Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Help the Ancients pick the Best Home in Egypt

By Eileen Massey
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"What are the reasons people settle in one area instead of another?"

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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • Humans have basic needs that must be met in order for a community to thrive.
  • Understanding the physiographic features of an area can help students understand why some civilizations thrive and others fail.
Learning Objectives
  • Students will construct a map of Egypt and the surrounding areas showing major physiographic features.
  • Students will collaborate to determine the importance of the features to human survival.
  • Students will select the best spot to start the first Egyptian settlement based on the environment's ability to meet basic needs.
California Content Standards
History and Social Science
Grades 6-8. Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills
Chronological and Spatial Thinking
HSS.6-8.3. Students use a variety of maps and documents to identify physical and cultural features of neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries and to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and the growth of economic systems.
Grade Six. World History and Geography: Ancient Civilizations
HSS.6.2. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.
HSS.6.2.1. Locate and describe the major river systems and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement and early civilizations.