Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Target Vocabulary: ancient, archaeologist, archaeology, artifact, century, China, civilization, community, decade, decipher, dynasty, Egypt, emperor, empire, excavation, fertile, forbidden, future, god/goddess, goods, hierarchy, hieroglyphics, history, Indus Valley, kingdom, Mesopotamia, past, pharoah, present, ruins, settlement, time, timeline, valley
What is ancient history? ~ Explain that ancient history refers to history that happened a long time ago. The opposite of ancient is modern. We study history by measuring periods or blocks of time: decades (10 years), centuries (100 years), age/empire/dynasty, etc. The farther back you go in time, the more ancient the history. Things related to the ancient world are also referred to as early (early history, early people, etc.) Discuss prehistory (things prior to our ancient history) to make sure the student understands the difference between the two. You can also discuss the various ways we measure time: by studying the sun and stars, or by using a calendar, watch or clock. You can also discuss what a timeline is and its function: to measure and show time in terms of the past, present and future.
Four Ancient River Valley Civilizations ~ There were four major civilizations that settled and flourished around different river valley regions in the ancient world: Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Indus Valley and ancient China. Although each had its own independent and specific culture, they shared many commonalities:
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