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Grade: Middle
Subject: Language

#1159. Virtual Spanish Museums

Language, level: Middle
Posted Thu Jul 8 18:39:01 PDT 1999 by Paige Gilbert Galt (
Cartersville Middle School, Cartersville, GA USA
Materials Required: Computer lab, Instructions
Activity Time: One lesson of 50 minutes
Concepts Taught: History of Spain, designed for Spanish class

Please note that within the directions, the student may click on the Spanish flag in step #4 to participate in Spanish, or may click on the British flag if the language is too advanced (which is the case for my students)

Instructions for Spain Website:

1. Click onto the internet icon.
2. Press the Control key and the L at the same time.
3. In the dialog box that appears, type in the follow letters exactly:
4. When the website appears, click on the British flag.
5. On the next screen, click on "Visit the Museum."
6. On the next screen, click on First Floor.
7. You should begin in Room 4. Fill in the following blanks using the information found in the rooms. The room where the answer is found is in parenthesis after each statement.

1) The artistic discoveries of paleolithic art created during the years 17,000-16,000 b.c. are mainly pieces of limestone (not rock) decorated with simple and parallel lines. (Room 4)
2) Artifacts from the mesolithic Era, Age of the last hunters, include tools and decorated limestone plaques. (Room 5)
3) The Neolithic Age shows the crop-growing society that flourished during 5,000-4,200 b.c. used jugs, handmills, and spoons for food preparation. (Room 6)
4) The Eneolithic Age is also known as the Bronze Age. During this era, burial rites acquire major importance and natural caves were used as burial sites. This is proven by the many burial artifacts found in these natural caves. (Room 8)
5) The Bronze Age lasted from about 2,000 b.c. until 1400 b.c. During this time, metal was being used by the inhabitants. Midway during the period, the use of bronze became widespread. (Room 9).

The remaining answers will be found on the Second Floor.

6) During the 8th-6th centuries b.c., Iberian art shows the influence of the Greek colony of Empúries and the Punic colony of Thiza. (Room 1)
7) The Iberian culture developed in Spain between the 6th and 2nd centuries b.c. (Room 2)
8) The economy of the large Iberian settlements demonstrates growing wealth. Some of the examples found during this era include a gold hair needle and earring, a glass pendant, and iron farm implements. (Room 3)
9) Activities such a cooking, milling, weaving, and storage occurred in the Iberian home. This civilization shows furthur advancement with the examples of the iron keys. (Room 4)

Visit Rooms 5-10 to view valuable information about the Iberian civilization and to answer the following questions:

1) Which civilization is more advanced, the civilization seen on the first floor or the second floor? Explain your answer.
2) What are 3 major differences in these civilizations?
3) Explain the wealth of the Iberians.