Middle School history lesson plans and activities: Ancient history

Resources and ideas for history, ancient history, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

History timeline for display - easily adapted

History timeline for display - easily adapted

Goes from the dinosaurs through key periods of history to the present day. Use MS Word to adapt it. I have added the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages to the updated version. As well as the first public railway in 1825, England winning the World Cup in 1966 and the 2012 Olympics.

By MrColleyMaths

Roman Villa

Roman Villa

Roman villa lessonslesson one-Introduction to Roman Villa and key features Then a long term task pupils design a Roman estate agent booklet by being a Roman estate agent (word doc)The word doc is a 7 page booklet of roman villa budget task, students have a budget of 8,000 denarii to budget building a villa with rooms and fetures and then students produce a booklet to describe the villa (good for numeracy and literacy-pursuasive writing) work doc can be photopied in to an A5 booklet for pupils to plan their own villa. Explains key rooms, extras and features of Roman Villas

By leighbee23

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Roman Shields

Roman Shields

Powerpoint showing several photos of Roman shields that I made leading into an activity where children design their own Roman shield based on certain criteria.The children went on to design their own Roman Shields and then made then with cardboard and painted them.Perfect for giving them ideas! NEW! (Oct, 2015)As a BONUS I have now included a completely unique animated Roman timeline I made that can be included in your own presentations as I have converted to movie format. Thank you to all those that have downloaded and commented upon my resource.

By dave_orritt

Olympics games- ancient to modern

Olympics games- ancient to modern

An introduction to the ancient olympics and modern olympics, this lesson covers the history of the olympic games It also has a countries research task for students to doThere is also a long term project for students to design their own olympic games as a host nation These resources are useful for student to learn about the Olympics before the Brazil 2016 Olympic games this summer.

By leighbee23

Fun Class Assembly  Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Fun Class Assembly Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Just finished this assembly with my Y5 class, it went so well and they loved it. It involves an 'X factor' style show where each Greek god auditions to be king of the gods, whilst telling the audience a little bit about the Ancient Greeks. It involves throwing confetti at the audience, a dance routine to music from Disney's Hercules, and a boy dressing up as Cheryl Cole....if you want. Adapt and use as you want. Enjoy.

By koolkat123uk

Roman Gladiators

Roman Gladiators

Powerpoint that explains a popular form of Roman entertainment. Includes a gladiator labelling and sport broadcasting tasks

By leighbee23

Roman army

Roman army

A series of three lessons on the Roman Army- based on recruitment and why the army was successful. Includes three tasks labelling, card sort, spy task, recruitment advert task.Lots of high quality resources for KS2 and KS3 students

By leighbee23

Tolland Man Murder Mystery - interpreting evidence using inference

Tolland Man Murder Mystery - interpreting evidence using inference

This lesson is an introduction to the mystery of the Tolland Peat Bog Man and what happened to him. This lesson is designed to get younger KS3 pupils questioning evidence. They have to make a decision as to whether he was murdered, committed suicide or it was an accident. Pupils should work in pairs and the teacher drip feeds the information gradually to encourage pupils to form opinions and have them challenged. They then can present their decision to the rest of the class using the evidence.Contains three worksheets, full lesson plans and a fully animated Powerpoint presentation like a news report.

By PerfidiaBlackheart

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

This interesting and highly-stimulating lesson enables students to gain a clear and understanding of the key meanings in the Greek Myth ‘Echo and Narcissus.’ Through engagement with the story, students learn to interpret and infer the key meanings in the text, understand its predominant morals, and back up their ideas with textual evidence.The lesson follows a clear, logical, bite-size learning journey, which guides students towards differentiated learning objectives. Over the course of this journey, they become able to:- Define the key term 'moral' and identify the morals in popular tales;- Read the story 'Echo and Narcissus' and interpret the key meanings;- Identify, explain, and analyse the moral of the story in 'Echo and Narcissus';- Engage deeply with the text by inferring the thoughts and feelings of the key characters; - Test their understanding of the story by answering an exam-style comprehension question.-Peer assess each other's learning attempts.This resource pack includes:- A visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;;- Paper copies and online links to the extract needed for the lesson (end section of Act Two);- Greek Myths Definitions Cards;- Greek Myths worksheet (including answer sheet for teachers);- A logically scaffolded essay template;- A detailed lesson plan, complete with what the teacher and students should aim to achieve at each stage of the lesson.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the PowerPoint.

