Jennifer Weprin’s sixth-grade social studies class ended its study on ancient Mesopotamia with a very special, sweet treat. Teaching assistant Carol Rudowsky baked cookies with messages written in cuneiform, the writing used by the ancient Sumerians. The cookies were shaped like the tablets that this language was written on in ancient times. Each student received a cookie and used their cuneiform alphabet charts to translate their “Happy Holidays” message. The cookies were also personalized with the students’ individual initials in cuneiform. This delicious way to welcome the holidays was a wonderful culmination of the lesson.

Social studies curriculum coordinator David Ethé said that the cookies reinforced what the students learned. “The children had fun using the knowledge they learned during this unit,” he said.