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Excavate! The History Classics Rome Greece Egypt

Parents, teachers and students love our new Excavate! world history game series. In this bundle of three games players will have fun finding artifacts and uncovering educational knowledge on what we call the Classics – cultures for Rome, Greece and Egypt? Buying this bundle provides three games for hours of fun and learning. All games are fun for all family members while exploring these ancient cultures.

Learn history in a new way with Excavate! Classics, an immersive social studies collection of games for middle school students! Use Archaeological thinking to apply C3 skills of Inquiry and Evaluation of Evidence to aspects of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian daily life not covered in textbooks. By excavating and analyzing four significant locations in each game. In Rome, see architectural innovations that were used to build private homes, tenement apartments, public baths, and the Colosseum. In Greece, gain a new perspective on the Olympic Games. In Egypt, explore the significance of mummification in the Valley of the Kings. Just a few of the areas of learning player experience playing the games.

“The quality of information and the methodology behind the questions is stronger than any educational game I’ve ever played.” K-12 Director of Technology, MD

Players can explore the sites in any order; progress is recorded in journals that log collected artifacts, field notes and achievements. Throughout the game, players use C3 skills to analyze and make connections. They carefully deduce the facts about each area, stratum by stratum and artifact by artifact. At each location, players make meaning of how artifacts were used through a series of analysis questions and reports that require players to make connections, read closely and consider the historical context of the primary source artifacts. Finally, players see each site come alive as artifacts populate historically accurate images of the life in the three cultures.

Features:
• Engage with objects of daily life textbooks never include
• Use archaeological thinking to piece together historical understanding
• See artifacts in context in the ancient world
• Design input from Social Studies teachers
• Historically Accurate, C3 Skills-Based learning
• Free Teacher Guides, Lesson Plans, and Extension Activities
• Track Student Progress

What people are saying about Excavate!

“Excellent illustrations and collection of source material. I could see using this as a resource for a project. Good Collections of terms and other historical objects.” 7th Grade Social Studies, MD

“I LOVED the analysis questions because it assisted the kids in seeing the “big” picture and making connections.” – 5th Grade Social Studies, OH

Excavate! Series:
Built in consultation with social studies teachers, Excavate! uses overarching questions to focus student inquiry as they dig, analyze, report and learn through object-based evaluation. Highly detailed, historically accurate illustrations and artifacts help students make connections and see the “big picture” of ancient history. Interaction with artifacts, including detailed 3D models, allows students to understand what life was really like for people of different social roles. Extensive in-game resources such as comprehensive location and artifact information and an interactive glossary make it easy to extend the learning off the screen. Supporting educator materials, standards information and extension activities help educators seamlessly include Excavate! in any ancient history curriculum. Track student performance using the new GBLxAPI learning data format, which reports student progress against C3 and ELA standards in an easy to read format.

Excavate! is a multi-game world history series that includes old and new world civilizations such as Rome, Greece, Egypt, Maya, Inca, Mesopotamia and Byzantine. Lesson plan materials and additional activities available from our website for free.


Excavate! Byzantine Teacher Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this walks you through how to play the game and give ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Byzantine Guide- this provides the answers for the game’s content


Excavate Byzantine Artifact Based Questions

Free artifact based questions that are complimentary lesson plans for our Excavate! Byzantine Empire game.  These lesson plans are free and can be used with or without our digital products.

Download includes lesson plans for four sites in the Excavate! Byzantine game:

Hagia Sophia

Imperial Palace

Augustaion

Oikos

Learning Standards

Artifact-Based Question Guide Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.1.B – Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2.F – Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Excavate! Byzantine Inquiry Analysis Lesson

Social Studies Lesson Plan – Byzantine Empire

This free Inquiry-Based Analysis Lesson ( D-I-E ) is an supporting lesson plan for our Excavate! Byzantine Empire civilization history game for social studies educators – Activate student interest before playing Excavate! Byzantine by inviting students to describe artifacts and hypothesize their use in the Byzantine Empire.  Use the D-I-E lessons to record observations during game-play and to check their hypotheses for accuracy.  It is a fun way to prepare and engage with content while playing Excavate! Byzantine. (Answer sheet included)

There are four lesson plans including Hagia Sophia, Oikos, Imperial Palace, and the Augustaion which are the four sites students as archaeologists explore in the Excavate! Byzantine digital world history game.

These materials are designed for middle school and high school educators.  The educational game was designed for social studies classrooms for grade 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Free Social Studies Lessons

These lesson plans are provided free as part of our education mission at Dig-iT! Games.  Simply add this to your cart to download the games.  By downloading this free content you are agreeing to being added to our educational games newsletter.  You can remove yourself from the list at anytime.  If you purchase the classroom bundle edition they are included in your download.

Archaeology, Education and Games

Dig-iT! Games is a thought leader in bringing archaeology into the classroom with games.  Our Excavate! series of games builds upon the award-winning Mayan Mysteries game delivering world history civilizations to the middle school classroom.


Excavate! Mesoamerica Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Egypt Mesoamerica – this is the answer key for the Mesoamerica content.


Excavate! Egypt Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Egypt Guide – this is the answer key for the Excavate! Egypt content.


Excavate! Greece Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Greece Guide – this is the answer key for the Excavate! Greece content


Excavate! Mesopotamia Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Mesopotamia Guide – this is the answer key for the Excavate! Mesopotamia content


Excavate! Rome Guides

Here are two guides:

Excavate! Overview – How to play Excavate! and ideas for your class.

Excavate! Rome Guide – This is your answer key to the Rome content.


Excavate Mesoamerica Inquiry Analysis Lesson

Social Studies Lesson Plan – Mesoamerica

This free Inquiry-Based Analysis Lesson ( D-I-E ) is an supporting lesson plan for our Excavate! Mesoamerica civilization history game for social studies educators – Activate student interest before playing Excavate! Mesoamerica by inviting students to describe artifacts and hypothesize their use in Mesoamerica.  Use the D-I-E lessons to record observations during game-play and to check their hypotheses for accuracy.  It is a fun way to prepare and engage with content while playing Excavate! Mesoamerica . (Answer sheet included)

There are three lesson plans including Aztec, Inca, and Maya which are the three sites students as archaeologists explore in the Excavate! Mesoamerica digital world history game.

These materials are designed for middle school and high school educators.  The educational game was designed for social studies classrooms for grade 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Free Social Studies Lessons

These lesson plans are provided free as part of our education mission at Dig-iT! Games.  Simply add this to your cart to download the games.  By downloading this free content you are agreeing to being added to our educational games newsletter.  You can remove yourself from the list at anytime.  If you purchase the classroom bundle edition they are included in your download.

Archaeology, Education and Games

Dig-iT! Games is a thought leader in bringing archaeology into the classroom with games.  Our Excavate! series of games builds upon the award-winning Mayan Mysteries game delivering world history civilizations to the middle school classroom.


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