History Quest: Early Times Study Guide

Introduction Unit. What Is History?
Unit 1. Paleolithic Times
Ted Ed History of Dogs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_KWmzLObQ4 – This brief video explains this history of our best friends. The vocabulary is quite advanced, but the animation clarifies the meaning.
Unit 2. Neolithic Times

Watch a demonstration of how to make Neolithic pottery in this YouTube video.




Unit 3. Civilizations Begin
Use this website to see how your name looks in cuneiform: https://www.penn.museum/cgi/cuneiform.php
Unit 4. Sumer
Find a wealth of additional information about life in ancient Mesopotamia here: http://mesopotamia.lib.uchicago.edu

Learn about a very famous piece of ancient artwork, the Standard of Ur: http://www.teachinghistory100.org/objects/about_the_object/ur_standard

A video from TeacherTube that explains how writing got started (contains an ad at the beginning): https://www.teachertube.com/video/cuneiform-250885

Unit 5. Egypt: Part One
Learn how to make a mummy from National Geographic Kids. The illustrations are cartoonish, making them easy to use with those who might be squeamish about mummies:  https://www.natgeokids.com/au/discover/history/egypt/how-to-make-a-mummy/

Information on many of the ancient Egyptian gods:  https://www.historyforkids.net/egyptian-gods.html

Watch a TedEd video about a day in the life of an Egyptian doctor:  https://youtu.be/2rvLEJrQm7g


Unit 6. Egypt: Part Two
A fun game Birmingham Museums. This site covers ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and later time periods: https://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/schools/bmag-for-kids?fbclid=IwAR0z3LnKJwjbaIfUsojhcjku_3TjPr4CrVjAOEiq4PXHVu5V9DLjEwiCv6o

You met her in your History Hop! Here’s Hatshepsut’s very own Ted Ed video about the attempts to erase her reign:


Unit 7. Ancient Andes
A video about Peruvian weaving:


Unit 8. Mesoamerica
This site from DK has lots of kid-friendly information about Maya culture:  https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/mayans/

The creation story of the Maya:

Check out the famous Maya ball game in action (with a softer ball than the traditional):


Unit 9. Babylon
Here’s a mesmerizing virtual YouTube tour of the Hanging Gardens of Assyria:


Unit 11. Persia
This website summarizes some of the main facts about the Persians:



Unit 12. Hebrews and Phoenicians
TedED Video about why purple is never used in any country’s flags – includes background on the Phoenicians and their famous purple dye:   https://ed.ted.com/featured/Zeu6QxKu



Unit 13. Minoans and Mycenaeans
TedEd video that explores the question: Did Troy Really Exist?

Two websites displaying some of the art of the times:



Unit 14. Ancient Greece Develops
Information on what it was like to be a child in ancient Greece:



This TedEd teaches us more about our friend Herodotus, and also includes some information on Sparta:



A TedEd about the origin of the Olympics:



This TedEd video goes more in depth about Sparta:



Unit 15. Classical Greece

A TedEd video about life in Athens:



Unit 16. Macedonians
A website with more information on Alexander the Great:



Unit 17. Ancient India: Part One
An animated virtual tour of the Indus Valley:



A highly interactive website about the Indus Valley from the BBC:



Unit 18. Ancient India: Part Two
An animated video about the life of Ashoka the Great:


Unit 19. Roman Republic

YouTube video shows how Rome changed the map year after year, very interesting:


History Quest does not have in depth coverage of Cleopatra. If you’re interested in learning more about her, check out this TedEd video:




A TedEd video for those who can’t get enough on Roman soldiers:

Unit 20. Roman Empire
For those interested in architecture, here’s a video about how arches work:

This 8-minute video is a virtual time-lapse video of what it was like the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii:

A TedEd video about the assassination of Julius Caesar:



Unit 21. Fall of Rome
A kid’s song that teaches Roman numerals:



Unit 22. Kushites and Aksumites
This week’s craft project is to make and play a game of Mancala. Here’s a lot more information about the game:





Unit 23. Ancient China: Part One
This YouTube video demonstrates Chinese calligraphy:


After you meet Empress Leizu in your History Hop, check out this YouTube video about silk-making:


A TedEd video about the history of tea. Only the first minute takes place during ancient times. The rest of the video covers developments regarding tea in later times:


Unit 24. Ancient China: Part Two
A brief National Geographic video about the terracotta army:



Check out this TedEd video about the famous terracotta army:


TedEd video will teach you more about the Silk Road:


This 30-minute video could serve as an extra lesson on ancient China for those who want to review or learn more:



Unit 25. Byzantine Empire

A brief overview of the fascinating history of the Hagia Sophia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRPp3jzv1Tw

A video of walking through the Hagia Sophia in 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJZuvgnrdp4&t=2s

TedEd video covers the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire. Only the first part of the video deals with events from ancient times:

Unit 26. Arabia
TedEd video will show you more about Islamic design and makes a great connection for those studying geometry:


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