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Ohio Social Studies Strands Sarah Edwards The History of Pompeii Grade 2 Table of Contents American Heritage People in Societies World Interactions Citizenship Rights/Responsibilities Democratic Processes Decision Making & Resources Science Technology and Society American Heritage

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ohio social studies strands

Ohio Social Studies Strands

Sarah Edwards

The History of Pompeii

Grade 2

table of contents
Table of Contents
  • American Heritage
  • People in Societies
  • World Interactions
  • Citizenship Rights/Responsibilities
  • Democratic Processes
  • Decision Making & Resources
  • Science Technology and Society
american heritage
American Heritage


  • Create a timeline of major events starting from the earliest known date of Pompeii to today.


(Pompeii-A lost city is revealed. Complete with newest findings, what happened on that fateful day, what has been discovered, and what it might have been like to be there)


(Pompeii Uncovered. This site details what Pompeii was thought to look like before its destruction.

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American Heritage
  • Explore the pictures and write a one paragraph summary of what kinds of materials the people of Pompeii used to build their homes and buildings.


(The architecture of Pompeii. A photo journal of public sites and descriptions in Pompeii.)

  • Write a story about the last day in Pompeii using the dates from the timeline.
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American Heritage
  • Discover how the city of Pompeii changed from before the eruption to after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.


(This site details places in Pompeii such as the House of the Faun, the Forum, Amphitheater and Pompeii today)

  • Dress in clothing typical of the ancient people of Pompeii.
people in societies
People in Societies


  • Identify 5 similarities between Americans and the people of Pompeii.


(Gives the history of plumbing in Pompeii. Details how “sewer pipes” were constructed and used.)


(A photo journal of Pompeii. This site has pictures for streets, businesses, homes, and baths.)


(This site tells about Pompeii and what it might have looked like. There is a map of the city given in words and pictures.)

people and societies
People and Societies
  • Identify main places in the United States where Italians may live.
  • Make food typical of those living in Pompeii before it was destroyed.
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People in Societies
  • Using a map, identify the location of Pompeii and our city. In what ways are where we live the same?


(Gives a map of Italy and the locations in which Italian volcanoes and cities are.)

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People in Societies
  • Think and write about the ways in which Americans are similar to the people of Pompeii.


(This site details the nature of the graffiti found on the walls of Pompeii. Many sayings are similar to the graffiti found in US cities.)

world interactions activites and websites
World InteractionsACTIVITES and WEBSITES
  • Research the eruption of Mt. St. Helen and compare to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.


(Research on the eruption of Mount St. Helen in 20th century. Frequently asked questions about the eruption and what happened.)


(Specific details on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the fate of Pompeii.)

world interactions
World Interactions
  • Name and locate what continent the country of Italy is on.
  • Create a map of what you think the ancient city of Pompeii looked like.


(A map of what the city of Pompeii may have looked like and the layout of the streets.)


(Possible reconstruction patterns of places within Pompeii.)

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World Interactions
  • Label your map with places commonly found in Pompeii.


(A photo journal of common places in Pompeii after 80 B.C)

  • Using one place as the starting point, give directions using N, S, E, W to direct a friend to another place in Pompeii. Be sure to use a key.
citizenship rights and responsibilities
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities


  • Take a field trip to the Red Cross.


(A virtual tour of the Red Cross Organization and the services it provides.)

  • Learn about the history of the Red Cross and Clara Barton.


(Gives a list of books that children can read. Subjects range from the beginning of the Red Cross organization to Clara Barton.)

citizenship rights and responsibility
Citizenship Rights and Responsibility
  • In groups of 2-3, write a play depicting a fictional person who lived in Pompeii and their last day.
  • In the groups, delegate tasks to each person such as recorder, set manager, prop manager etc.
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Citizenship Rights and Responsibility
  • Write a paragraph describing what you could do to make your home safer in case a natural disaster occurred where you live.


(Gives a description of what the Red Cross does in wake of a natural disaster.)


(Helps families prepare their homes for tornados. Also gives safety measures to follow in case of a tornado.)


(Alerts children on what to do before and during a natural disaster. Also helps the children to vocalize how they feel during the process.)

democratic processes
Democratic Processes


  • Pretend you are the President of a club. What are four rules you will have and why?
  • Look at the government of Pompeii (or the Romans). What offices are similar to ours?


(This site explains the different offices held in the Roman government.)

  • Explain why it was important for those who discovered Pompeii to work together.
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Democratic Processes
  • Relate the government of Pompeii, or Rome, to the government in your school.


(Researches the roles of people within the Roman government.)

  • What are some of the rules in your city? Are they similar to the rules in Pompeii?


(This site lists several Roman laws some of which are similar to our laws.)


(This site lists more Roman laws, written in modern English.)


(This website lists the first 10 Amendments to our constitution.)

decision making and resources
Decision Making and Resources


  • Explain 3 goods that were important to those who lived in Pompeii.


(This site lists a few goods available to the people of Pompeii.)

  • List 3 services provided by those who lived in Pompeii.


(This site lists several services provided to the people of Pompeii.)

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Decision Making and Resources
  • Using food typical of the people of Pompeii, decide which you would eat or not eat. Represent in a graph.


(This site lists several types of food typically eaten by the Roman people.)


(This sites lists more types of food typically eaten by the Roman people.)

  • Name five modern goods or services that were not available to the people of Pompeii. Explain why they would want to have them if possible.
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Decision Making and Resources
  • Discover how the people of Pompeii would pay for goods or services.


(This site explains the money used to buy or pay for goods and/or services. The money used is Roman.)

science technology and society
Science, Technology and Society


  • Using the Internet, find 5 websites that give you information about Pompeii.
  • Explain one thing in Pompeii, that was considered to be technology oriented.
  • Explain the process of eruption, like the one that occurred at Mt. Vesuvius.


(This site gives scientific details on how a eruption happens.)

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Science, Technology and Society
  • Describe the parts of a volcano and how they are formed.


(This site lists the parts of a volcano as well as a picture of the parts.)


(This sites explains how a volcano is formed.)

  • Discover what happened before Mt. Vesuvius’s eruption.


(This site explains the events leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.)

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Science, Technology and Society
  • Discover what other eruptions have taken place in the world.


(This site lists the top ten worst eruptions in the world. Mt. Vesuvius is among them.)