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For all grade levels | Links to PUSD Middle School Standards

Ancient History Student Activities

Early Humans Ancient Mesopotamia
Egypt , and Kush Ancient Hebrews
Ancient India Ancient China
Ancient Greece Ancient Rome


Student Activities Early People

  • You are an Archeologist at Work! - You are an archaeologist who has just arrived at a dig site. Your crew has made a magnificent find, a rare piece of pottery.  However the pottery is in pieces and you must put it together.  You also need to know more about the pottery and where exactly it was found, so that you may enter information into your journal. (Feasting on the Internet - D.Hogan) 

Student Activities Mesopotamia


Mesopotamia, The British Museum Illuminating World Cultures - Highly interactive, well designed, great information for middle school students.


Hammurabi Nails Criminals - You will be an archaeologist trying to find out about what was important to the ancient Mesopotamians by looking at their laws.  You will uncover what was important to them, and how they punished criminals.  Then you will compare this to our values and beliefs. Your product will be a brainstorming list that is done with a partner, and a short essay that you write on your own. (D.Hogan, "Feasting")


Student Activities Egypt

  • Gift of the Nile Internet Tour - You will be drawing a picture based on one or more of the sites that you see on the Internet. This drawing will be on the unlined part of an index card, and you will write to a friend telling what you saw, what you thought about it, and what you might have done there. As you visit the Internet sites, record what you see and read about by taking notes and sketching what you see on notebook paper. Create the postcard when you are off line. (D.Hogan, Golden Goblet Cyberguide)
  • Mummy, Is That You? - You will have the chance to learn how a body was mummified, and get up close and personal with a real mummy from ancient Egypt, Djedmaatesankh. You will see photos and CT-scans of her as you read her autopsy report to find out what her life may have been like.  Then you will write an obituary for her. (D.Hogan, Feasting Project)
  • Want to Play Senet? - Go to the British Museum to play the game!  Uses Shockwave.
  • Your Egyptian Tomb - In this activity you will learn about the ancient Egyptians' writing, hieroglyphics.  You will see how they represented figures on tomb walls.   Then you will make your own cartouche and Egyptian style drawing of yourself for your Egyptian tomb.  (D.Hogan, Feasting Project)
  • Your Plea to the Gods - Egyptians also believed they would be judged before they would go to the next world. You will read prayers, or pleas, written to help the dead be accepted into the next world. These prayers assured the dead would be preserved and presented to the gods in good shape. Then write your own plea.  (D.Hogan, Golden Goblet Cyberguide)


Student Activities Ancient Kush

Student Activities Ancient Hebrews

David in History and Art

Student Activities India

Indus Valley Tour - Why would people settle in this land?  What does it have that is good for a civilization?  What would it have been like to live in an ancient culture in the Indus Valley? Tour the ancient Indus civilization with one of its foremost scholars, Jonathan Mark Kenoyer. Look at the land and make inferences about how the ancient people lived here.  Keep track of your information by multi-tasking on a wordprocessor.

Student Activities Ancient China

  • Date the Dish - Fun interactive project (using Shockwave), in which students,  in the role of a porcelain expert, correctly assess the age of a fine blue-and-white porcelain artifact.
  • You Interview Confucius Students will be "interviewing" Confucius for their school newspaper.   You will need to research Confucius, make a list of questions to ask him, and then report back in the form of a news interview   [PUSD standard 2.2 Understand how a civilization expresses its culture through its laws, religion, and philosophy. The life of Confucius and the fundamental teachings of Confucianism and Taoism.] (Feasting on the Internet-D.Hogan)
  • Chinese Calligraphy - Students become acquainted with calligraphy and Chinese ideograms or characters.   Also available Counting in Chinese. 
  • Learn to write and pronounce the first few numbers in Chinese.    [PUSD standard 2.1 Understand how a civilization expresses it culture through architecture and the arts. China’s contributions to art, literature, and architecture
  • The Great Wall of China - In this activity, students learn about The Great Wall of China. Students use materials to make a class Great Wall of China.   [PUSD standard 2.3: Understand how a civilization expresses its culture through its tools, technology, and sciences. The creation of the Great Wall.]
  • Silk Road -Students read about the Silk Road, do a map activity, draw pictures of the camel driven caravans,  list things a merchant from Rome might want to buy from China and what a merchant from China might want from Rome. Critical thinking : discuss why the Silk Road was important for spreading information about different cultures.   [PUSD standard 4.1Understand the basic economic problems confronting all civilizations and how their economic systems solved these problems. The significance of the trans-Eurasian "silk roads" in the period of the Han and Roman empires and their locations. ]
  • Civil Service Test (coming soon)-  This activity is from Lynn Astengo at Twin Peaks.  No oneline resources are needed, and Lynn says that students always do an excellent job with it.

