Simulation of the Ancient World

By Kristin Sanderson

Fourth grade children continue their study of Ancient Egypt.  The children kicked off their simulation by working in groups to select their unique character identities — names, ages, family members, and roles (jobs) such as priest/priestess, scribe, merchant, or servant.  Next, the fourth graders will begin journaling from the perspective of their simulated Egyptian characters, and will later use their knowledge of ancient Egypt to collaborate and “build” their own civilization from scratch. They will ask and answer questions (does government by oligarchy or consensus seem to make better sense?) about how the civilization will run, and then role-play Ancient Egyptian scenarios based on the decisions they make.


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