How did Sumerians adapt to a challenging environment?

Put in the situation of a Sumerian farmer, children will learn how to deal with the challenges of a semi-desertic environment in order to survive:

how to control water ressources?

how to organise the lands around the village?

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Distribution docs - irrigation Olives (crop)

Children are divided into small groups - each group is a village.

Children will be learning to work as a community and to take decisions together to face the difficulties of the Sumerian agricultural year:

  When do the dams have to be open?

  When to use the water stored in the reservoirs?

  How to deal with fallow lands and cultivated fields?

Irrigation network revu par Fanny
coupe irrigation2

Years 3-4 are given a ready-made village (where all elements are already placed - dams, reservoirs, agricultural lands) and have to understand by themselves the watering system during the agricultural year.

Years 5-6 are asked to built up their whole village (choosing were to place dams and weirs, reservoirs and the main categories of agricultural lands)

Sumerian agriculture turned into a game: "so much fun!"

"My son explained everything about Sumerian agriculture to my husband"

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