This week, our 6th graders have been learning about the world’s first empires: those that existed in Ancient Sumer a few thousand years ago. After nearly two class periods of hard work engaging with the textbook and synthesizing the readings with note-taking practice, the students integrated what they learned through play and creativity. Each student was placed into one of the four empires and then performed a memorable skit for their classmates showcasing the achievements and traditions of the time period. They developed original scripts and created handmade props. Silliness was encouraged! Some highlights include a paper-bearded Nebuchadnezzar II, a classroom-fern-turned-Hanging-Garden-of-Babylon, and a role-played example of trade in the world’s first economies.