Ancient Egypt


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Index and Recommended Lesson Plan:


This unit has been designed to be completed in three weeks, covering two, 1 - 3 hour lessons per week. This is a very short introduction to the subject. For a more detailed study, customize the unit to the length you desire by choosing how much material you cover and how long you take to cover it. More than enough materials is suggested so that you can pick and choose what will work for your family.

A history based unit should include a timeline study of the major historical events, a biographical examination of the major people living in these civilizations, an investigation into the major discoveries or accomplishments of each civilization, an understanding of specific terminology, and map and culture studies of the various civilizations and their modern counterparts. Follow up with a review lesson and quizzes, if desired. Read over General Directions for Cindy's Unit Studies for more information. For help in this area, The Checklist includes a list of major events, major people, discoveries/accomplishments, terms, culture studies, and much more.

Unit Project Suggestion:

Create a notebook for each unit. Include a timeline, map studies, biographical sketches, dictionary of terms, copies of worksheets and composition projects, and photos of crafts or other hands-on projects. At the end of each year, select a representative sample and place in your child's portfolio.

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Recommended Resources:

Reading Suggestions:

  • Read Kidatlas pages 16-17, 18-19, Egypt, Exodus
  • Read 30 Days, pages 47-54, Exodus Era
  • Ancient Egypt (See Through History series) by Judith Crochen. Lib #J 932 C884an 1993. 48 pgs, color, 3-8+
  • Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole. Lib #J932 C675m 2001. 34pg., color, K-6+
  • Biography: Joseph
  • Royal Diaries of Cleopatra VII by Kristiana Gregory, (Lib: J Video), 6+
  • Passover by David Marx (Rookie Reader), 32 pgs, color (J296.4 M369p 2001), K-2+
  • Howard Carter: Searching for King Tut by Barbara Ford. Lib#J 932 F75h 1995. 59 pgs., b/w, 5th+
  • The World in the Time of Tutankhamun by Fiona Macdonald. Lib #J 930 M145w 2001. 47 pgs., color, 3-8+
  • Biography: Moses
  • I Want to Know About the Ten Commandments by Rick Osborne
  • Daily Life in Ancient and Modern Cairo (Cities Through Time series) by Joan Barghusen. Lib# J962 B238d 2001. 64 pgs., color, 4-8+
  • Egyptian Mummies (Fast Forward series) by Henrietta McCall. Lib #J932 M124e 2000. 32 pgs, color,K-8+
  • The Nile River. The Longest River (Great Record Breakers in Nature series) by Aileen Weintraub. Lib #J962 W433n 2001. 24pgs., color, K-6+
  • Egypt (A New True Book) by Elaine Landau. Lib #J962 L231e 2000. 48pgs, color, K-6
  • Egypt (First Reports series) by Shirley Gray. Lib #J962 G794e 2002. 48 pgs., color, K-6
  • Pyramids by Anne Millard (Kingfisher) (Lib # J932 M61pyr 1996) 64 pgs, color, K-8+
  • Secrets of the Mummies: Picture Book by Shelley Tanaka. 48 pages. ISBN 0786815396. PreK-3rd+
  • The World of the Pharaoh by Anne Millard (Lib #J 932 M61w 1998) 45 pgs, color, K-8+
  • DePaola, Tomie, Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile

Internet Research and/or Activities


Video Recommendations:

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For Additional Study:
  • Cat of the Bubastes by Henty, 7+ (Historical Fiction - Egypt)
  • Create a multimedia report using Multimedia Collection CD: Ancient Egypt, all ages. This includes photos, video clips, sound clips of speeches, maps, clip art, etc. to use in reports and computer projects. ($19.95)

Map Study:

Be sure to enter these topics on your copy of The Checklist.

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