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Book List: Ancient Mesopotamia & Ancient Egypt

Book List: Ancient Mesopotamia & Ancient Egypt

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!  Throughout the summer, in response to numerous requests, I will be posting book lists that correspond with each unit study on this U READ Thru History blog.   Following is a list of titles (organized by grade level) that will be used for the Year 1 unit study on Ancient Mesopotamia & Ancient Egypt (see the tab at the top of this blog).  If your library does not carry these books, you may be able to obtain them through interlibrary loan.  Of course, all of these titles can also be purchased on Amazon.com or abebooks.com.

May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!

– Gwen

Grades K – 3:

  1. Let There Be Light by Pauline Baynes
  2. Adam & Eve story from a children’s Bible
  3. Let There Be Light (Noah’s Ark section only) by Jane Ray
  4. Tower of Babel story in a children’s Bible AND The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 1 – 3 only) by Martha Rustad
  5. Abraham by Nest Entertainment or story of Abraham from children’s Bible AND Read: The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon by Martha Rustad (Chp 4 only)
  6. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Read Introduction & Chp 1)
  7. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Chp 6 only)
  8. Joseph by Brian Wildsmith
  9. The Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher
  10. Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
  11. Exodus by Brian Wildsmith
  12. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 4) by Linda Honan
  13. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 2) by Linda Honan
  14. Mummies, Pyramids, & Pharoahs by Gail Gibbons
  15. Reread Mummies, Pyramids, & Pharoahs by Gail Gibbons
  16. Story of Daniel & Story of Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego in a children’s Bible AND The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 5 – 6 only) by Martha Rustad

Grade 4:

  1. Genesis 1:1 –2 :3
  2. Genesis 2:4 –5 :32
  3. Genesis 6:1 – 9:17
  4. Genesis 11: 1- 32 & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 1 – 3 only) by Martha Rustad
  5. Genesis 18: 1- 15 & Genesis 21:1-7, & Genesis 22:1-19 AND The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 4 only) by Martha Rustad
  6. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Read Introduction & Chp 1)
  7. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Chp 6 only)
  8. Genesis 40:1 -40:57
  9. The Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher
  10. Secret of the Mummies by Harriet Griffey
  11. Exodus by Mary Auld
  12. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 4) by Linda Honan
  13. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 2) by Linda Honan
  14. King Fisher Voyages: Ancient Egypt by Simon Adams (pg 1 – 29)
  15. King Fisher Voyages: Ancient Egypt by Simon Adams (pg 30 – end)
  16. Daniel 3, Daniel 6 AND The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 5 – 6 only) by Martha Rustad

Grade 5:

  1. Genesis 1:1 –2 :3
  2. Genesis 2:4 –5 :32
  3. Genesis 6:1 – 9:17
  4. Genesis 11: 1- 32 & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 1 – 3 only) by Martha Rustad
  5. Genesis 18: 1- 15 & Genesis 21:1-7, & Genesis 22:1-19 AND The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 4 only) by Martha Rustad
  6. Egyptian Dynasties by Joyce Haynes (Read Chp 3 only)
  7. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Chp 6 only)
  8. Genesis 40:1 -40:57
  9. The Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher
  10. Secret of the Mummies by Harriet Griffey
  11. Exodus by Mary Auld
  12. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 4) by Linda Honan
  13. Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 2) by Linda Honan
  14. King Fisher Voyages: Ancient Egypt by Simon Adams (pg 1 – 29)
  15. King Fisher Voyages: Ancient Egypt by Simon Adams (pg 30 – end)
  16. Daniel 3, Daniel 6 AND The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 5 – 6 only) by Martha Rustad

Grade 6:

  1. Genesis 1:1 –2 :3
  2. Genesis 2:4 –5 :32
  3. Genesis 6:1 – 9:17 AND Out of the Ark: Stories from the World’s Religions (read pgs 26 – 35 only)
  4. Genesis 11: 1- 32 AND The Sumerians by Elaine Landau
  5. Genesis 18: 1 – 19:29; Genesis 21:1-7 & Genesis 22:1-19 AND Ancient Computing by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 2 only)
  6. Egyptian Dynasties by Joyce Haynes (Read Chp 3 only)
  7. Ancient Transportation by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only) AND Ancient Agriculture by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only)
  8. Genesis 37:1 – 37:36; 39:1 – 50:26
  9. Egyptian Mythology by Janell Broyles (Chps 1 – 3 only)
  10. Secret of the Mummies by Harriet Griffey
  11. Exodus by Mary Auld
  12. The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs by Carol Donoughue
  13. Pyramids of Egypt by Don Narde
  14. King Fisher Voyages: Ancient Egypt by Simon Adams (pg 1 – 29)
  15. King Fisher Voyages: Ancient Egypt by Simon Adams (pg 30 – end)
  16. Daniel 1, Daniel 3, & Daniel 7 AND The Babylonians by Elaine Landau

