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Best Teacher Resources for Teaching Ancient Civilizations

Top Teacher Aids for Ancient Civilization Lessons

Are you about to begin your history lessons on ancient civilizations? Teaching about ancient civilizations covers many different eras, cultures, and religions including the ancient river valley civilizations, ancient Asian civilizations, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. In this post, you’ll find a list of the most popular ancient civilizations teaching resources available online including downloadable thematic units, classroom posters, and other fun activities for teaching and learning about ancient civilizations.

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Prehistory Teaching Resources

GRAPES Strategy Skinny Poster and Activity Download

GRAPES Strategy Skinny Poster and Activity Download

By using a simple mnemonic device, this skinny poster illustrates the factors that characterize any civilization: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economics, and Social Structures. Use this poster when introducing any ancient civilization to your students. It works with classifying present-day civilizations, too!

Excellent for independent learning, the 22-page activity packet download provides over 20 activities and research topics. Students practice applying GRAPES to different historical facts, create a GRAPES foldable, and follow a writing process to create a formal paper connecting any region to the GRAPES factors.

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World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Prehistory and the Agricultural Revolution Download

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Prehistory and the Agricultural Revolution Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Lascaux Caves Mural Project and Document-Based Questions: Transitioning from Hunter-Gatherer Societies to Classic Civilization.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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World Religions Teaching Resources

World Religions Set

World Religions Set

World Religions Map and Mini-Poster Set with Activity Pack Download

Across the globe, people of faith practice their beliefs every day. But what are those beliefs? And where do they live and worship? Discussions about a sometimes-sensitive topic become easier with the tools provided in a map, poster set, and activity packet—ready for multiple uses in your classroom.

The most-practiced religions—including unaffiliated individuals and indigenous religions—are described in accessible language in the World Religions Set: the Religions Around the World Map, the World Religions Mini-Poster Set, and the World Religions Activity Packet Download.

  • The Religions Around the World Map features comprehensive charts showing the distribution of the 10 most-practiced beliefs by region, which allows students to easily and graphically see where religions are practiced. Useful facts about each religion, color coding, and different ways to access data make this a powerful resource for discussions of religion, geography, history, and the current geopolitical climate.
  • The World Religions Mini-Poster Set includes the religion’s origin, founder, percentage of the world population that follows the religion, number of followers, religious symbol, an image of an important location, and a brief description.
  • The World Religions Activity Packet Download provides additional information, individual and group activities, research and writing activities, and reproducible worksheets to use right away in your class. 

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14 Major World Religions & Belief Systems Book Download

14 Major World Religions & Belief Systems Book Download

Inspire Fair and Open Religious Classroom Discussions—DIGITAL RESOURCE DOWNLOAD

Introduce your students to new perspectives on the world around them as interpreted through the beliefs and traditions of 14 world religions.

  • How do a religion’s followers define themselves?
  • What makes their belief system different from—or similar to—other religious faiths?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of its followers?

Your students will discover the traditions, rituals, and basic concepts of African Diaspora religions, African Traditional religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous beliefs, Irreligion, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism, and Taoism. Bring your students to a higher understanding of world religions, and bring your classroom together with collaborative discussions. Includes reproducible activity worksheets.  

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Ancient River Valley Civilizations Teaching Resources

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Ancient River Valley Civilizations Download

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Ancient River Valley Civilizations Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Stimulating History Simulation: Mesopotamian Inventions Trade Show, Prove It! Persuasion Station: Who Was the Most Significant Egyptian Pharaoh?, and Prove It! Persuasion Station: What Was Ancient China’s Greatest Contribution?
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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Hieroglyphic Alphabet Chart

Hieroglyphic Alphabet Chart

Write Like an Egyptian!

Reveal the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphics to your class! This poster features symbols for 28 different letters and sounds. Students connect with the ancient past by learning to write their names and even secret messages!

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Cleopatra: Hero or Villain? Mini-Poster

Cleopatra: Hero or Villain? Mini-Poster

Was Cleopatra a Hero or Villain? YOU Be the Judge!

History tends to judge historical figures in extremes: Genghis Khan was a barbarian! Martin Luther was a religious hero! As teachers, it’s tempting at times to present the world as black and white to our students: good or evil, friend or foe, hero or villain. Use this Cleopatra mini-poster to encourage students to take off the rose-colored glasses and see beyond the established historical narratives, into the real world of gray.

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Papyrus Bookmark Kit

Papyrus Bookmark Kit

Create Your Own Cartouche Bookmarks (Refills Sold Separately)

Don’t just teach your students about ancient Egypt, make them a part of it with cartouche bookmarks! Each kit includes:

  • 35 blank cartouche bookmarks made from real Egyptian papyrus
  • 35 hieroglyphics keys for writing their names or secret messages
  • 40 assorted markers

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Asian Civilizations Teaching Resources

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Asian Civilizations Download

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Asian Civilizations Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Stimulating History Simulation: Chinese Dynasty Museum, Document-Based Questions: Setting the Stage: How Does Geography Influence Destiny?, and Document-Based Questions: The East Asian World, 1200–1868.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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Terracotta Warriors Excavation Kits

Terracotta Warriors Excavation KitsTerracotta Warriors Excavation KitsTerracotta Warriors Excavation Kits

Excavate Your Own Terracotta Army!

Your students are the archaeologists! They use the included tools to chip and brush away plaster to reveal their very own terracotta warrior figure. Mix and match figures—which one will they uncover? The mystery is in the dig! Each kit contains:

  • One plaster block with figure inside
  • One wooden chisel and small brush

Four figure styles available:

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Ancient Greece Teaching Resources

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Ancient Greece Download

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Ancient Greece Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Stimulating History Simulation: Socratic Seminar on the Melian Dialogue, Easy Debate: Did the Historical Events Behind the Trojan War Really Happen?, Prove It! Persuasion Station: Which Philosopher’s Teachings Are Most Reflective of Modern-Day Thinking?, and SHOW ME Challenges and Clues: Ancient Greece.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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Alexander the Great: Hero or Villain? Mini-Poster

Alexander the Great: Hero or Villain? Mini-Poster

Was Alexander the Great a Hero or Villain? YOU Be the Judge!

History tends to judge historical figures in extremes: Genghis Khan was a barbarian! Martin Luther was a religious hero! As teachers, it’s tempting at times to present the world as black and white to our students: good or evil, friend or foe, hero or villain. Use this Alexander the Great mini-poster to encourage students to take off the rose-colored glasses and see beyond the established historical narratives, into the real world of gray.

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Roman Empire Teaching Resources

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: The Roman Empire Download

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: The Roman Empire Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Easy Debate: Why Did the Roman Empire Fall?, Stimulating History Simulation: Summit to Prevent the Fall of the Empire, SHOW ME Challenges and Clues: Ancient Rome, and Document-Based Questions: The Development of States and Empires.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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