Egypt and Mesopotamia
Age 11-13: Concept 1 - Semester 1: Unit 1

Twelve thousand years ago, people first settled in agricultural communities around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the area of modern-day Iraq. Later, people also settled around the Nile River in northern Africa. The civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt that grew out of those early settlements created powerful empires and rich cultures that still influence our lives today.

In this unit, you'll travel back to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and learn about the cultures, governments, and economies of these fascinating civilizations. In your final project, you'll create a web-based tour of these two civilizations or present the findings of an imagined archaeological expedition to ancient sites.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 social studies units utilize a Timeline of Ancient Civilization along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events. Cards are color coded so your child can easily see and compare what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time.
$6.99 #780 World History Timeline
$5.00 #781 Ancient Civilization Timeline Cards


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Archaeology
  • Lesson 2: Early Mesopotamia (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Assyrians, Neo-Babylonians, Persians
  • Lesson 4: Egyptology
  • Lesson 5: Ancient Egypt and Its History (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Egyptian Royalty and Religion (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Daily Life in Egypt (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Expedition or Web-based Tour (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
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