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February 2017 Ancient Civilizations Board Game Assignment

Task:  Design and create an Ancient Civilization themed board game at home.  You can model it after a real game (Candyland, Monopoly,...); use elements of a real game but change the way it is played; or create an original game.  3-D games are welcome!

Objectives :

Students will apply their knowledge of an ancient civilization to create a fun game.
Students will begin to learn how to manage their time to do large projects.
Students will practice research skills.
Students will practice writing skills:
  writing instructions, writing a simple bibliography, and writiing carefully on playing cards and the gameboard.  This means careful spelling, punctuation where appropriate, and using capital letters on names and names of places on playing cards and the gameboard.

What I'm Looking For:

1.  A board game or card game with illustrations.  This can be on tagboard, heavy paper, or a recycled game board.  Heavy index cards work well for card games.

2.  Cards (if needed for the game).  Dice, spinners, and tokens can be included or supplied by the teacher.  Cards may have true / false statements, multiple choice questions, or  comments like "Famine hits the Maya civilization.  Go back 5 spaces."  

3.  Directions for playing the game:
     *Use order words.
     *Write in sentences with capitals and periods.
     *Use capitals on all names and names of places.

4.  Bibliography of 3 books you used to gather or verify information.  Hardcover books may be checked out from Mrs. Porter but should be returned the next day so others can use them during class research time. (Feel free to check out a book multiple times.) You may also use websites, magazines and the sheets handed out in class.  In class we will be practicing making  bibliographies with titles and authors, so just keep a list of that information as you use the books.   If your child also records the ISBN # above the barcode on the back of books, a more detailed bibliography can be assembled in media.  You are encouraged to visit the library to find additional books.

5.  The written information should be done by hand by the student.   Start early and do a little bit each day.

6.  At least 30 facts on daily life (food, homes, clothing, education, types of jobs, ...see #7 below)  should be incorporated into the game.    An Egyptian game's facts should go beyond pyramids and mummies, a game on Ancient China would include a lot of information besides the Great Wall and the Terracotta Soldiers,

7.  Show what you know :  Ancient Civilizations

  The game should show evidence that the student knows the location and time period of the civilization and can describe daily life, new inventions and ideas, methods of communication, and the system(s) used to record time.  If the information is available, students should describe the human and physical features that acted as boundaries (mountains, body of water, wall, ...) and explain why people would want to settle in that place (superior soil for raising crops due to ???,  easily protected from attack, etc.)

.Civilizations we've touched on in class include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, the Aztecs, the Inca and the Maya.  I have 30 public library books available for class research.

 

Schedule of Due Dates 2017:

*By Thursday, Feb.16:  Sketch out your idea.  Gather materials needed.

*By Friday, Feb. 17:  Start your board.

*By Wednesday, March 22:  Complete the board and cards (if needed for the game).

***We will be playing these games in class...March 22, 23,24. 

*By Friday, March 24: Complete the final copy of the directions.  Hand in.

*By Tuesday, March 28: Complete the bibliography.  Hand in.