The earliest people were nomadic, but when they settled they formed communities that left traces which modern people can analyze to learn more about the past. Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is the site of many Biblical stories, and also many archaeological digs.
In class activities:
- Created covers for our ancient history notebooks
- Dug for artifacts
- Analyzed clues to solve a modern archaeological mystery
Optional lesson extension activities:
- Create your own "treasure rocks" to excavate just like an archaeologist. Recipe available here, along with other fun archaeology projects.
- Memorize the days of creation with these simple hand motions. To make it even more fun, try adding the motions to a creation song.
- Learn about the flood with this beautiful book and audio cd by Tom Dooley
Assignment for 9/15:
- Discuss: What is an archaeologist? Why are they interested in old broken things? Is it okay for Christians to study archaeology?
- Read history cards: Old Testament & Ancient Egypt (OT) 5-8