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Ancient Mesopotamia Unit Study

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This post includes all of the work we have done on Ancient Mesopotamia.  I will be starting a new unit with my little ones next year, so this will be added to.  Mesopotamia was our first foray into curriculum free study, and we loved it!  The children are aged about 7 during the first four posts and about 9 in the last one.

Mesopotamia: Part 1 – Resources

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Mesopotamia: Part 2 – Writing and hands-on activities

Mesopotamia, shadduf, irrigation, hands on activities

Mesopotamia: Part 3 – Wrap Up Feast and Field Trip

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Mesopotamia: Part 4 – End of Unit Presentation

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Hammurabi Leadership Study and Law study: this was an intensive week long study into the leadership skills of Hammurabi and includes many activities, least of which was creating Mesopotamia dress up out of only a black bin bag and sellotape!


I am beginning to slowly go through world history again, this time with my little two.  The following four posts I wrote for 123homeschool4me, so the links will take you there 🙂  They are chock full of activities and authentic food suggestions.  This time I based their studies on the Gilgamesh trilogy.

Learning about Ancient Mesopotamia through Literature using the Epic of Gilgamesh: Part One – Introduction, costume making, map making and a Mesopotamian snack:

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Learning about Ancient Mesopotamia through Literature using the Epic of Gilgamesh: Part Two – Gilgamesh the King (make pitta bread, Mesopotamian religion, Mesopotamian invention, map work, copy work):


Learning about Ancient Mesopotamia through Literature using the Epic of Gilgamesh: Part Three – The Revenge of Ishtar (Goats yogurt and honey snack, Mesopotamian relief art, Royal Game of Ur, map work, copy work):

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Learning about Ancient Mesopotamia through Literature using the Epic of Gilgamesh: Part Four – The Last Quest of Gilgamesh (make some Mersu, build a ziggurat, cuneiform, map work, copy work):

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Lastly, the children and I completed a short unit based on The Golden Bull by Marjorie Cowley:

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10 comments on “Ancient Mesopotamia Unit Study

  1. I love it! Thanks for sharing your studies with us.

  2. This makes me smile, partially because it’s always fun to see kiddos when they’re younger.

  3. So fun to see the kids so young (and in great costumes!)

  4. What fun! Thanks for sharing the pictures! Brings back good memories.

  5. What a wonderful collection on a fascinating topic! Thanks for sharing with #theCozyReadingSpot

  6. Pingback: Mystery of History: Lesson Seven - The Sumerians

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