In trying to come up with a way to make the study of this info a little less painful I had my kids create gameboards to go along with a set of question cards. We brainstormed the questions together and I typed and printed them out. It was a rainy day today so kids couldn't go out for recess anyway so it was a perfect day to make a game. The kids were told to create a game that showed what they know about the civilizations. I'm grading them on these boards and using a rubric that assesses: content, quality and creativity. Here are some examples of what they came up with:
I loved this one. The game pieces are the little Greek figures.
This one is building a road across the board. We learned that the Romans were masters at road building!
This board includes the god Zeus. You don't want to get Zeus angry when playing this one!
This one has tiles and the markers. We learned that the Greeks and Romans decorated their buildings with mosaic tiles!
The kids were productive and busy! They did a pretty good job of monitoring their voice levels. Here is our voice meter. Our entire building uses these voice levels and I love the consistency throughout the whole school.
My kids will get to try out their boards tomorrow by playing it with friends. Then this will go home as part of their Make It and Take It Study Packet for the Civilizations. Hopefully moms and dads will spend some time playing a round or two with kids.
Here are the questions my kids came up with for my Stafford and Fairfax Friends (or anyone else who teaches this content).