By TandLGuru

Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Pandora's Box Assembly or Class PlayThis class play can be used as an assembly (for performance) or as a class play, to be read within the classroom.Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration - around 15 - 20 minutes reading not including music suggestions.The Seven Deadly Sins plus all those Vices? No wonder our Narrator is worried! But as with all good stories, this one has a happy ending - well, maybe not for all those baddies!This is one of a collection of Ancient Greek Myth scripts – assemblies and guided reading scripts, sold as separate and combined products. This play could also be used as a PSHE resource – on resisting temptation, and the victory of good (hope) over evil (Seven Deadly Sins plus, in this case 19 Vices).Sample Text:Music 5 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt(Epimetheus sings love song to Pandora)Narrator: (Indicating for music to stop) Yes, yes. We get it! Young love!Epimetheus: Oh come on! Look at this perfect woman? How could I possibly resist?Narrator: (To audience) Aha! Somebody else who couldn’t resist temptation!(To Pandora) No offence to you, madam.(To Epimetheus) But did you not look a little deeper? I mean, yes, she’s undoubtedly beautiful but(Optional burst of The Price You Pay – Bruce Springsteen)Pandora: (Angrily) Oh right! It’s the blond argument, right? The ‘well, if she looks that good, there can’t be much underneath’? No spirit, heh?Music 6 Missionary Man – Eurythmics(Pandora throws off her ‘pretty clothes’ displaying a much stronger image)Narrator: (Holding up hand for music to stop) Whoa! That’s not the Perfect Pandora I was expecting!Epimetheus: (Gasping) And that’s not a side of my wife I’ve ever seen before!Pandora: Of course not! You only ever wanted me to be that perfect ‘domestic goddess’ – sitting around, looking pretty, staring vacantly out to space!Epimetheus: Well, isn’t that what wives are supposed to do?Narrator: Not this one, I suspect!(Optional excerpt of Thorn in my Side – Eurythmics – Pandora strutting up and down)Narrator: (Holding hand up) OK. Yes, we’ve got it! So underneath all that sweetness was a whole heap of frustration!Pandora: More like mega boredom! I mean, what was I supposed to do all day?Epimetheus: Stay out of mischief?

By suesplays

Characters from the Fall of Troy worksheet

Characters from the Fall of Troy worksheet

A worksheet designed to go along side listening to/ watching the story of the Fall of Troy.Many pupils find it a challenge to remember each character and what they do in the story. This activity is aimed at helping them to make sense for themselves of who is who and that their role is.

By Miffymimi

History: Booklet on the Ancient Egyptians to complete

History: Booklet on the Ancient Egyptians to complete

3rd/4th Class, age 8+This document is a booklet on Life in Ancient Egypt. It can be printed out in A5 and a copy given to each pupil. It can be used as an assessment after the unit of work is completed. It could also be used alongside a presentation on Ancient Egypt that the children fill in after each section. This booklet has questions on areas such as Pharaohs, land, Pyramids, clothing, Gods, mummification, education, hunting, etc.

By mcleanedel

The American West: Exoduster & Oklahoma Land Rush. GCSE 1-9.

The American West: Exoduster & Oklahoma Land Rush. GCSE 1-9.

This lesson has been designed for the GCSE Edexcel American West module. All outcomes are linked with Paper Two's Assessment Objectives 1 & 2. The focus of this lesson is to build pupils knowledge regarding the continued developments of settlement in the West. 1. Exoduster Movement (1879)2. Oklahoms Land Rush (1893)Pupils begin with a re-cap of different impacts of migration by studying American Progress, an 1872 painting by John Gast.Pupils then have a card sort activity to build their understanding of the causes and consequences of the Exoduster Movement 1879. Pupils then condust an inquiry of the Oklahoma Land Rush 1893 by viewing a video (embedded) and using a worksheet to consider the different perspectives in relation to this (Plains Indians V Settlers). Pupils then consolidate with an exam style question (Mark shceme Provided). Videos are embedded and links and further advice can be found within the description of the presentation. you may need the Edexcel GCSE 1-9 American West Text Book to support part of this lesson if you wish.

