Near East Activities
  • Think about how people work and make a living in your community. Name some of these job types and interests. Consider government jobs (such as police and fire safety workers), educators, architects and construction personnel, ministers and church workers, manufacturers, artists and designers, doctors, farmers, and retail workers.

  • Objects collected at Jericho tell us that the people cultivated grain, and used stone grinding tools to prepare the grain for baking bread. Bake bread as a class project. Using stone-ground flour, grind it further with a mortar and pestle. Add yeast to half of the dough and watch it rise. Make an unleavened loaf as a comparison. Form two round loaves, bake, and have a feast.

  • Explore the Asian custom of using ceiling wax and a stamp or chock to seal a document. Today we have a document notarized by an official to show that it is a legal and true statement. We also have logos to represent businesses and organizations. Design a class seal, logo, or motif, and use it for your official paperwork.

  • Proverbs have been found inscribed on cuneiform tablets. Some of the most famous proverbs are similar to sayings common to us today. Read the following ancient proverbs and discuss their meanings:

"A sweet word is everybody's friend."

"Tell a lie; then if you tell the truth, it will be thought a lie."

(Compare this with the story of the boy who cried "wolf.")

"Wealth is hard to come by, but poverty is always with us."

Research other proverbs or make up your own.

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