTW= The Teacher Will; TSW= The Students Will; GCR= Google Classroom 

Standard(s):  6.06: The Fertile Crescent

A. Clear Target:  I can explain the nicknames of the Mesopotamian area (Fertile Crescent; Cradle of Civilization) and how the geography of the area played a part in those names.

B. Bell Ringer: In your own words, what about the geography of the fertile crescent led to civilization being established there?

C. Set: TTW lead a discussion on the clear target and or bell ringer to ensure that the students understand it/them.  TTW lead a discussion on the assignment from the day before to ensure understanding.

D. Presentation of New Material: Watch the Haastyle History Video and take notes on the presentation.  Take notes by watching the video and completing the fill in the blank portions of the notes page.  The notes page for today’s lesson is linked here: Lesson 2, Sumer and the Fertile Crescent Notes.  Here is the link for the video:  Here is the link for today’s Haastyle History for you to take notes on.

Video in Video N/A

Simulation:  N/A

E. Guided Practice: TTW demonstrate for the students how to: Find and open the document; use the document; turn in the document when completed.  TTW have a student share their screen and demonstrate all of the steps.  TTW assist, and have the class assist the student demonstrator with answering the first question.

F. Independent Practice: TSW complete the assignment listed  below.

Click this link to complete the Fertile Crescent Activity from GCR.  There are two questions that you have to answer in the form of a written response.  Make sure to use complete sentences in your answers.

GCR Directions:  N/A

G. Closure: After the students complete the Haastyle History, TSW answer the following question in the chat window of Zoom: Why was Mesopotamia called the Fertile Crescent (Make sure that you use the elements of Geography, and how those elements contributed to the name in your answer)?

Assessment:  Question and answer/Discussions/The guided practice/Closure discussion/Quiz if used/ Exit Ticket if used

H. Enrichment: TSW listen to a lecture and or discussion led by the teacher if applicable/complete a reading and work on their notebook packet.  The link to the presentations to complete the notebook packets are here: Presentations



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