Lesson 3: What Is A Civilization?

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How do people change their environment?
  • What causes cultures to change over time?

Facts and Definitions

  • A civilization is a culture from the past that reached an advanced level of culture, science, industry, and government compared to other cultures of the time period.

Skills

  • Analyze the effects of change in communities and predict future changes. (SS)
  • Explain how science and technology have changed the way people meet their basic needs. (SS)
  • Look at how technology changes communities and cultures. (SS)
  • Identify uses of natural resources. (S)

Materials

  • Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
  • art materials
  • colored pencils or markers
  • poster board

Introduction

Ask your child if he has ever heard the term "civilization." Explain that a civilization is a culture from the past that reached an advanced level of culture, science, business, and government compared to other cultures of the time period. The elements of culture are all part of a civilization. In addition, a civilization might have had technology, a written language, schools, government, and a common currency (money).

Reading and Questions

Materials: Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
Reading and Questions
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