Fifth graders learned in social studies that religion played a huge factor in the daily life of people living in ancient Mesopotamia. There was a god or goddess for practically every aspect of life in ancient Babylon, and every major city or town center had a ziggurat dedicated to the patron god of that place. In a recent project, the role of the fifth graders was that of an architect in the court of King Ur-Nammu...They had to design and build their own ziggurats!
Here are the instructions they were given: "King Ur-Nammu has been pleased with your work on the Great Ziggurat of Ur and has given you a blank slate to create your own ziggurat dedicated to the god of your choosing. In order to get final approval to begin building your ziggurat, you must create a scale model of your newly planned ziggurat and present it to King Ur-Nammu. Your task is to create a model or diorama of your proposed ziggurat, along with selecting a god from ancient Mesopotamia, and a one-paragraph response as to why that god is worthy of such praise."
Thank you, Ms. Quenault for creating such a cool project - the boys loved it!