Ancient Civilizations Big Bundle! No-Prep, Google Compatible Units


Teach Mesopotamia, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, West African Kingdoms, Ancient India, and Mesoamerica without stress, and without a textbook! This bundle provides full units with informational reading workbooks, interactive activities, lesson plans, and more. A Continents & Oceans unit is also included to kick-off your Ancient Civilizations curriculum.


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All units are easy to use with independent learners, teacher-guided instruction, or a mix of both.



**Please note: Resources are not editable. For a better understanding of the lessons provided in this bundle, please click “View Preview” near the thumbnails at the top of the page and continue reading below, where specific topics in each unit are described. You can also ask any question in the Q&A!




  • Student Workbooks with Informational Text- No textbook needed!
  • Embedded Reading Skills Tasks: Annotations Directions, Guided Notes, Checks for Understanding (Main Idea, Summarize, Cause & Effect, Draw a Conclusion, Compare & Contrast).
  • Study Guide.
  • Interactive Notebook / Lapbook Activities for hands-on learning.
  • PowerPoints for teacher read alouds (fully aligned with the Student Workbook).
  • A Teacher Guide: Scripted Lesson Plans, Teacher Prep Checklists, Learning Goals, Answer Keys.
  • An End-of-Unit Test
  • Google Compatible Workbooks and PowerPoints (Google Slides)





Lesson 1Overview of the Earth

Lesson 2: The Oceans:

  • Pacific
  • Atlantic
  • Indian
  • Arctic
  • Southern

Lesson 3The Continents:

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia / Oceania
  • Antarctica

Lesson 4What is Latitude and Longitude?

  • Latitude and Equator
  • Longitude and Prime (Greenwich) Meridian

Lesson 5The Hemispheres and Directions:

  • Hemispheres
  • Directions and Compass Rose



Lesson 1- An Introduction to Mesopotamia:

  • Mesopotamia’s geography & the Fertile Crescent
  • Tigris & Euphrates River Valley Civilizations

Lesson 2- Mesopotamia- Government:

  • Five Major Civilizations: Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Assyria, Persia
  • Hammurabi’s Code
  • Famous Kings
  • Expansion & Organization techniques

Lesson 3- Mesopotamia- Economy:

  • Trade
  • Major Goods: Agricultural Goods, Textiles, Pottery
  • “Crossroads of Trade”
  • Interesting Fact- Donkey Caravans

Lesson 4- Mesopotamia- Culture:

  • Social structure
  • Belief Systems: Polytheism and Zoroastrianism
  • Sumer: Cuneiform, Epic of Gilgamesh, Ziggurat of Ur
  • Akkad: Akkadian language, Cylinder Seal
  • Babylon: System of Government & Justice, Hanging Gardens, Center of Culture
  • Assyria: Warrior-Society, Chariot and Iron technology, Schools & Libraries
  • Persia: Religious Tolerance, Invention of the refrigerator, famous games & sports.



Lesson 1- An Introduction to Ancient China:

  • China’s geography
  • Yellow River Valley Civilization

Lesson 2- Ancient China- Government:

  • Five Chinese Dynasties: Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, Tang
  • Civil Service
  • Mandate of Heaven

Lesson 3- Ancient China- Economy:

  • Trade
  • Major Goods: Tea, Spices, Silk, Porcelain, Gunpowder
  • Silk Road
  • Interesting Fact- Silk Worms

Lesson 4- Ancient China- Culture:

  • Social structure
  • Belief Systems: Confucianism and Taoism
  • Customs: Foot binding, Lantern Festival, Chinese Dragon
  • Arts & Architecture: Calligraphy, Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Hip Roofs



Lesson 1- An Introduction to Ancient Egypt:

  • Egypt’s geography, Nile River Valley Civilization

Lesson 2- Ancient Egypt- Government:

  • Types of Government: Absolute Monarchy and Theocracy
  • Pharaohs: Djoser, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II, Cleopatra

Lesson 3- Ancient Egypt- Economy:

  • Agriculture & Trade
  • Major Goods: Grains, Gold, Papyrus
  • The Barter System

Lesson 4- Ancient Egypt- Culture:

  • Social structure
  • Belief Systems: Polytheism, Mummification, the Afterlife
  • Art & Architecture: Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, King Tut’s Tomb, Frescos, Fashion
  • Math & Writing: Geometry, 365-day Calendar, Hieroglyphics, Rosetta Stone



