Welcome to Grade 8 Social Studies!

This year in Social Studies we will be learning about many of the ancient civilizations that have existed throughout history. We will also be looking at a variety of civilizations and societies that have helped create our modern world.

Our plan for this year in Social Studies:
-What is history?
-Mesopotamia
-Ancient Egypt
-Ancient Greece
-Ancient Rome
-Middle Ages (Europe)
-Middle Ages (China) (time permitting)
-Maya, Inca, Aztec civilizations
-Age of Exploration (time permitting)
-Renaissance & Reformation (time permitting)
-Industrial Revolution (time permitting)

Recent (20th Century) History:


http://www.neok12.com/World-Events.htm
Watch videos about various historical events (Need headphones)

Two great general websites for Grade 8 History:

http://www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/homepage
www.mrdonn.org

http://www.brainpop.co.uk/humanities/historyancient/
General Website on most major civilizations

Archaeology Games


http://archaeology.mrdonn.org/games.html


Iron Age Life- Archaeology Game
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/ironage_life/index_embed.shtml__


Early Humans Games

http://earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/games.html


Early Man - Mythic Journeys
Creation stories from around the world
__http://www.mythicjourneys.org/bigmyth/2_eng_myths.htm__


A virtual tour of the Lascaux Caves
__http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/00.xml__


How humans progressed from hunter-gatherer
__http://ed.ted.com/lessons/urbanization-and-the-future-of-cities-vance-kite__




Babylonian_Ziggurat.jpg

Mesopotomia:


http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/people-places-kids/australia-rockart-kids/
-video on Ancient Mesopotamia

http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/menu.html


Seven wonders of the world
__http://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/seven-wonders-world/__
(Hanging Gardens of Babylon)

Paris_456.JPG

Hammurabi's Code of Laws

tp://www.phillipmartin.info/hammurabi/hammurabi_codeindex.htm

River Valley Civilizations:
http://www.rivervalleycivilizations.com/yellow.php


egypt_palace.jpg



pyramid.jpg

tut.jpg

General Websites for Ancient Egypt:


__http://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/__
-Great General Research Website for our Inquiry projects




A good overview of Egyptian topics.Several interactive parts

__http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/egypt/__



360 interactive of most of the major Egyptian landmarks
__http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/explore-ancient-egypt.html__


Get a look inside real mummies using CT scans
__http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/mummies/index.html__


A guided journey through Ancient Egypt- exploring 5 main themes
__http://www.hyperstaffs.info/work/history/nixon/versions/flashindex.html__



Plan your afterlife, send a buried message or play a game of senet
__http://legacy.mos.org/quest/index.php__


Links to a variety of different resources on Ancient Egypt
__http://guardians.net/egypt/__



Watch, think, dig deeper and discuss- The Hidden History of Hatshepsut
__http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-pharaoh-that-wouldn-t-be-forgotten-kate-narev__



Egypt and other isolated civilizations that flourished
__http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-upside-of-isolated-civilizations-jason-shipinski__






Egyptian Mystery Game


http://deathinsakkara.com/
Solve the murder case!

Pyramid Building Game (BBC website)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/pyramid_challenge/index_embed.shtml

Embalming Game (BBC website)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/launch_gms_mummy_maker.shtml
http://www.mcq.org/momies/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/mummy_maker/index_embed.shtml

Embalming Information (Book of the Dead) Webquest:

http://cwd.uchicago.edu/Public/botdindex.html

"Tomb Adventure"
http://www.nms.ac.uk/kids/games_and_adventures/egyptian_tomb_adventure.aspx

Find out what your name would look like in Ancient Egyptian!
http://www.virtual-egypt.com/newhtml/glyph/glyph.html

Senet Board Game Online (BBC website)

http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/life/activity/main.html

Pyramids:

http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/pyramids/index.html

(Just click the small "interactive" button in the middle of the page)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/explore-ancient-egypt.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/games/terrible-treasures-game
http://ancienthistory.mrdonn.org/AncientEgypt.html
-lots of good sites, games, activities for learning about ancient egypt.
http://www.dia.org/collections/ancient/egypt/egypt.html
http://www.cleveleys.co.uk/wonders/greatpuramid.html
http://www.civilization.ca/civil/egypt/egypt_e.html

Hieroglyphics:

www.historyforkids.org/learn/egypt/literature/hieroglyphs.htm
http://www.kidzone.ws/cultures/egypt/hieroglyph.htm

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/egypt/hieroglyphs/
-Write your name in Hieroglyphics


ZeusThrone-l.jpg



Ancient Greece:



http://carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/GREECE/home.html
-Webquest website (Introductory Activity)
http://www.mccsc.edu/~kmcglaun/Greece/ancient.htm
-General website for Ancient Greece. Lots of good links.
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/greeks/
-General website for Ancient Greece. Lots of good links
http://greece.mrdonn.org/games.html
-Online games for Ancient Greece. Great site!
http://www.ancientgreece.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/the_olympic_games/
-Olympic games ...games
http://www.wingedsandals.com/
-Fun site for learning about Greek mythology

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/
-Fun Game on Ancient Greece. Click on "Ancient Greeks: Greece Hero"
http://www.hyperstaffs.info/work/history/miller/ancientgreece.swf
-Activity and Quiz on Ancient Greece.

