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Mr. K. from Martinez CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversity in Ancient Cultures & Today

Help me give my students 19 books about historical locations and people from ancient civilizations, toy figurines of historical people, and a lego set of the Great Wall of China so that they can explore diversity throughout history.

  • $432 goal

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My Students

My 6th grade students are a diverse group of individuals who are learning to appreciate history and culture from the ancient world. They love to hear stories of the way people lived long ago and compare it to their own lives today. My students come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, socio-economic levels, and academic ability levels. My classes include students with special needs, gifted gifted learners, and English language learners.

I strive to engage my students daily in engaging lessons and show them that ancient world history is relevant to their everyday lives.

I believe history class should be fun, relevant, and engaging. The more I can get my students to relate to the lives of people who lived hundreds of years ago, the more they understand their own beliefs and who they are.

My Project

Why should we study history? It was so long it even relevant today? Yes! As my students learn about ancient world history, they are also learning about themselves. Studying ancestors, no matter who's ancestors they are, helps you figure out who you are and why you believe what you do. You can learn about yourself through stories about them, and learn how to face challenges they face. You can also learn to appreciate the diverse cultures of people today by hearing the stories of their past.

The more that students engage in thoughts and activities where they imagine their lives in someone else's shoes, the more they appreciate differences and are empathetic to diverse people living today.

The "You Wouldn't Want to Be" series and "Who Was..." series of books do an amazing job of helping students visualize what it would have really been like to live that person's life. No matter who we are or when we live, we as humans face basically the same challenges - poverty, war, hunger, a need for shelter, etc. And we experience the same amazing things - love, belonging, trust, religion and morality - as any North American hunter-gatherer, Chinese farmer or Egyptian soldier would’ve experienced.

These books and toy figures will make the lives of people who lived hundreds of years ago come alive for my students. They are much more engaged with figurines and colorful, cleverly written books than they would be by using our boring textbook alone. As a culminating project, students will collaborate with each other and use the figurines and lego set to create short videos about ancient people. They will then compare the diversity of ancient cultures to the diversity they see in various cultures today.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China 21041 Building Kit (551 Piece) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
The Wallbook Timeline Collection • Amazon Business $34.40 1 $34.40
SuperToob: Ancient Rome • Amazon Business $19.26 1 $19.26
Ebros Egyptian King Tutankhamun Pharaoh Sarcophagus Coffin With Mummy Figurine Set 4"Long Egyptian Pharaoh Tombstone Historical Sculpture • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Safari Ltd Safariology Evolution of Man Historical Toy Figurines Including Australopithecus Afarensis, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Neanderthal, and Cro-Magnon • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Safari Ltd. Mythical Realms Minotaur with Club • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Papo "Roman Centurio Figure • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece! (Revised Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
You Wouldn't Want to Be Cleopatra! (Revised Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Sumerian Slave!: A Life of Hard Labor You'd Rather Avoid • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
You Wouldn't Want to Be Tutankhamen! • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder!: A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not Have • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!: Gory Things You'd Rather Not Know • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete! • Amazon Business $9.52 1 $9.52
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy!: Digusting Things You'd Rather Not Know • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Mammoth Hunter: Dangerous Beasts You'd Rather Not Encounter • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Great Wall of China!: Defenses You'd Rather Not Build • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
Papo "Caesar Figure • Amazon Business $9.03 1 $9.03
Papo "Roman Legionnary Figure • Amazon Business $8.56 1 $8.56
Where Is the Great Wall? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Alexander the Great? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Jesus? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Julius Caesar? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Are the Ten Commandments? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Where Is the Parthenon? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Where Is the Colosseum? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Where Are the Great Pyramids? (Where Is?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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