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Social Studies

Create ARTifacts! A Weekly Study of Art & Architecture of Ancient Civilizations

In this ongoing class, students explore the history of ancient civilizations through a hands-on approach- creating art, zooming on virtual field trips, and studying ancient ruins/architecture/artifacts! Civilizations by request / class vote
Samantha Helms
95 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
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Class Experience

Students will learn the general practices of archeologists while exploring specific information about each ancient civilization to include forms of art and architecture.
Mrs. Helms has received training from ADL (Anti-Defamation League) as a Peer-Diversity Trainer/Teacher. 
She is the Cultural Awareness and Responsive Education representative for her school. As such, she has specific training through Prince William County School Board of Education to provide diversity training, responsive education, and cultural awareness in the elementary setting. She has trained educators at two elementary schools to total over 80 teachers. She is also a licensed teacher in the state of Virginia. 

As a licensed elementary educator, she has received content training to deliver instruction for elementary level core subjects to include: science, social studies, writing, reading, and math. Social studies standards for third grade reflect the learning covered in this class on Ancient Civilizations. Mrs. Helms has delivered this course content for over 4 years in the state of Virginia. 

3.2	The student will explain how the contributions of ancient China and Egypt have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language.

3.3	The student will explain how the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, government (direct and representative democracy), and sports. 

3.4	The student will describe the oral tradition (storytelling), government (kings), and economic development (trade) of the early West African empire of Mali.

In addition, Mrs. Helms is Egyptian. She has many personal artifacts, videos, and photographs from her travels. She has photographs and videos from her personal travels of Greece, Rome, and Egypt. 

In addition, Mrs. Helms has a degree in Arts Education and Theater Arts. This concentration allows her a depth of understanding art history and its application to the elementary classroom. 
Students can complete art projects on their own time if they need extended time!
Materials for each week will be posted in the classroom to include a printout and step by step directions. Most materials are common art supplies and will not require additional shopping: playdough, black construction paper, white paper, dirt, black acrylic or watercolor paint, colored pencils/markers, colored construction paper
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will complete art projects and use the following supplies: scissors, construction paper, string, play dough, dirt/mud, paint.  Please ensure a clean work space and supervision at your discretion. 
Works Cited: Editors. “Egyptian Pyramids.”, A&E Television Networks, 14 Oct. 2009, 

“The Great Wall of China.”, A&E Television Networks, Accessed 27 Dec. 2021. Editors. “Silk Road.”, A&E Television Networks, 3 Nov. 2017, 

Mesopotamia 8000-2000 B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Trade between the Romans and the Empires of Asia.

Works Referenced:
Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization. Paul Kriwaczek.
Ancient Mesopotamia. Leo Oppenheim.
Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History. University of Chicago.
30,000 Years of Art. Editors at Phaidon.
Ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses.
Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han. Mark Edward Lewis.
The Dynasties of China. Bamber Gascoigne.
Early China: A Social and Cultural History. Li Feng.
Silk Road: Ancient History Encyclopedia.
List of Rulers of Ancient Greece.
Trade between the Romans and the Empires of Asia.
About the Silk Road: UNESCO.
The Legacy of the Silk Road. Yale University.
China’s Gift to the West. Columbia University.
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories. Edited by Robert B. Strassler.
Royal Road.

*Sources to be updated each week with works cited and referenced per civilization explored.


Samantha HelmsHands On Learning with an Elementary Certified Teacher
95 total reviews
45 completed classes

About Me

My name is Samantha Helms. I am a certified elementary education teacher, outdoor summer camp director, theater arts program director, Spartan/Ragnar runner, online English tutor, and mother of three energetic world-changing boys.

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