Ancient Civilizations Research Unit


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Ancient civilizations are so much fun to learn about, especially with this fun and engaging unit. The Ancient Civilizations research unit is perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and studying ancient civilizations such as Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and more. It is great for your ancient civilizations projects, reports, research, and more! Everything you need for a successful unit is included, so all that is left to do is print and go!

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Students will first learn how to use the text features in informational text including the table of contents and index. Then, students will be assigned an ancient civilization to study and, optionally, a partner or group to work with. Students will have an Ancient Civilizations Research Journal that they will use as a guide as they research about their ancient civilization, and their assigned person. Editable sections have been added to the research journals so you may add your own questions!
Once students have completed their research, they will use it to complete two culminating activities: a report/presentation and a model of an important structure from the ancient civilizations (examples: pyramid, parthenon). Students can use their creativity to create their model! Finally, other classes and parents will be invited to see their 3D models and what they’ve learned about their ancient civilization.


  • Teacher Info Pages: This includes a sample unit outline, grading rubric, and lesson plans for internet research, intro lesson, research journals, and final projects.
  • Book research/ text features worksheets: Students will review other text features including: glossary, titles, headings, photos, captions, graphs/charts, and special print. They will also compare and contrast the table of contents and index.
  • Internet research worksheets: These worksheets will familiarize your students with how to find credible sources on the internet for research.
  • Ancient Civilization Cards Cards with the name and clip art of the ancient civilizations. You can use these to assign students a person to research. The following cards are included:
    • Ancient Egypt
    • Ancient Greece
    • Ancient Rome
    • Ancient China
    • Ancient Mesopotamia
    • Ancient Kush
    • Early Hebrews
  • Research Journals: The research journals will guide the students throughout their research. There is one question on each page for the students to find the answer to. Pre-written pages are included, plus  blank ones to add your own questions. Full page and half page versions are BOTH included in this resource. Choose which version is best for your students.
  • Important Structure & Written Report Instructions Lesson plan for the student’s final project
  • Parent Letter & Invitation: Keep the parents in the loop! Let them know what is going on with the unit, and invite them to see the student’s hard work. Both of these are editable.
  • Final Report Pages and info: A final report page is included as well as examples and lessons for their final project.
  • **BONUS! ALL PAGES in the document are included in both vivid color AND Ink Friendly Black & White for your convenience**

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3 reviews for Ancient Civilizations Research Unit

  1. Abbi Coy

    I can’t wait to use these resources with my 6th graders. We love our Ancient Civilizations studies and these look so fun.

    • Kelsey

      Thank you so much, Abbi! Hope they love it. 🙂

  2. AliciaAlves69 (verified owner)

    This is the perfect complement to our 6th grade social studies curriculum! My students love project-based learning and adding a presentation component supports the speaking and listening standards for language arts!

    • Kelsey

      Thank you so much, Alicia! I hope your students love the unit!

  3. tarafarah7 (verified owner)

    I love this format – everything is so organzied! Thank you so much! I’m so excited that everything is so thorough and complete – no prep for me! Yayayy! Thank you, again! 🙂

    • Kelsey

      Thank you so much! I hope your students love it!

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