More Ancient Civilizations

Just a few more photos of our 5th grade Ancient Civilizations work:

gilgamesh painting mom gilgamesh painting 5th grader
This painting is of Gilgamesh entering the dark crevice in the mountain comes from Live Ed. My painting is on the left, my 5th grader’s is on the right.

zigurat painting mom zigurat painting 5th grader

The Ziggurat is from the Guide to Fifth Grade Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting available at the wonderful blog A Waldorf Journey.

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Our drawings of Gilgamesh. Mine on left. 5th grader’s on right.

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5th grader’s Gilgamesh writing.

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These are natural clay cuniform tablets. My daughter and I carved stylus’ from sticks, and carved into the wet clay. My daughter’s is the first lines from the Babylonian Creation Epic. It says:

When heaven above was not yet named
Below the earth was not pronounced by name.

Text came from Live Ed. There was only a little bit of clay left over for my tablet, so mine simply reads ‘Heaven’. I like to call it my little slice of heaven!

And on to Egypt:

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These drawings depict the names of the Sun god Ra. We drew dawn, midday, and sunset. 5th grader’s on the left, mine on the right. These drawings are similar to some shown in Coloring with Block Crayons.

I read stories this week from Tales of Ancient Egypt:

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These are my favorite drawings of the year so far. We used photos from the tombs in The Book of the Dead. We used pencils for the drawings of Osirus and Isis, then we put papyrus under our papers and rubbed them with gold crayons. These pictures took us 2 days to complete! Maybe we are slow, but detailed drawings take us quite a while. My 5th grader’s is on the left, and mine is on the right.

Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

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At the end of this block I decided to sum up our studies by writing a page about each of the civilizations. These descriptions came mostly came from “Chapters from Ancient History” by Dorothy Harrer.

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3 Responses to More Ancient Civilizations

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  2. Sheila says:

    I found your blog through Carrie’s link, and I’m so glad I did. I am teaching grades 5 and 1 this year and love all the ideas you share. Thanks.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Your blog is absolutely wondefrul! Thank you for taking the time to share all of this. I am just starting a waldorf approach to our homeschooling and have found your stuff very helpful! 🙂

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