Grades 7 & 8:

  1. Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 & Look up and read about the following on the internet: “Big Bang Theory”, “Day Age Theory”, “Gap Theory”, “Theistic Evolution”, & “Intelligent Design”
  2. Genesis 2:4 – 5:32 AND Ancient Agriculture by Michael & Mary Woods (Chapter 2 only)
  3. Genesis 6:1 – 9:17 AND Out of the Ark: Stories from the World’s Religions (read pgs 26 – 35 only)
  4. Genesis 11: 1- 32 AND The Sumerians by Elaine Landau
  5. Genesis 18: 1 – 19:29; Genesis 21:1-7 & Genesis 22:1-19 AND Ancient Computing by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 2 only)
  6. Egyptian Dynasties by Joyce Haynes (Read Chp 3 only)
  7. Ancient Transportation by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only) AND Ancient Agriculture by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only)
  8. Genesis 37:1 – 37:36; 39:1 – 50:26
  9. Egyptian Mythology by Janell Broyles (Chps 1 – 3 only)
  10. Egyptian Mummies: The Brittish Museum by Delia Pemberton
  11. Exodus 3:1 – 14:31
  12. The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs by Carol Donoughue
  13. Pyramids of Egypt by Don Narde
  14. Your Travel Guide to Ancient Egypt by Nancy Day (pgs 1 – 51)
  15. Your Travel Guide to Ancient Egypt by Nancy Day (pgs 52 – end)
  16. Daniel 1, Daniel 3, & Daniel 7 AND The Babylonians by Elaine Landau

Copyright July 6th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette

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Ancient Mesopotamia/Ancient Egypt Test

WEEK 17:  ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA/ANCIENT EGYPT TEST

NOTE: Following is the Ancient Mesopotamia/Ancient Egypt History Test.  7th and 8th graders should be able to do all of this test.  4th through 6th graders should be able to do most of the test.   K – 3rd graders will be able to do a lot of this test orally.   Each question is worth 2 points.  This test is OPTIONAL.   Please feel free to skip it; scale it; eliminate parts of it; use it merely as a review, or do whatever best suits your family!  If you choose to give your children this test, I would recommend reviewing the “Discussion Questions” from the last 16 weeks’ lesson plans the day before you give the test.

Following the test you will find a teachers’ answer key.

 

Name: __________________________ Date: ______________

ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA/ANCIENT EGYPT HISTORY TEST

Fill in the blanks with the correct answers:

1.  What did God create on the first day? ___________________________________________

 

2.  What did God create on the second day? ________________________________________

 

3.  What did God create on the third day?    _______________________________________

 

4.  What did God create on the fourth day? _________________________________________

 

5.  What did God create on the fifth day? ___________________________________________

 

6.  What did God create on the sixth day? ___________________________________________

 

7.  What did God do on the seventh day? ___________________________________________

 

8.  What did God use to create Eve? _______________________________________________

 

9.  Why did God send a flood to the earth? __________________________________________

 

10.  How many languages were spoken when people began building the Tower of Babel? _____

 

11. What river was the lifeline of Ancient Egypt? ______________________________________

 

12.  How did most people travel in Egypt?  ______________________________

 

13.  Where were most Egyptian tombs? ____________________________________________

 

14.  What did the Egyptians write on?  __________________________________

 

15.  The finding of what famous stone enabled people to finally understand Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics? _______________________________________________________________

 

16.  Name two of the 7 wonders of the Ancient World? _______________________________

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Circle the letter of the correct answer:

 

17.  The Theory that each day of the Biblical account of Creation was actually thousands or millions of years is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

18.  The Theory that each day of creation was a literal 24 hour day, but there was a gap of thousands or millions of years between the first and second verses of Genesis is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

19.  The Theory that creatures have evolved over time, but God has allowed them to do so is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

20.  The Theory that some great intelligent being began the universe and our earth is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

21.  The Theory that the universe began with a great explosion of matter is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

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22.  What two rivers are mentioned in the Bible during the Garden of Eden and were part of Ancient Mesopotamia?

