Three Ancient Civilizations — Egypt, India and China!

December 14th, 2006 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Websites:
The British Museum: Ancient Civilizations

(See Individual Website Links Below)

This extraordinary set of websites from the British Museum allows you to explore three ancient civilizations:

Ancient Egypt

Learn about ancient Egyptian life, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Temples, and Trade.

Ancient India

Learn about Early Hinduism, Buddha, and the Geography of the Indus Valley. There is a fascinating exploration of ancient timelines in India, as well as an in-depth look at the various writing systems used for recording the
history of India through the ages.

Ancient China

Learn about Crafts and Artisans, Geography, Tombs and Ancestors, and there is a section on timelines and dynasties as well as a look at various Chinese
writing and recording systems.

At each website use the menu to click on a selected topic. A new screen opens with a picture of artwork. Click on the artwork, and a new page opens
with an introduction and a menu of three choices: Story, Explore, or Challenge.

  • Story – Learn about the topic you selected through a story illustrated by pieces of art in the collection of the British Museum. For example, in the
    section on Buddha, the story begins, “There was once a king named Suddhodana…” These are well-written and engaging and the photograph-illustrations of artwork provide the perfect accompaniment! Highlighted words throughout the story link to brief definitions in small
    new pop-up windows.
  • Explore – Get a closer look at some of the artifacts and a better sense of the ancient times portrayed. This varies greatly depending on the culture and topic you select.
  • Challenge – Find an activity or game that challenges your memory of what you have learned while exploring the website.

Each topic also features a Staff Room. Don’t miss it! This is where you can get a brief synopsis of what is to be learned regarding that topic and print out worksheets corresponding to the Story, Explore, and Challenge sections.

These sites are truly worth the visit! Bookmark them so that you can return to explore each one as time permits.

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