Ancient History Curriculum & Schedule

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Ancient History Early Civilizations



1st Quarter


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


Mystery of History Volume 1

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

Lesson 9


Tower of Babel mini-book

MOH Timeline Figures

Somewhere in Time

p. 33 Map 6

STORY OF THE WORLD & Other History

Story of the World

Chapter 5
The First Sumerian Dictator
2335 B.C.

Online Quiz

Chapter 8
The Assyrians: Shamshi-Adad
1813 B.C.
(Skip first sentence about Hammurabi – at the end of the section read what it says about Hammurabi, but explain he will be learned about later)

The Story of Gilgamesh
2750 B.C.
(Skip if you are doing the reader Gilgamesh the King)

Online quiz

Story of the World activity book

p. 23 Review/ narration
map work

p. 29 Review/ narration
p. 30 map work

p. 30 Review/ narration

Compose your own fairy tale

Usborne World History

p. 110-111 The first civilization

p. 112 Crafts and trade

p. 146-147 The Assyrians at war

p. 113 Kings and war

p. 148-149 The Assyrians at home



p. 73-88 Book of Shem

p. 89-100 Book of Terah (end!)

Adam and his kin

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15




Optional other books in the series:

The Revenge of Ishtar

Last quest
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

Sumarian slave




Usborne World History

p. 8-9 The first great civilization (Sumer)

p. 12-13 Daily life (Sumerians)

p. 22-23 Sport and leisure (Egyptians)


Choose any book:

Bill and Pete go down the Nile


History Pockets Ancient Egypt

Pocket 7 Arts and Recreation
Frontalism – art project
Great Sphinx shape book
Sacred felines – shape booklet and poem writing (Click here for a site that explains how to write a cinquain.)
Play senet (game) – See websites below for some great website versions of the game



p. 21 Sargon the Great


draw Body of a god (and then choose a head for your drawing)-We did this after the Frontalism lesson in History Pockets.


Nova: Riddles of the Sphinx

The Mesopotamians by They Might Be Giants (kind of creepy cartoon, but fun song)

Online: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs *Warning: some possibly disturbing scenes of mummification and mummies



Learn how to play Senet (The online versions of the game are really helpful for learning how to play.)
Play senet online - There are lots of free online senet games. If this one doesn't work, you can search for another.
Gilgamesh digital library book



“Egyptian” Cucumber Salad

Prepare week 4 supplies: (MOH) tea bags, matches, copy of map 2
SOTW chicken mummy: baking powder (3 cans), baking soda (3 boxes), small chicken, large freezer bags, paper towels, plastic gloves, rubbing alcohol, several boxes of salt, spices, glue, white linen fabric (old sheet?)
Alternative apple mummy project: 2 apples, box of table salt, box of Epsom salts, large box of baking soda, disposable plastic cups, tape, scale (if you want to do the experiment part)
Lift the Lid on Mummies kit

Take a look at Otter's apple mummy project:

Today Otter started an apple mummy project! I considered making a chicken mummy, but that seemed so wasteful… so we settled on making apple mummies instead.

Otter set up the supplies:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 4 containers (we used disposable cups)
  • Something to label the cups with (we used a permanent marker)
  • One apple
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Apple Mummy

Otter cut the apple into quarters (4 pieces).

Apple mummy experiment

We then labeled the cups with the following labels: control, salt, baking soda, and Epsom salts.

After that, each individual piece of apple was weighed and its weight was recorded on the cup that it went into.

Apple mummy project

Otter poured the substances into the cups over the apples. The cup labeled control didn’t have anything added to it (other than the apple slice).

Apple mummy

So now the apple slices are ready to be put in a place where they won’t be disturbed for 2-3 weeks! When we pull them out, we’ll instantly weigh each piece and compare it to its original weight. We’ll determine which substance did the best job of drying the apple.

How to make an apple mummy




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