By morlem

Year 5/6 Topic Plan Ancient Greece - Including myths, newspaper, mythical beast report

Year 5/6 Topic Plan Ancient Greece - Including myths, newspaper, mythical beast report

Here is a topic topic plan with a range of ideas which can be used with KS2. This has been tried and tested as one of the most successful topics I've taught in year 5/6!Included are the following original model texts written by myself which can be used for the Talk for Writing process or however you choose featuring the requirements of the new expected and greater depth standard:-An original Non Chronological report about the Minotaur- An invented mythical creature report - A boxed up plan for planning a new creature - A version of the Perseus & Medusa Myth- An original myth - The story of the Trojan war-A newspaper report about the Trojan War

By Rjay85

Medieval History Bundle

Medieval History Bundle

4x fully resourced lesson packs - all complete with differentiated powerpoints and worksheets, clip links, starters, plenaries, LOs to three levels throughout. Designed to meet Ofsted Good-Outstanding criteria by a experienced History teacher in a UK secondary school. Suitable for KS3 and easy to adapt. I'm going to keep adding to this, so if you buy it check your downloads now and again as I'll have added something new :)

By History_Geek

Two full Celts lessons - Intro to the Celts: History Detectives Mystery + Celtic Religion/festivals

Two full Celts lessons - Intro to the Celts: History Detectives Mystery + Celtic Religion/festivals

These interactive and engaging lessons were created for use in a high-achieving Year 4 class but could easily be adapted for other ages or abilities.Lesson one starts off with a historical mystery - where has a buried skull come from? It then feeds through to information about the Celts, before getting the children to create a leaflet about the Celts.Lesson two explains about Celtic religious beliefs and festivals before the children make a spinner out of card to show different festivals.

By lily_the_pink

Modern/Ancient Greece History teaching resources - intro, gods and daily life

Modern/Ancient Greece History teaching resources - intro, gods and daily life

Three lessons based upon the Ancient Greece topic.The first lesson is a ppt presentation which uses true/false format questions to engage the children in learning about Modern Greece. The children will then produce a leaflet about Modern Greece.The second lesson is about daily life in Ancient Greece. Again there's a ppt presentation as well as cards to cut out and order for a hands-on activity. The children will then sketch an aspect of life in Ancient Greece to create a classroom display.The third lesson is about gods and goddesses in Ancient Greece with various discussion opportunities and mini activities. The children will then sketch and write about different Greek gods.I originally produced these resources for use in a high-achieving Year 4 class but they can very easily be adapted for different ages and abilities.

By lily_the_pink

St. George The Dragon Slayer

St. George The Dragon Slayer

A great resource for both KS1 and 2 to be used for St.George's Day. Includes a fact sheet, the legend written in child friendly vocabulary, creative, imaginative and descriptive writing sheets, composing poetry, writing diary extracts, newspaper articles, discussing themes, looking at characteristics of the characters in the legend and a few drawing activities. Also grammar brainstorming adjectives and a few comprehension questions.

By teachercellar

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Ancient Egypt -  Mummification presentations, worksheets and lesson plan.

Ancient Egypt - Mummification presentations, worksheets and lesson plan.

2017 Update.Resources mainly based around mummification but loads of other resources too! There is a movie file (converted from mac keynote) into a presentation file, lesson plan (which obtained outstanding.) I have also converted this to Powerpoint including videos. Also have included the original Mac Keynote and a 'reports lesson in mac format and Powerpoint conversion file! UPDATE: I have re-uploaded the 'mummification pics' in pdf format as well as the original microsoft word format due to review comments, photos are now viewable in several formats :-)

By dave_orritt

KS2 Planning Packs - Mega Bundle!

KS2 Planning Packs - Mega Bundle!

Download our most popular and well-loved planning packs from KS2history, all in one brilliant mega bundle! Each pack contains a full unit of work (detailed planning and accompanying resources) and is built around the 2014 National Curriculum for KS2. This is an excellent investment for KS2 teachers, subject co-ordinators and school leaders. All of our lessons are planned by outstanding teachers. History packs: - Stone Age to Iron Age Pack - Romans in Britain Pack - Shang Dynasty - Benin Kingdom Pack Literacy Packs - Escape from Pompeii - How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth - Egyptian Cinderella - Victorian Poetry - Beowulf - Romans Literacy Pack (Instructions) - Stone Age Boy

By KS2History

The Black Death

The Black Death

An hour long, fully resourced lesson with powerpoint, differentiated tasks throughout, worksheets, clip link and accompanying task focusing on an introduction to the Black Death, causes, cures and sources. Designed to meet Ofsted Good-Outstanding criteria by a experienced History teacher in a UK secondary school.

