Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Water and Ancient India

By Sharon Thomas
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"Why did the people of Ancient India settle where they did?"

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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • Learning about the past helps us understand why the present lifestyles exist.
  • How water drives why we live where we live.
  • How power structures define daily life.
  • How history repeats itself.
  • The more information you collect the more accurate your findings will be.
Learning Objectives
  • Students will contruct a 3-D view of the geographical land of Ancient India.
  • Students will develop research and notetaking skills .
  • Culminating activity will consist of an oral presentation presenting their findings with visual aids.
  • Each student will videotape one of their peers during the oral presentations.
  • To fully measure the gained knowledge of all students with unique and diverse learning styles.
California Content Standards
History and Social Science
Grade Six. World History and Geography: Ancient Civilizations
HSS.6.5. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of India.
HSS.6.5.1. Locate and describe the major river system and discuss the physical setting that sup-ported the rise of this civilization.
HSS.6.5.4. Outline the social structure of the caste system.
HSS.6.5.6. Describe the growth of the Maurya empire and the political and moral achievements of the emperor Asoka.