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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Introducing Project

Instructional Time: 45 minutes a day for 1 day

Process:
1) Teacher intoroduces the project by telling students
- their goal is to answer the essential question: What are the reasons people settle in one area instead of another?
- they will be given an outline map of Egypt
- they will explore the physiographic features of Egypt.
- after studying and discussing the major features, they will figure out where the best place is for the very first settlement.

2) Use Inspiration software to collect ideas from students about what people need in order for their settlement to survive and thrive.

3) Next use Inspiration software to collect ideas from students about what they might find in Egypt. For example, ask students:
- “What do people need in order to survive and thrive?
- What do people look for when they are looking for a place to settle?”

4) Teacher presents the outline map on the computer connected to the classroom T.V. and challenges students to add physiographic features in order to figure out where they would place Egypt's first settlement. The teacher demonstrates how to find the features and place them on the map.

California Content Standards
History and Social Science
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.

Resources:
 ResourceTypeRequirementsFile
1.InspirationotherHardware:
Mac
PC

Software:
Inspiration


Method of Checking for Understanding:
Observations