By History_Geek

The Archaeology of Poo

The Archaeology of Poo

A 29 page PPT that examines what ancient Poo can tell us about ancient lifestyles, patterns of trade, diseases and the people of the ancient world. With DNA techniques much more can be learnt about the ancient world through the study of waste.The PPT looks at;What we can learn from PoopCritters in PooCase studiesTransmission of disease (silk road / Crusades/ Farming/ Hygiene)Oldest PoopThe DNA evidence and scientific techniquesPlus some wonderful images of fossilised PooLatest evidence - well researched -great visuals and wonderful entertainment value - A must for all year groups looking at ancient cultures and what we are learning from waste products.

By teen91113

Year 7 History Homework Booklets

Year 7 History Homework Booklets

Attached in this document is a series of homework booklets that cover the following topics;1. The Islamic Empire2. The Middle Ages3. 10664. Historical Skills5. Tudors6. Stuarts7. Industrial Revolution8. SEND homework bookletsThese homework booklets will cover you for the whole year and can be reused and adapted accordingly. I hope they make your life a lot easier and help you to enjoy teaching rather than planning. I also have homework booklets for year 8 & 9 which have been uploaded.

By JamesLeopoldStuart

History Chronicle

History Chronicle

This is updated once a week and has a person of the week, event of the week, a YOU! section and an on this week section.

By paged1

Theseus and the Minotaur Assembly or Class Play

Theseus and the Minotaur Assembly or Class Play

Theseus and the Minotaur Assembly or Class PlayCast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration: 10 - 15 minutes reading (this does not include music suggestions)Monsters and heroes - not the easiest cast to deal with! But then Poseidon is more than man - sorry, make that - god enough to take this lot on!Also available (as separate purchase): This assembly plus Guided Reading Script plus Quiz (one of large collection of Ancient Greek scripts written by Sue Russell)Sample Text:Music 1 – El Matador Music(Cast file into hall, in order of speaking, taking seats along two rows of fifteen facing the audience)Poseidon: Welcome to this tale about(Enter Theseus)Music 2 Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler (chorus)(Theseus strides up and down, bracing his muscles and striking various ‘heroic postures’)Theseus: A hero! That’s me, Theseus!(Theseus gestures to cast to cheer)(Whole cast cheers)Poseidon: And(Enter Minotaur)Music 3 Deeper Underground – Jamiroquai (chorus)(Minotaur ‘skulks’ up and down, glaring at both cast and audience)Minotaur: Me! The Minotaur!(Minotaur ‘paws the ground’, snorts in anger and glares at cast who all boo)Poseidon: Hmm. Quite a split! In factTheseus: (Interrupting) You could say, Good versus Evil!Poseidon: (Glaring at Theseus) I could! But I’m not going to, if it’s all the same to you! (To audience, aside) These heroes! Think they’re God’s Gift!Theseus: Well, you may not have regarded me as a gift (pauses) Dad! (Pauses) But my other father did!(Enter Aegeus)Aegeus: Ah Theseus, my son! There you are! (To audience) I hope you haven’t been listening too much to this god, here (pointing at Poseidon). Gods! Way too much time on their hands and far too many off spring to show for it!Poseidon: What was that?Aegeus: Oh nothing, Poseidon! Just commenting on how creatively you fill your time. Truly awesome!Poseidon: Well, as God of the Seas I guess I am rather (pauses) what did you say? Oh, awesome, that’s right! A shame not everyone was in such awe of me as you!(Enter Minos)(Whole cast hisses and boos)Minos: (Angrily) Hey! That’s no way to greet the King of Crete!Aegeus: (Contemptuously) Pah! Some king you were!Minos: (Laughing) Huh! And you were any better, oh great King of Athens? (Pauses) Now, just remind me. Who had to send human sacrifices to who?Aegeus: (Exclaiming) Why, you evil, wicked, cruel, vindictive ..Poseidon: (Interrupting) Yes, yes. I think we get it. You two didn’t like each other much, did you?Aegeus: Oh I’ve barely started.

