Monday, May 29, 2017

Story of the World: Vol 1 - Chap 5 - The First Sumarian Dictator

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For Chapter 5 we actually managed to do all the reading on one day.  So why it divided in two days below?  Because we watched a movie on the other day.  

Day 1
The day before we read Chapter 5 in Story of the World we watched the first half of this video (stopping right after the part on cuneiform, at minute 14:40...the rest we are saving for future chapters). It covered  some things we had already learned about Mesopotamia, and added some new things.  This video is aimed at kids and very engaging and well done, from a Christian perspective.

Day 2

For this chapter I supplemented with DK Eyewitness Book: Mesopotamia, a book we used often during the first half of our SOTW: Ancient Times study.

First I prepared some Mesopotamian snacks (pistachios and grapes...I wanted pomegranates but they were out at the store).  I brought out the cuneiform tablet we had done during Chap 3 of Story on the World to have on the table since this chapter mentions that again.

Story of the World Reading

Paragraph 1 -2
I read through the first sentence in the second paragraph, then we stopped and found Egypt and Mesopotamia on the map.  I guestured to the cunieform we had done when it was mentioned, and before paragraph 3 we stopped and looked at  pages 16 -17 in DK Eyewitness Book: Mesopotamia, pointing out the houses people lived in and what they wore, and the foods they ate.  Then I brought out the snack.  My son said he didn't want to eat the pistachios at first but I convinced him to try one, and as soon as he ate it he said "These are the best things, EVER!"

Paragraph 3 - End of Chapter
While he ate we read on, and when Sargon was mentioned we looked at the picture of Sargon on pg 22 of Mesopotamia, (see other visuals online you can use if you don't have that book).   I was going to also  have him do a Dot to Dot puzzle I found on Sargon online to keep his hands busy while I read the rest of the SOTW chaper,  but he was happy snacking so I let that go.

We also read the bit on that page about Sargon's daughter being the first named author in history. 


When it came to activities, my son wasn't interested in any this day, but you can find some good ones at the following links.

1.  Make a Cylinder Seal
With Clay or Playdough, With Foam Stickers

2.  Play The Royal Game of Ur

3.  Build a Ziggurat in Legos

4.  Draw a Ziggurat

4.  Make a Mesopotamian House

(in addition to those in the SOTW Activity Book)



Sargon Head - (Public Domain) 

  • Mesopotamian Army - The first section shows models of the army of UR, and the second section shows models of Sargon's Army.  These look like they are pretty accurate.
  • Sargon (Artistic Interpretation + Historical Statue)
  • Sargon (Cute Cartoon, but definitely historically based)
  • Sargon (More realistic cartoon...not sure if outfit is historical)

This post is linking up at The Homeschool Nook and Homeschool Blog and Tell


  1. Love this post. Great ideas for learning about Mesopotamia. We are actually past this section of history, but we are doing a bit of a review, so this is perfect timing. I am going to have to have my kids (and myself) watch that video. Thanks for sharing over on Throwback Thursday Blog-Style.

    1. You're so welcome...hope they enjoyed the video!