A good overview of Greek topics.Several interactives
__http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/greece/__


Travel through Athens, Sparta and Olympia to become a Greek Hero!
__http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/games/greece/greekhero.swf__

A great overview of Greek gods, heroes and monsters
__http://www.mythweb.com/__


ELA meets World History in this fun game
__http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/athens_games/gameGreekToMe.ht__
Create your own Greek Myth
__http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/mythmachine.htm__


Visit the Ancient Olympics! From the BBC archived site. Click on activities
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/the_olympic_games/__


The origins of the Olympics. Watch, think, dig deeper, discuss
__http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-ancient-origins-of-the-olympics-armand-d-angour__


Ancient Rome:


http://www.rome.mrdonn.org/
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/romans/
http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/ancientrome.htm


Explore the land of the Romans, dress like a soldier, translate Latin
__http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/play/discover-the-romans/__


Gladiator, dress to kill
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/gladiator/index_embed.shtml__


Death in Rome- solve a Roman murder
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/launch_gms_deathrome.shtml__


Choose an Emperor and rule Rome
__http://www.pbs.org/empires/romans/special/emperor_game.html__


Roman Numerals Snakes and Ladders
__http://romans.tulliehouse.co.uk/flash/snakes/index.htm__


Experience life as a Roman solider
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/sysm/romans/index_choice.shtml__


Dig it up- Excavate the remains of a Roman town before a road gets built on the site!
__http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/games/digitup/romans/digitup.swf__



A day in the life of a teenage boy in Ancient Rome
__http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-glimpse-of-teenage-life-in-ancient-rome-ray-laurence__



Examining the conspiracy against Caesar
__http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-great-conspiracy-against-julius-caesar-kathryn-tempest__



Life of young wealthy women in Rome
__http://ed.ted.com/lessons/four-sisters-in-ancient-rome-ray-laurence__



Ancient Roman Games


http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/launch_gms_gladiator.shtml
-Gladiator game
http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/games/fling/ancientrome/
-Fling the Teacher trivia game
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/launch_gms_deathrome.shtml
-Ancient Roman Detective Game (Solve an ancient murder)

Ancient Rome- Which Emperor are you? Quiz
__http://www.pbs.org/empires/romans/special/quiz.html__
Machu_Picchu.jpg

Maya, Aztec, Incas:


http://www.amnh.org/ology/features/inca/?TB_iframe=true&height=540&width=750
http://mayaincaaztec.com/
http://www.aztec-history.com/
http://www.history.com/topics/maya/videos/mayan-encounter
http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/maya/mmc01eng.shtml

Vikings Game:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/vikings/launch_gms_viking_quest.shtml

Middle Ages:

http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/games.html
-A variety of games to play
http://www.goodwords.com/sayings/
-origins of English expressions
http://www.history.com/topics/dark-ages
-Videos on the Dark Ages
http://www.history.com/search?search-field=middle+ages&asset-type=Videos
Videos on the Middle Ages
http://www.anglomaniacy.pl/cityCreatorMedieval.htm
-Create your own Medieval Village
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/trebuchet/destroywave.html
-Use your trebuchet and attack the Medieval Castle
http://www.heraldry.ca/kids_en/artGamesPuzzles.htm
-Several games on different Medieval Topics
http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/parts-of-castles-in-the-middle-ages.htm
-Parts of a Castle


Re-enact The Battle of Hastings. Play as William of Normandy or King Harold
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/normans/launch_gms_battle_hastings.shtml__


Explore life at a Viking village
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/sysm/vikings/__



Experience life during the spread of the Black Death
__http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/themes/diseases/black_death.aspx__



Examine 8 different MIddle Ages topics enhanced with 57 video clip
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zfphvcw__


All about the Vikings
__http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztyr9j6__


What does it take to become a Viking Warrior?
__http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/play/discover-the-vikings/vikings-training-school/__


Design your own coat of arms
__http://vam.demo.lemberg.co.uk/interactive/coa__


Write your name in runes
__http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/write-your-name-in-runes.html__



Middle Ages Castle Defense
__https://www.thinglink.com/scene/361165390732066818__



All about the Magna Carta
__http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta__


Life of a woman during the Middle Ages
__http://mw.mcmaster.ca/world/index.html__


Explore the Bayeux Tapestry and the events leading up the The Battle of Hastings
__http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/__


China

The China Game
http://asiasociety.org/node/20787



History Challenges:

http://www.history.com/games/puzzles/timeline-puzzle/play
Timeline Challenge.