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Daily Life in Mesopotamia: Activities

This is the sixth article in the series of fun and thought-provoking lessons by Jane Smith. For more of her work see her homepage at At Home Learning. These lessons were written with sixth to twelfth graders in mind. The sites in these lessons will give you background in basic human communities.

copyright 2000 Haven Preparatory Academy and Jane Smith

Lesson 6: Daily Life in Mesopotamia: Activities

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Using some gardening catalogues, plan an ornamental garden. Plant a window box garden if you do not have any yard space.

1. In which hardiness zone do you live? (Your hardiness zone determines the types of plants which will thrive in your region).

2. According to your catalogues, what plants are best suited to your region's climate? To the size of your available space?

Click on the link for "Early Sumerian Homes."

Use art straws, string, and thin card stock to make a replica of a Sumerian reed hut.

Were Sumerian homes designed to keep out cold and damp or to allow cool air inside? How do you know this?

Use your "back" button to return to the "Sumer" page.

Sumerians are credited with the invention of the wheel. How did this invention help trade between Sumer and other nations prosper?

Previous Lessons:

Lesson 1: Evolutionary Theory Part One
Lesson 2: Evolutionary Theory Part Two
Lesson 3: Locating Mesopotamia
Lesson 4: History/Geography of Mesopotamia
Lesson 5: Daily Life in Mesopotamia Lesson 6: Daily Life in Mesopotamia - Activities Lesson 7: Mesopotamia - Religion

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