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Living in Ancient Mesopotamia

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10528

Travel back through time to the very first civilization. What would you do, eat, wear there? Through online research and videos, you'll learn about the different social classes of Ancient Mesopotamia.



learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What does it take to build a civilization?  What skills do people need?  Do you know what the first civilization was?

If you guessed Mesopotamia, you are correct.  

Humans went from hunters and gatherers to living in societies once they learned how to farm.  A very fertile land, great for growing crops, is where historians believe the first human civilizations originated. They call this area the Fertile Crescent. In the Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia was created.

To review and learn more about Mesopotamia, check out the Mesopotamia - a reading lesson for kids video below. (You can also explore the Elephango lesson found under Additional Resources in the right-hand sidebar.)

After watching the video, answer these questions on paper or to your teacher. To see the answers, go to the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar and print out Mesopotamia Video – Answer Key.  

  1. Who were the Nomads? 
  2. Where did people in the first civilizations begin to settle? 
  3. Why is the land in the Fertile Crescent so important? 
  4. What does the word "Mesopotamia" mean? 
  5. In ancient times, what civilizations lived in Mesopotamia?

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