A.  Nile River and Euphrates River

B.  Tigris River and Euphrates River

C.  Nile River and Tigris River

D.  Nile River only

 

23.  The Tower of Babel was probably a:

A.  Pyramid

B.  Ziggurat

C.  Sphinx

D.  Pillar

 

24.  Which group living in Mesopotamia probably invented the first writing system?

A.   The Sumerians

B.  The Babylonians

C.  The Egyptians

D.  The Israelites

 

25.  Which of the following was NOT a food the Ancient Egyptians usually ate:

A.  Wheat

B.  Honey

C.  Lambs

D.  Dates

 

26.  Who was the god of all creation? (Hint:  He had the head of a hawk.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

27.  Who was the god of the dead? (Hint:  He had a jackal head.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

28.  Who was the god of the Underworld?

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

29.  Who was the greatest of the goddesses? (Hint: She had a disk and a pair of horns on her head.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

30.  Who was the god of the desert? (Hint:  He had the head of an aardvark.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

31.  Which of the following was NOT a common job of the Ancient Egyptians?

A.  Priests

B.  Farmers

C.  Shepherds

D.  Scribes

 

32.  The Ancient Pyramids were built with:

A.  Stone

B.  Brick

C.  Wood

D. Cement

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33.  Name two SEAS near Ancient Egypt:

A.  The Dead Sea & the Red Sea

B.  The Nile River and the Red Sea

C.  The Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea

D.  The Nile River and the Mediterranean Sea

 

34.  Who was the most famous ruler of Babylon?

A.  Hammurabi

B. King Nebuchadnezzar II

C.  Ramses

D.  Moses

 

35.  Which of the following was NOT true of Nebuchadnezzar?

A.  He built canals.

B.  He built famous gardens.

C.  He built a huge, golden statue.

D.  He built a pyramid.

 

Write “T” if the answer is true.  Write “F” if the answer is false.

 36.  T/F  The Mesopotamians believed in hundreds of gods. ______

37.  T/F Many ancient cultures have different flood stories._______

38.  T/F Moses built an ark to escape the flood. ___________

39.  T/F  The word “babel” means confused. ___________

40.  T/F  Abraham and Sarah thought they were too old to have a baby. _____

41.  T/F  All Egyptians wore make-up. ______

42.  T/F  Judah was the favorite son of Jacob (Israel).  ________

43.  T/F Joseph became a great leader in Egypt. ________

44.  T/F The most famous mummy ever found was of Ramses. ____

45.  T/F Moses wanted to lead God’s people out of Egypt. _______

46.  T/F Most Ancient Egyptians could not read & write. _______

47.  T/F Hieroglyphics can be read from right to left or left to right. ___

48.  T/F  Thieves often robbed the Pharaohs’ tombs soon after they were buried. ________

49.  T/F The first great ruler of Babylon was Hammurabi. _____

50.  T/F Mom loves her kids and is very proud of them. ______

 

 

 

Extra Credit:

Name of 5 of the plagues against the Egyptians for 2 points.  Name all 10 of the plagues for 4 points.

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

 

For 2 points Describe 3 steps in making a mummy:

1.  ______________________________________________________________

2.  ______________________________________________________________

3.  ______________________________________________________________

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ANSWER KEY:

  • 1.  Darkness & Light
  • 2.  Water & Sky
  • 3.  Plants
  • 4.  Sun, Moon, Stars
  • 5.  Fish & Birds
  • 6.  People & Land Animals
  • 7.  Rest
  • 8.  Adam’s rib
  • 9.  Because of Man’s sin
  • 10.  1
  • 11.  Nile
  • 12.  By boat or walking
  • 13.  In the desert
  • 14.  Papyrus
  • 15.  Rosetta Stone
  • 16.  Any two of the following: Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Pyramid of Giza, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus, Mausoleum, Colossus, Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • 17.  C
  • 18.  D
  • 19.  B
  • 20.  E
  • 21.  A
  • 22. B
  • 23.  B
  • 24.  A
  • 25.  C
  • 26.  A
  • 27.  B
  • 28.  C
  • 29.  D
  • 30.  E
  • 31.  C
  • 32.  A
  • 33.  C
  • 34.  B
  • 35.  D
  • 36. T
  • 37.  T
  • 38.  F
  • 39.  T
  • 40.  T
  • 41.  T
  • 42.  F
  • 43.  T
  • 44.  F
  • 45.  F
  • 46.  T
  • 47.  T
  • 48.  T
  • 49.  T
  • 50.  T

Extra Credit:  10 Egyptian Plagues: Blood, Frogs, Gnats, Flies, Livestock, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, & Firstborn

