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Mesopotamia Info Scavenger Hunt

This prezi will guide you through the Mesopotamia Info scavenger hunt to learn about the FIRST civilization of the world

David Andre

on 23 September 2013

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Transcript of Mesopotamia Info Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Fertile Crescent, known as "Mesopotamia"
because it is located between two rivers. What two rivers, you ask? You will find out at some point during this scavenger hunt. Advance the prezi for further instruction...
You will be following this prezi to gain information and knowledge about Mesopotamia. This is an important session, for this is actually a major information gathering session. So do a good job, which I know you will.
So, I think it is time to begin. You will write the answers to this webquest on your answer sheet. You will turn in this paper when you have completed the webquest, so please write neatly.
After you have made your way successfully through all of the sections, you will wrap up this Prezi with a conclusion task. So, are you ready? All you have to do is click "next."
Geography of Mesopotamia

Before we begin, we must first get an understanding of our surroundings. For that, we must use a map. Take a look at the map to the left and answer the following on your answer sheet:
1. What are the two rivers of Mesopotamia?
2.Where is Mesopotamia located when compared to the two rivers?
3. What sea is to the west of Mesopotamia?

Good Job. Click Next.
Review of Mesopotamia

Now that we have an idea of the surroundings of Mesopotamia, it is time to get started.

For Mesopotamia, it all starts here, between the Tigris and Euphrates River. The first people to settle in Mesopotamia chose this spot because of the two rivers, which provided fertile land for farming. This means that it was good for farming. The economy of Mesopotamia was based on agriculture. Another name for Mesopotamia is "Sumer."

Use your notes from last class to answer the following questions:

1. Sumer was an agricultural community. What does that mean?

2. Where did the people of Sumer build cities? Name two of their cities.

3. Why is this region known as the "Fertile Crescent"?

4. What is one way that the rivers helped farmers in Sumer?

5. What is one way that water hurt people in Mesopotamia?

Have I mentioned yet that Mesopotamia is located between the Tigris and Euphrates? Don't forget that.

Hammurabi was an ancient Babylonian king. He did something that no one had ever done before. The Sumerians had created the first written cuneiform. Using this written language, Hammurabi created the first written set of laws.

In Hammurabi's court, it did not matter if you were rich or poor. If you broke the law, and were found guilty, you would be punished.

Since the laws were clearly written down, everyone was expected to obey them.
Right now you find yourself right in the middle of the unrelenting Arabian desert. A desert is no place to hang around, just ask Johnny who spent a great deal of time and can tell you how miserable it is. Head north to find some fertile land and to learn about the daily life of these people.
NO, NO, NO!!! You are now in Egypt! Get Out of Here!
This is not part of Mesopotamia. Although they are close together, Egypt is not part of Mesopotamia. You are getting ahead of yourself! Ancient Egypt is our next unit, but first, we must continue learning about Mesopotamia! Now go to the corner for a time-out.

Have you learned your lesson? I sure hope
so. Now, as long as you are sorry, you may continue. Go back to the Fertile Crescent and discover the gods and goddesses of Mesopotamia.
Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters
Like many other places we will study this year, Mesopotamia has an elaborate religious belief system. They believe in MANY gods and goddesses
1. Were Mesopotamians monotheistic or polytheistic?

2. Think back to what we discussed last class. What kinds of things did Mesopotamian gods and goddess control?

3. Describe what a ziggurat looks like.
Congratulations! You have made it to the end. Please make sure your name is on your answer sheet. Let Mr. Andre or Mrs. Morgan know that you are done.
Ha, Ha, Ha. Sorry. I can't believe you fell for that. Wow.

You have reached the end of the Ultimate Mesopotamia Scavenger Hunt.

Make sure you have numbered and answered all the questions.

Great job!

Thank you.
(Advance one more time)
Please raise your hands and let us know you are finished.
We are now in the Mediterranean Sea. Click Next to answer some questions on the world's first written law code - Hammurabi's Code.
Hammurabi's Code
Here are some laws from Hammurabi's Code:
If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, he shall be put to death.

If a son strike his father, his hands shall be cut off.

If a man knock out the teeth of his equal, his teeth shall be knocked out.

1. What do you think of Hammurabi's code?

2. Does it sound harsh or lenient?

3. What do you think the term, "an eye for an eye" means?
Daily Life in Mesopotamia
The lives of the people of Mesopotamia were VERY different than that of the people of the Stone Age. Use your notes and the pictures to answer the following questions:

1. WRITING: What was the system of writing used by the early Mesopotamians?

2. LOCATION: What was so significant about Mesopotamia's location? Why did people decide to settle there?

3. CLASSES OF PEOPLE: What kind of jobs did people in Mesopotamia have? Name at least three.

4. Religion: What were the religious temples in Mesopotamia called?

Religion in Mesopotamia
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