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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Answering the Essential Question

Instructional Time: 45 minutes

After student groups present their project, the class votes to choose the class answer to the essential question.

The winning group can receive a certificate or other reward for their achievement.

As a homework assignment, students write a reflection on the process, the selection and what they have learned that can be applied to other situations.

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.

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Student Work