Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Day 21 - Cultural Connections Throughout The Ages, Marshall Simonds MS Grade 7 Social Studies Classes

This post appeared originally on the Marshall Simonds Middle School Blog
Last week, 7A participated in an archaeological dig. They gridded the “site”, dug up bones and artifacts (evidence), after carefully brushing off dirt, they drew pictures of what we found, identified the evidence if possible, and made notations about what we found and where we found it. They discussed what this evidence told them about the civilization that produced it. Later, they looked at pictures of objects from the Mesopotamian collection at the British Museum and talked about what they could learn about this civilization based on the artifacts in the pictures.
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Hammurabi’s Code Skits
Mrs. Evans’ 7C Social Studies students have been preparing skits to re-enact the crimes and punishments established by King Hammurabi in ancient Babylon. Hammurabi’s Code was one of the earliest law codes and provided a basis for future legal systems. Below, students recreate law #25: “If fire break out in a house, and some one who comes to put it out take the property of the master of the house, he shall be thrown into that self-same fire.” Pictured: Jessica, Mikayla, Samantha, Jessica, and Neha.
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In Mr. Kingston’s 7B Social Studies class, students study the six characteristics of civilization. The objective is to master the skill of identifying the six characteristics of civilization through constructing posters with pictures from magazines and newspapers. This assignment helps students understand how many aspects of human civilization stay the same throughout history.
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