Animals from Afar
Lesson plan based on Mosaic Floor
Visualize the scope of the Roman empire by illustrating the geographic origins of various imported animals.
Skills and Focus: Geography, Hands-on
Subject Area: Social Science
Thematic Connection: Geography, Animals
Grade Level: Elementary School
Time Needed: 40-60 minutes
Understand the scope of the Roman empire by learning how exotic animals were imported into Rome from the farthest regions of the empire.
Instructional Materials Needed
Story: What Animal Is This?
Images of assorted animalsphotocopies, pages cut out of National Geographic or other magazines, pictures drawn by the students themselves, or printouts from the internet site: Lincoln Park Zoo
Many Roman mosaics show images of animals that were imported from the far reaches of the empire for parades, private parks, and public games.
Have students plot images (either drawn, photocopied, or cut from magazines) of the following imported animals on a map in order to see the extent of the vast Roman empire.
bears: Persia (Iran)
camels: western Asia
This activity meets Illinois State Goal 17: Demonstrate a knowledge of world geography, as well as an understanding of the effects of geography on society with an emphasis on the United States.
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