Extra Credit: 3 steps in Making a Mummy:  1.  Take out inner organs, 2.  Stuff the body with linen, natron (salt), sand & saw dust,  3.  Wrap body with linen (& amulets)

Copyright April 6th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

 

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Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon (Part II)

 Week 16: Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon Part II**

READ:  K – 3:  Story of Daniel & Story of Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego in a children’s Bible*  & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 5 – 6 only) by Martha Rustad

4 – 5:  The Bible: Daniel  chapter 3, Daniel chapter 6 & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 5 – 6 only) by Martha Rustad

6 – 8:  The Bible: Daniel chapter 1, Daniel chapter 3, & Daniel chapter 7 & The Babylonians by Elaine Landau

* I highly recommend The Young Reader’s Bible by Bonnie Bruno & Carol Reinsma

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DISCUSS:

  • Who was the first great ruler of Babylon? (Hammurabi)
  • What was the “Code of Hammurabi”? (set of laws telling people how to live)
  • How do we know about this code? (carved on a stone)
  • Who was the most famous ruler of Babylon? (King Nebuchadnezzar II)
  • What did he do to make Babylon powerful? (built a bigger & better city, fixed canals, built wall around city; built famous “Hanging Gardens of Babylon”)
  • What were the “Hanging Gardens”?  (one of 7 wonders of the Ancient World; beautiful gardens built for the king’s wife on palace rooftop)
  • Why is Nebuchadnezzar famous in the Bible? (demanded that Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego bow to worship a huge golden statue; also had dreams of prophecy that Daniel interpreted.)

ACTIVITIES: K – 2: Coloring page of Daniel in the lion’s den & Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego in fiery furnace.  Click HERE  and HERE.

3 – 5: Write a paragraph discussing some of the good and bad things about King Nebuchadnezzar.

6 – 8: Write an essay discussing King Nebuchadnezzar’s positive and negative qualities.

** Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon Part I  lesson plan was posted several weeks ago.  To get to that lesson plan, click HERE.

Copyright March 30th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Moses and the Exodus

Week 11: Moses & the Exodus

READ:  K – 3:  Exodus by Brian Wildsmith

4 – 6Exodus by Mary Auld

7 – 8:  Exodus 3:1 – 14:31

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DISCUSS:

  • Did Moses want to lead God’s people out of Egypt? (No)
  • Why not?  (felt he couldn’t speak well)
  • How did God respond to Moses? (sent him anyway)
  • What plagues did God send against the Egyptians? (plague of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, death of firstborn.)
  • What did the Hebrews have to do to their doorframes? (put blood around them)
  • What was this time called? (Passover)
  • How did God deliver the Israelites from Pharoah’s army? (brought them through the Red Sea)

ACTIVITIES: 

K – 2: Moses & the Exodus coloring page.  Click HERE.

3 – 5: Crossword puzzle:  http://gardenofpraise.com/bibpuz7.htm

6 – 8:  Create your own crossword puzzle about Moses, the 10 Plagues, and the Exodus.  You must have at least 15 words.

Copyright February 23, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

 

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Joseph

Week 8: Joseph

READ:  K – 3:  Joseph by Brian Wildsmith

4 – 5:  Genesis 40:1 -40:57

6 – 8:  Genesis 37:1 – 37:36; 39:1 – 50:26

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DISCUSS:

      • Why was Joseph given a special coat? (favorite of father)
      • Why did his brothers sell him as a slave? (jealousy)
      • Why was Joseph put into prison? (Potiphar’s wife accused him of hurting her)
      • What special gift did God give Joseph? (ability to understand and interpret dreams)
      • Explain Pharoah’s dream and the meaning behind it? (seven fat cows ate seven skinny cows; seven full heads of grain – followed by seven meager heads of grain.  Meant 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine.)
      • How did Joseph become in charge of all Egypt? (Pharoah put him in charge.)
      • Why did Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt? (to buy grain)
      • Where did Joseph’s family eventually come to live? (Egypt in land of Goshen)

ACTIVITIES:

K – 5: Watch: Joseph DVD by Dreamworks

6 – 8: Write an essay: compare and contrast Joseph’s life with the Israelites and when he was in charge of all Egypt.  Which life do you think he preferred?  Where would you prefer to live?

