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The Time Compass: Mesopotamia

21 minutes

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The episode explores the major forces of history as it traces human movement from caves, to cities and towns, and eventually to civilized societies with governments, laws, and religious codes. Students learn of the development of tools from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the development of cuneiform writing, the establishment of astronomy and astrology, and The Legend of Gilgamesh. They also learn of the succession of civilizations in Mesopotamia, from the Acadians, through the Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. The closing segment compares pyramids built in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central America, and Peru.

Media Details

Runtime: 21 minutes

The Time Compass
Episode 1
20 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
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Episode 2
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Episode 3
20 minutes
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Episode 4
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Episode 5
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Episode 6
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Episode 7
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Episode 8
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Grade Level: 5 - 8
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Episode 9
20 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
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Episode 10
17 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8

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    Laura S. (Lillington , NC)
    May 18th, 2019 at 03:33 PM

    Great for unit reviews!

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    James O. (Ocala, FL)
    May 3rd, 2019 at 09:42 AM

    engaging, relevant, fast paced and fun

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    Tonda S. (Burlington, WA)
    September 26th, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    A nice overview of what we know about this time and area. Thank you!

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    Janis H. (Danbury, NC)
    February 3rd, 2016 at 08:35 AM

    Great animation and explanation of the culture of Mesopotamia.