Student Activities Ancient Greece

BBCi Ancient Greece - British Broadcasting has a website for kids.  Students can visit cartoon versions of the Olympics, Athens Thinks Twice, Greek Theater.  Very interactive and fun!

Who are the Heroes? Webquest - 'Who are the Greek mythical heroes, and what does this tell
us about the values of the culture?, 'Who were the ancient heroes, and what were their stories?', Who are the modern heroes, what makes them heroic, What is the difference between celebrity and heroism?' Students will analyze ancient Greek mythical heroes and Greek historical figures to find the roots of heroism. As a group, students will research  modern biographies to find a contemporary figure who is a hero for modern times, and design a suitable tribute. 

Student Activities Ancient Rome

Gladiator- You have been whisked back to ancient Roman times to see gladiators in action at the Colosseum in Rome!  What you see there may impress you with the savage beauty or it may shock and sicken you.  You will hear from people of the times by reading primary resources that deal with gladiator spectacles.  Then you will follow up with a poster or brochure that describes your thoughts on the events

You Need a Bath! - You have won a free trip back in time to visit a Roman bath!   No, it's not because you smell bad (though maybe you do), there's lots going on at the Roman bath besides bathing.  Take a virtual tour of the Baths of Caracalla and take notes as you go.  Tour a real bath, in Bath, England.  Hear from real ancient Romans on what they heard and saw at the baths.  Choose a snack from the list of goodies.  Write a detailed letter to your friend back at your middle school to tell about your day at the baths.






7th Grade

Middle Ages Hotlist - List of web resources for castles.  (by Ronnie Sands, MBMS)

Mr. Sykes of MVMS recommends:


US History

Student Activities

Influencing a Politician WebQuest - Webquest by Steve Bass at Meadowbrook

Causes of the American Civil War, Virtual Museum -

There is a significant mistake on the quote by Abraham Lincoln.  In the webquest activity it reads: "this government CAN endure permanently..." It should read is shown in the accurate, more complete quote below.  This error is found in  two places:  1. Teacher Guide Exhibit 1 section, and in the Student Exhibit 1 section.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other." Lincoln's 'House-Divided' Speech in Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858.


Important Links

Ben's Guide
Our Nation | Historical Documents | Branches of Government | How Laws Are Made National versus State Government | Election Process | Citizenship | Gam
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress and Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress Search by Keywords | Browse Narratives by Narrator |
. Presented by The Dirksen Congressional Center, a non-profit, nonpartisan research and
Footsteps to Freedom 1999
Follow a delegation of educators from Southern California as they retrace the treacherous trails followed by fugitive slaves seeking freedom in Canada Education for Freedom
History Matters: The U.S. Survey on the Web
Welcome to History Matters! Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History courses. This site serves as a gateway to Web resources and
NJN - Holocaust
| | Schedules Television Radio TV Webcast Watch Online Listen Online Digital NJN's digital television and technology Workforce Ready to Earn Service L
Presidents of the United States
US Presidents facts, presidential trivia, biographies, campaign slogans, museums, scandals, speeches and more research and information sources.
Spy Letters of the American Revolution -- From the Collections of the Clements L
An exhibit of Revolutionary War spy letters from the Sir Henry Clinton Collection at the Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Star Spangled Banner Mystery
From Smithsonian
State Game
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Surfing the Net with Kids: Independence Day
The best Independence Day sites for kids, teachers and families, from United Feature Syndicate.
TeachersFirst - Frontier Forts
The Bill of Rights Institute
The Underground Railroad
Visitors since May 15, 1999 Mr. Leahy's Class Our Virtual Underground Railroad Quilt Click on quilt to learn more about the Underground Railroad Award
The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
Copyright 1999 All Rights Reserved Edward L. Ayers
To market - Colonial marketplace
UnderGroundRailRoad: Home
a delegation of educators from Southern California retraced the treacherous trails followed by fugitive slaves seeking freedom in Canada in the years before the Civil War.
Within These Walls
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Civil War at the Smithsonian Web Page -

National Archives Learning Curve Index -

America's Story from America's Library -

Lost and Found Sound, NPR -

Surfing the Net with Kids, Civil War -





Justice for Kids and Youth - "This Web Page is designed just for you. It provides information on different aspects of justice - like internet crimes, drug prevention and laws that protect your rights.  Finding information is easy. With one click, learn what you can do to fight crime. With another, you will see the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Still another will lead you to the history of Civil Rights.  There is so much you can learn. Take a look and think about what you can do at school or in your community. And keep checking in - because we'll keep updating it."  ~Recommended by Becky Santibanez, MVMS




Middle School Technology Resource Page
Denise Hogan, Middle School Techology TOSA
Poway Unified School District