Ancient Indus Valley- Ancient Civilizations Unit Study

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This set of resources will help you teach your students about Ancient Indus Valley, which covers the early ancient history of India. It's also sometimes called the Harappan civilization.


Dive into history with recommendations for books, projects, and videos to supplement your studies. Hang posters that highlight the most important places from this time period. Learn about what they ate and what they wore. Create a detailed timeline with your classroom to learn about the most important events. Color and create maps of the area. Read articles about the most important things to know about this civilization. Do a few projects and crafts including creating an artifact museum, a bronze bracelet craft, a seashell necklace craft, and a soapstone seal. 7 writing prompts have been included from various writing genres so that you can easily incorporate writing into your history lessons.

What You Get:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction book recommendations for Ancient Indus Valley
  • Project and craft ideas
  • Links to youtube videos and documentaries
  • List of thematic spelling words
  • 8 important vocabulary strips (Irrigation, Indus River, Terracotta, Soapstone, Seal, Bricks, Desert, and Indus Script)
  • 3 famous places posters (City of Harappa, City of Mohenjo-daro, and The Great Bath)
  • Poster about "What did people in the Indus Valley eat?"
  • Cut-out time-line cards (9 total)
  • Long cut-out timeline to put up on the wall
  • World Map
  • Map of Indus Valley (blank and marked)
  • "Ancient Architects" article (provided in two reading levels)
  • "Soapstone Seal Carving" article (provided in two reading levels)
  • "Trading for Resources" article (provided in two reading levels)
  • 2 character cut-outs that teach about what they wore in the Indus Valley
  • Create an artifact museum craftivity
  • Reproduce 3 art artifact activity sheets
  • 3 coloring pages
  • Craft project: Create a Seashell Necklace
  • Craft project: Create a Bronze Bracelet
  • Craft project: Create a Measuring System and Ruler
  • Craft project: Make a Clay Seal with Indus Script
  • Craft project: Design a Terracotta Pot
  • Design city layout of an Indus Valley city
  • Seven 1-page writing prompts from several writing genres
  • Four 1-page writing prompts from several writing genres with primary writing lines
  • Four draw-and-write early writer prompt templates
  • Trading Card Game (10 or 5 player game to simulate what trade was and why it was important. Simple game where students are various merchants and have to trade resources with each other in order to "make" different things that were common in this culture. Super fun!!)
  • Review Game (Jeopardy Style) Includes instructions for setup, rules for the game, cut-outs for the headers, point cards, and question cards. 20 questions total.

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