By suesplays

The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class Play

The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class Play

The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class PlayCast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration: around 10 - 15 minutes not including musicWhat was Poseidon thinking - taking on all these women? He might succeed at putting the youth Perseus in his place but a group of 'wronged women'? Never!This is one of a large collection of Ancient Greek scripts written by Sue Russell – guided reading scripts also available.Sample Text:Medusa: Just like I said! Gods! Men! The bane of our lives!Poseidon: (Clutching his forehead, muttering) I think I have a headache coming on. (Pauses)You know something? I suddenly feel just a little outnumbered! Would you ladies mind just giving me a short break?(Exit Athene, Medusa and Danae, shrugging their shoulders)Poseidon: Phew! Peace at last! Oh, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against ‘the weaker sex’(Athene comes storming back)Music 3 War – Edwin Starr – Brief excerptAthene: What was that you just said? Weaker, eh? I’ll show you weaker!(Athene strides up and down, wielding her sword)Poseidon: (Holding hand up) OK. I apologize.Athene: Goddess of wisdom and war! (To Poseidon) You’d do well to remember that!Poseidon: (Aside) As if I could forget! (To Athene) Now, what was I saying about having a little peace?Athene: Huh! Give me war any day!(Exit Athene)Poseidon: (Clutching head) Women! I knew I should never have agreed to this!(Enter Perseus, giving Poseidon a ‘high five)Perseus: What’s up, bro?Poseidon: (Indignantly) Bro? I’ll give you bro!Perseus: OK so I guess it’s Uncle, really – seeing as Zeus was my dad, and your brother!Poseidon: Correct! So, no more bro, right?Perseus: Fair enough! So, what’s the plan, dude?Poseidon: (Exploding) Dude? That’s even worse than bro! What is it with you youngsters? Can’t you talk normally?Perseus: (Sighing) OK I’ll try! I’m just not used to hanging out with oldies like you!Poseidon: (Exploding) Now look here, young Perseus! If you and me are going to get along, you need to show a little respect!(Enter Danae)Danae: Perseus! Where are those manners I taught you?Poseidon: I think he might have lost them during his travels!Danae: Well, let’s help him find them again! Poseidon is only trying toPoseidon: (Looking at his watch) Get this story told? Well, that’s proving a bit of a challenge! (To Danae) No offence, madam, but you women don’t half talk a lot!(Enter Polydectes, accompanied by ‘several’ women, all chatting and laughing)Polydectes: (Groaning) Tell me about it! You want to try keeping them quiet in court! Once they get going there’s no stopping them!

By suesplays

Ten Commandments Cut & Paste Worksheets for Kids - Catholic

Ten Commandments Cut & Paste Worksheets for Kids - Catholic

Here’s a set of cut and paste worksheet activities for the Ten Commandments for big and little kids! The pages included are….• 4 stone tablets – 2 in color (1 with roman numerals, 1 with plain numerals), 2 in bw (1 with roman numerals, 1 with plain numerals)• 2 lists of Commandments to glue on to the stone tablets (1 for big kids and 1 for little ones)• 1 worksheet to place the Commandments in order from 1-10• 2 cut & paste worksheets to place the number of the Commandment next to the Commandment (1 with roman numerals, 1 with plain numerals)• 2 Commandment strips to cut apart and place in order on a separate paper (page is provided for the one for younger kids)• 1 page to cut out words and glue them in the correct location to complete the CommandmentsThese cut & paste worksheet activities are good for a variety of ages/grades and are perfect for learning, memorizing, or reviewing the 10 Commandments!NOTE: This is for the Catholic version of the 10 Commandments.Copyright 2015 by Elaine G of "The Treasured Schoolhouse". All Rights Reserved.

By TheSchoolhouse

Easter - Easter Story

Easter - Easter Story

1 hour PP, 3 worksheets, clip link, activity, fully resourced one hour lesson focussing on the history and religious significance of Easter. Suitable for KS3/2 Variety of different level tasks for MA,LA or Core Differentiated to 3 levels or more Designed to fit Ofsted criteria for' Good' or aboveMany more cheap and free resources at my shop: Emjcot's ShopLeave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)There is an easter food tasting activity sheet (also on PP) but it's optional and the lesson still works well without. Nice as an end of term treat though, I find!

By EC_Resources

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GCSE Public Health A3 info-mat: Ancient and Arabic Medicine

GCSE Public Health A3 info-mat: Ancient and Arabic Medicine

A3 info-mat introducing Hippocrates, Galen, Avicenna and the Arabic contributions to European medicine. Includes strategies to mastery key terminology and historical context. Contains wider reading homework/extension task and content checklist for revision purposes. Can be used as a resource during lesson, a stand alone lesson or a revision/exam technique lesson. Contains AQA GCSE questions to improve exam technique (type 2,3 and 4, see below);1. Has the role of the individual been the main factor in the development of medicine in Europe since medieval times? 2. Compare the bedside manner of Hippocrates in Ancient Greece with that of the NHS in the twenty-first century. In what ways are they similar?Significance (Question Type 2: AO1 and AO2, 8 marks) 3. Explain the significance of Arabic doctors in the development of Western European medicine.

By johnleehough