Lesson 1- An Introduction to Ancient Greece:

  • Greece’s geography & early civilization

Lesson 2- Ancient Greece- Government:

  • City States: Argos, Corinth, Thebes, Athens, Sparta
  • Types of Government: Monarchy, Oligarchy, Democracy
  • Famous Rulers (including the only Greek Empire under Alexander the Great)
  • Peloponnesian War

Lesson 3- Ancient Greece- Economy:

  • Trade
  • Major Goods: Olives, Wine, Pottery
  • Greek influence on “International Trade”
  • Interesting Fact- the Olive Branch

Lesson 4- Ancient Greece- Culture:

  • Social structure
  • Belief Systems: Greek Mythology
  • Literature: The Iliad and the Odyssey
  • Philosophy: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle
  • Math & Science: Archimedes
  • The Arts: Amphitheaters, Marble Statues, Architecture
  • Olympics
  • The Acropolis



Lesson 1- An Introduction to Ancient Rome:

  • Rome’s geography, Romulus and Remus

Lesson 2- Ancient Rome- Government:

  • Republic: The Consuls, the Senate, and the Assembly
  • Empire: Caesar, Octavian, Nero, Constantine
  • Roman Legion

Lesson 3- Ancient Rome- Economy:

  • Agriculture & Trade
  • Major Goods: Olive Oil, Wine, Grain
  • An advanced system of Trade

Lesson 4- Ancient Rome- Culture:

  • Social structure
  • Belief Systems: Roman Mythology and Christianity
  • Language & Writing: Latin, Roman Numerals
  • Art & Architecture: Greek Influence, Mosaics, Sculpture, Pantheon
  • City-Planning: Roads, Aqueducts, Roman Baths
  • The Colosseum: Architecture, Festivals, Gladiators



Lesson 1- An Introduction to West Africa:

  • West Africa’s geography & location
  • The Three Great Kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

Lesson 2- West Africa- Government:

  • Absolute Monarchy & Theocracy
  • Ghana: Dinga Cisse, Theocracy, Tribal advisors
  • Mali: Sundiata Kieta, the Gbara, Mansa Musa
  • Songhai: Sunni Ali, Mohammed I, the Imperial Counsel

Lesson 3- West Africa- Economy:

  • Trade
  • Major Goods: Gold, Salt, Ivory
  • Mansa Musa and Global Trade
  • Timbuktu

Lesson 4- West Africa- Culture & Society:

  • Social structure
  • Belief Systems: Animism and Islam
  • Arab Travelers: Al Bakri and Ibn Battuta
  • Griots
  • Art: Pottery and Sculpture
  • Islamic Influence: Education, the Great Mosque of Djenne



Lesson 1- An Introduction to Ancient India:

  • West Africa’s geography & location
  • Monsoons
  • Indus River Valley Civilization

Lesson 2- Ancient India- Government:

  • Absolute Monarchy & Oligarchy
  • Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro: City-Planning, Trade
  • Maurya: War Elephants, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka
  • Gupta: Golden Age, Samudragupta, Chandragupta II

Lesson 3- Ancient India- Economy:

  • Trade
  • Major Goods: Textiles, Precious Stones & Metals, Spices
  • Global Trade Routes

Lesson 4- Ancient India- Culture & Society:

  • Social structure
  • Belief Systems: Hinduism and Buddhism
  • Sanskrit
  • Art & Architecture (Great Stupa, Ajanta Caves)
  • Math & Science: Zero, Decimal System, Solar Year
  • Medicine: Natural & wholistic medicine, Surgery, Sushruta



Lesson 1: An Overview of Mesoamerica:

  • Location and Geography
  • Farming and Resources
  • Zapotec People

Lesson 2: Maya Civilization:

  • Location, The Olmecs and their influence
  • Government, Farming, Religion
  • Advancements, Maya Spotlight: The Mayan Ruins

Lesson 3: Aztec Empire:

  • Location, Tenochtitlan
  • Government, Farming, Religion
  • Advancements, Aztec Spotlight: Teotihuacan

Lesson 4: Inca Empire:

  • Location, Cuzco
  • Government, Farming, Religion
  • Advancements, Inca Spotlight: Machu Picchu

Lesson 5: The Fall of Ancient America:

  • European Exploration
  • Warfare, Disease, and Collapse



– Great addition to your lesson planning and student experiences!





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