6th Grade has been hard at work learning about Ancient Mesopotamia! We spent a long time researching various parts of Ancient Mesopotamian society and then writing an essay to present what we learned. Later on we will be presenting a visual aid to support our research… stay tune!
While studying about this ancient culture we learned about how they made bricks out of the materials they had; water and dirt! In science class we’ve been learning about the importance of water and waters four properties: solvent, metobolite, lubricant, and temperature regulator. We used water as both a solvent and a lubricant to make the bricks and clean up after ourselves.
We asked: How did the Mesopotamians use the scientific Method to determine which material make the best bricks?
First, we mixed together water and dirt to make the mud bricks. We packed the mold full just like the Ancient Mesopotamians did, then we used water as a lubricant to easily free the mud brick from the mold. We repeated the steps for the plaster and rock mixture. Finaly, let the bricks bake in the sun for three days just like the Mesopotamians.
According to our data what materials made the best bricks?
What did you learn about making bricks?
What would you suggest doing differently next time?