Unit Plan

The Genius of the Ancients

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It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Fifth graders prove this with help from three lessons that examine how ancient cultures used their needs to drive innovations. In lesson one, pupils identify main ideas and supporting details to summarize information. Lesson two challenges learners to create and test an innovation based on an ancient need. Class members construct a vision board that illustrates one ancient culture.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create an invention-themed focus wall, add to it as the unit progresses with pictures and labels that detail key points
  • Give each participant a copy of the vision board checklist to guide their work
  • Display inventions and vision boards at Open House or Back to School Night
Classroom Considerations
  • The unit is designed for use with books from Crabtree Publishing, but lessons can be taught without them
  • Preparation requires copies of worksheets
  • Locate the materials list of each lesson to confirm what you need
  • The unit is thoroughly planned, providing lots of detail and strategies for a successful implementation
  • Lessons come with extension activities
  • None