Ancient Mesopotamian Bricks!

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!






Society/ Culture

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?

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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.

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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?


What is the hierachy of living things?

As we have already learned cells are the basic building block of life. But what is it called when many cells get together? And what is an organism? Are you an organism?

Read the article in class and click on the link below to answer follow up questions.

Is my dog an organism?


Xylema dn Phloem are found in plants. What would they be called? Are they cells, tissue, organs, a body system, or an organism?

Xylem and Phloem

The Cell

We are going to begin our new unit on the basic building blocks of life… CELLS!!! We will be starting our BIG CELL PROJECT ,so get your creative juices flowing. You will have an opporunity to create both a plant and animal cell out of everyday items, it can even be edible! Our Due date is Tuesday October 1st and it is worth 75 points! So get them done early and save yourself the stress.Here are some ideas from the past.

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Here are some websites to help you:


Please Respond to these three questions in complete sentences!!!

1. What do you already know about the cell?

2. What do you know about the difference between a plant and animal cell?

3. What do you plan on making your cells out of?