Ancient Mesopotamia – The Fertile Crescent

28 Oct

This week we begin our new unit in Social Studies, Ancient Mesopotamia (Chapter 3). This video playlist will support what we read in the first lesson (Geography) and will give some background to this amazing empire. Mesopotamia is in the region currently known as the Middle East.
Essential Questions to consider in this lesson:
1) How did the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers support agriculture?
2) How did Mesopotamians cope (deal with or overcome) a lack of resources?

12 Responses to “Ancient Mesopotamia – The Fertile Crescent”

  1. Aoi and Alice October 30, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    1) How did the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers support agriculture?
    The rivers supported the soil by making it fertile and made it good for farming.

    2) How did Mesopotamians cope (deal with or overcome) a lack of resources?
    The Mesopotamians cope by using anything else that they had in the area (ex. Mud Bricks

  2. Sravya & Aisyah October 30, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    1) Q=How did the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers support agriculture?

    A=The rivers of Mesopotamia were important to support agriculture because the rivers provided water to irrigate crops. They also used the rivers for transportation;they went on boats to transport goods from village to village or to transport heavy loads. When the rivers were flooding, it would deposit silt(fertile soil).

    2) Q=How did Mesopotamians cope (deal with or overcome) a lack of resources?

    A= Because of a lack of resources the Mesopotamians had few resources, people ad to trade surplus crops to get what they needed.

  3. babblu6 October 30, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    1. There has so much water on both rivers, that it was easier to do irrigation and irrigation helps the plants and crops.

    2. Other groups could invade and attack the group that lacks of resources. Also, the houses either had to be made out of mud or reeds.

    babblu6/Sai

  4. Rahul October 30, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    The Tigris and Euphrates rivers helped the Mesopotamians travel across to get more resources. The rivers also provided fertile soil for their crops and they created a good irrigation system using the rivers.

    The Mesopotamians had surpluses of food and other resources but they had a lack of building materials. Since they had that lack of building materials, they couldn’t build strong houses and walls around their village so people could invade them easily.

  5. prhea2003 October 30, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    1) How did the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers support agriculture? The rivers made the land between them [Mesopotamia] fertile and packed with nutrients, making plants healthy and fat.
    2) How did Mesopotamians cope with a lack of resources? They made their houses out of mud and reeds, which made them easy to attack and invade. They created irrigation and the wheel. They used their surplus of crops to trade with merchant for other things.
    -Lesson answers by THE RHEACHINE.

  6. Tejas Sridhar October 30, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    1. The rivers gave the soil more water and nutrients for the crops to grow. Floods from the river went into canals that irrigated the fields.

    2. Mesopotamians coped with he lack of resources by using whatever they had instead. For example other civilisation used metal to protect their city but this civilisation used mud walls.

  7. Vinay Rao October 30, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    1) The Euphrates and Tigris helped agriculture because rain and melted snow would flow down the mountains and pick up soil on the way. Then the water from the mountain floods into the river. The river overflows and the soil washes on land, this special soil is called silt and is great for growing crops.

    2) Mesopotamians had a lack of resources. They had to use mud and straw for building structures instead of bricks or wood. These buildings were not as strong as wood or brick buildings, so they had to be repaired more often.

    By Rishi and Vinay

  8. Kazu,Mekhi October 31, 2014 at 3:54 am #

    1) They used the irrigation system to flow running water to crops. They also used dams to only use a certain amount of water to the crops. They use canals, gates, water wheel and irrigation to transport the river water to crops.
    2)They did not have wood or stone so they used mud and bricks to build houses. They used what they had to trade for the things that they did not have. They also traded surplus crops for minerals.

  9. Ilya and Ahmad October 31, 2014 at 3:56 am #

    1)There was a lot of water and mud in the land between those rivers. They were also digging canals to water their crops.
    2)They didn’t have wood and metal, but they had a lot of food so they could trade food for wood or metal. They were travelling to other places to get materials which they needed.

  10. Rin, Signe, Luca. October 31, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    1: The land had fertile soil, and the mesopotamians made canals to not give the plants to much water or to less water. They had an easier way to travel in boats which carried materials.

    2: The mesopotamians did not have wood or stone because of the place which they lived in, so instead they used mud to build houses. Sometimes other villages tried to invade or take over their village, so the mesopotamians build mud walls around their village.

    By: Rin, Signe & Luca

  11. Sunny October 31, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    1. The river supported agriculture by giving water, and getting rich soil from the river coming down. The soil had floated and traveled with the current of the river until it tangled with other soil and got heavy. Or the soil might have stayed there with water traveling on top of it. It was rich in minerals.

    2. With the lack of resources, they traded others for minerals, stones, etc… The things they didn’t have, but needed. The surpluses of crops allowed them to trade. Less troubles means more fun. 🙂

    By: Sunny, Taeyeon, Yumi

  12. Jeremy Dohun Raphael October 31, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    1: The land between the rivers helped agriculture by flooding, and deposited silt, which is very fertile, making the plants grow healthy.

    2: The Mesopotamians dealt with the lack of resources by finding other ways to build, such as mud bricks, reeds and small stones. They also traded for things they didn’t have: if they had a lot of one thing and they needed another thing, they would trade/

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