John Dewey once said meaningful learning occurs when successive learning experiences “are integrated with one another. It [a learning experience] can be built up only as a world of related objects is constructed.”
That’s one of the tasks of volume 3 in the middle grade historical fiction series Ancient Elements – The Silver Coin. This adventurous series about life in Ancient Mesopotamia relates to the 6th grade social studies curriculum.
The Silver Coin includes maps and scenes of Sam’s father on a caravan trip from Babylonia to Tyre in search of a treasure and revenge. Dagon’s caravan travels through the ancient city of Halab, known today as Aleppo. The teacher’s guide provides information helping teachers relate current events in Aleppo to Dagon’s 1780’s BC experience of the city, giving students, as Dewey suggested, a meaningful learning opportunity where “successive experiences are integrated with one another.”