Copyright February 2nd, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Abraham

Week 5:   Abraham

VIEW:  K – 3:  Abraham and Isaac by Nest Entertainment (many libraries across America carry these DVDs) OR  story of Abraham from children’s Bible    (I highly recommend The Young Reader’s Bible by Bonnie Bruno.  It’s excellent!) AND
READ: The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon by Martha Rustad (Chp 4 only)

4 – 6:  Genesis  18: 10 – 15 & Genesis 21:1-7, & Genesis 22:1-19  AND  The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 4 only) by Martha Rustad

7 – 8:  Genesis  18: 10 – 15 & Genesis 19: 1 – 29, & Genesis 21:1-7, & Genesis 22:1-19  AND  Ancient Computing by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 2 only)



DISCUSS:

  • Why didn’t Abraham & Sarah think they could have a baby? (too old)
  • What does the name Isaac mean? (he laughs)
  • Why did Abraham try to sacrifice his son? (God told him to)
  • Why didn’t he? (God stopped him)
  • Why did God ask him to? (tested his faith)
  • Abraham is sometimes referred to as the father of the Jewish nation.  Do you think this is a fair title?  Why or why not? (answers will vary)
  • Does God still ask people to do hard things today to test our faith?  Give some examples.  (answers will vary)
  • Abraham and his family lived in tents, not a city.  Why do you think this was the case? (livestock needed to move often to new pastures to feed)

Questions for Grades 7 – 8: 

  • How did the Ancient Mesopotamians measure weight? (used scales and standard weight balances)
  • Did they use maps? (yes)
  • Did they plan cities or did they just grow with the population? (they were planned)
  • How did they measure time? (with the sundial)
  • Why do we have 24 hr days? (started with the Babylonians)
  • When was Pi discovered? (with the Babylonians)
  • What is Pi? (circumference of a circle)

ACTIVITIES:

K – 3: Abraham & Isaac coloring page from this website:  Click HERE. 

4 – 6: Answer the following questions in writing:  Abraham is sometimes referred to as the father of the Jewish nation.  Do you think this is a fair title?  Why or why not?  Does God still ask people to do hard things today to test our faith?  Give some examples.  Abraham and his family lived in tents, not a city.  Why do you think this was the case?

7 – 8:  Find and color the Dead Sea on a map of Israel (click HERE); many people believe that is where Sodom & Gomorrah once were located.  Essay question:  Lot was Abraham’s nephew.  Why do you think Lot and his family wanted to stay in Sodom?  Do you believe things are better or worse in cities today than things were in Sodom & Gomorrah?  Why?

Copyright January 12, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon

Week 4:   Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon Part I

READ:  K – 3:  Tower of Babel story in a children’s Bible & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 1 – 3 only) by Martha Rustad

4 – 5:  Genesis  11:  1 – 32 & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 1 – 3 only) by Martha Rustad

6 – 8:  Genesis  11: 1 – 32 & The Sumerians by Elaine Landau


Note: Many people believe the Tower of Babel was built during the Babylonian empire.  Read 1 Chronicles 1:19.  This verse is about Peleg, the great, great, great grandson of Noah.  The verse says that in his time the earth was divided.  He probably lived at about the time of the building of the Tower of Babel.  There are some people who believe at one time the earth was all one continent, but at some point, it was broken into pieces.  Is it possible that in addition to confusing their languages, that God “scattered them from there over all the earth” by dividing the earth into pieces? Something to think about!

DISCUSS:

  • How many languages were spoken when people began building the Tower of Babel? (1)
  • Why did the Lord scatter the people over the earth and confuse their languages? (because they wanted to make a name for themselves)
  • What does the word “Babel” mean? (confused)
  • Find a picture of a ziggurat in your text or on the internet. (Click HERE.)  Many people believe the tower of Babel was a ziggurat.  Is this how you pictured the Tower of Babel?
  • Why were most ziggurats built? (to honor a city’s patron god)
  • What were the Babylonians’ buildings made of? (baked bricks)
  • Where did the Ancient Mesopotamians first live? (Fertile Crescent Area)
  • Which group living in Mesopotamia invented the first writing system? (The Sumerians)
  • Who lived in Mesopotamia first, the Sumerians or the Babylonians? (Sumerians)

Questions for Grades 6 – 8:

  • What were some of the jobs/positions of people in Ancient Mesopotamia? (king, government officials, merchants, scribes, farmers, slaves, priests)
  • How many gods did the Mesopotamians believe in? (Hundreds)

ACTIVITIES: K – 2: Build a ziggurat out of Legos, blocks, etc.

3 – 5:  Write a paragraph discussing some good and bad things about everyone being able to speak the same language.

6 – 8:  Write an essay: Compare and contrast Ancient Mesopotamian Life with the lives of the Ancient Hebrews.  Be sure to include where they lived, what they worshipped, what type of work they did, etc.

Copyright January 5th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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