Ancient History Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities for Kids and Teachers Illustration

In ancient times, all over the world, early people joined together to create villages, city-states, nations and empires.

 
 

Archaeologists and scientists look for ways to learn about ancient people by studying their geography, government, religion, inventions, and daily life, to discover how people lived and what they accomplished thousands of years ago. Archaeologists have learned a great deal about these early civilizations from the artifacts (man-made objects) they left behind. Come meet your clever, creative ancestors! They were a riot!

For Teachers

Archaeology for Teachers

Early Humans for Teachers

Mesopotamia (Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) for Teachers

Ancient Egypt for Teachers

Ancient Greece for Teachers

Ancient Rome for Teachers

Ancient China for Teachers

Ancient India for Teachers

Ancient Japan

Phoenicians, Hittites

Ancient Hebrews

Ancient Persians, Persian Empire

Iron Age Celts for Teachers

7 Wonders for Kids and Teachers

Ancient Roots, Modern Holidays for Kids and Teachers

The Middle Ages in Europe

The Incredible Inca Empire

The Mysterious Maya Empire

The Awesome Aztec Empire

African Kingdoms

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format for Ancient Civilizations 

Multiple Civilizations Lesson Plan, Overviews

Free Ancient History Clipart

Real Life Artifacts

Free Use PowerPoints about Ancient Civilizations

Our Free Presentations in PowerPoint format

Ancient Civilizations

Early Humans

Rameses II (Egypt)

Hermes & Apollo (Greece)

Aesop and His Fables

The Fox and the Crow

The Fox and Sick Lion

Nero at the Circus Maximus (Rome)

Nero Goes Insane (Rome)

Mercury & Apollo (Rome)

Ancient Chinese Dragons (China)

The Story of Mulan (China)

Warrior Well (China/Mongolia)

The Seven Wonders

Great Pyramid at Giza

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Colossus of Rhodes

Lighthouse at Alexandria

The Most Ancient Race, the San People

The Americas (North, South, and Central America)

The Hero Twins (Mayas)

The Invisible Warrior (Woodland Indians, A Cinderella Story)

Wise Owl (Northeast Woodland Indians, an Iroquois Myth)

Clever Coyote (Plains Indians, a Buffalo Story)

Child of Water & Little Blue Rock (Southwest Indians, An Apache Myth)

How Raven Stole Crow's Potlatch (NW Pacific Coastal Indians)

Holidays - Ancient Roots, Modern Holidays

Kwanzaa (African American)

Groundhog Day (American)

April Fool's (Many countries)

Halloween Bats

The Ghost with the Most!

AND MORE! (powerpoint index)

 

 

 

For Kids

Archaeology for Kids

Early Humans for Kids

Mesopotamia for Kids

Egypt for Kids

Greece for Kids

Rome for Kids

China for Kids

India for Kids

The Story of Confucius

Taoism and Winnie the Pooh

Legalism

Beliefs Comparison - Confucius, Taoism, Legalism

The Story of Buddha

The 3 Teachings - Confucius, Taoism, Buddhism

Ancient Myths

Ancient Gods

Ancient Inventions

Ancient Money

Writing, Pictographs, Hieroglyphics

Iron Age, Bronze Age, Stone Age

Iron Age Celts for Kids

The Middle Ages for Kids

The Vikings

Incas, Mayas, Aztecs

What do you need to call a group of people a civilization?

What is the difference between an empire, a country, and a city-state?

GAMES! Online Games & Activities for Ancient Civilizations

Our Online Stories and Myths

Anansi the Spider (Africa, Ghana)

Place of the Prickly Pear Cactus (Aztec)

Journey of a Princess (Aztec, grades 6-12)

Wise Owl (Native American, Iroquois Myth)

How Raven Stole Crow's Potlatch (Native American, Northwest Coastal Pacific Myth)

Clever Coyote (Native American, Comanche Buffalo Myth)

Child of Water and Little Blue Rock (Native American, Apache Myth)

Theseus and the Minotaur (Minoan/Greek)

Zeus, Hera, and Little Io (Greek Version)

The Oracle at Delphi (Greek Myth)

Hades and the King of Corinth (Greek Myth)

Apollo and Cassandra (Greek Myth)

Pandora's Box (Greek Myth)

Demeter and Persephone (Greek Myth)

Hercules (Greek Myth)

How Aphrodite Caused the Trojan War (Greek Myth)

Legend of the Trojan Horse (Greek Myth)

The Sun Chariot (Greek Myth)

Perseus, Andromeda, and the sea god, Poseidon (Greek myth)

The Cyclops Cave & The Sirens (Greek, from "The Odyssey" by Homer)

Loawnu the Wise Woman (Xia Times, Ancient China)

Wang the Peddler (Han Times, Ancient China)

The Legend of the Shadow Puppet (Han Times, Ancient China)

The Legend of Gilgamesh (Ancient Mesopotamia, Sumerian)

How Marduk Became the King of ALL the Gods (Ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonian)

The Legend of Romulus and Remus (Ancient Rome)

Horatius at the Bridge (Ancient Rome)

The Punic Wars & Hannibal of Carthage (Ancient Rome)

Jupiter, Juno, & Little Io (Roman Version)

Pluto & the King (Roman version)

Ceres & Proserpina (Roman version)

Venus & the Queen (Roman version)

The Warrior Well (Ancient Myth, Mongolia & China)

The Hero Twins (Maya)

Happy Together (Russian Folktale)

AND MORE (story index)


For Teachers: Our Lesson Plans and Activities

  1. Ancient Mesopotamia: Ancient Mesopotamia Unit

  2. Ancient Mesopotamia: Translators Needed: Apply Within (Cuneiform Lesson Plan)

  3. Ancient Egypt: Stump the Audience, 1-2 class periods, group activity, Daily Life

  4. Ancient Egypt: Pharaoh's Fun House Concluding Activity

  5. Ancient Egypt: Egypt Bingo Review game

  6. Ancient Greece: Ancient Greek Olympics Mini-Unit: A Simulation for the Classroom (3-5 days) with city-state backgrounds, and events

  7. Ancient Greece: Socrates, Classroom Activity (2-3 class periods, 55 minutes each) Mock Trial

  8. Ancient Greece: Early & Classical Greece Units

  9. Ancient Rome: Can you save the Roman Republic? Lesson Plan, Ancient Rome.

  10. Ancient Rome: Gossip at the Forum, A Play for the Classroom (every student has a part)

  11. Ancient Rome: Emperors - What Makes a Good Leader? Classroom Activity

  12. Ancient Rome: First Unit Test: Ancient Rome

  13. Ancient China: Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianist, Legalist; How would each behave when faced with the same problems? Lesson Plan

  14. Ancient China: Debates on Censorship: (2-3 days) Qin (Ch'in) Dynasty, debate set in modern times, Classroom Activity

  15. Ancient China: What is the difference between a proverb and a fable? (1-2 class periods)

  16. Ancient China: The Silk Road Game (1-2 class periods)

  17. Feudal Japan: Samurai, Peasant, Artisan, Merchant, Simulation, Game

  18. Archaeology, Early Humans, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, India:  Many Lesson Ideas (some ours, some emailed to us)

For Kids: Our Learning Sections

Mrs. Donn's Special Section:
The Middle Ages for Kids

Medieval Europe for Kids

Anglo-Saxons

Normans

Vikings for Kids

Ancient Africa for Kids

Incredible Incas

Mysterious Mayas

Awesome Aztecs


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