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Egypt Unit Study

Egypt Unit StudySubmitted by JoAnn S.

Library List:

We’re Sailing down the Nile by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson (non-fiction) 1st-3rd
The Best Book of Mummies by Miranda Smith 1st-3rd
The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Parry Heide 1st-3rd
King’s Giraffe by Peter and Mary Collier (event) 1st-3rd
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley, and Peter Vennema (biography) 3rd-6th
Voices of Ancient Egypt by Kay Winters, Barry Moser 3rd-6th
Egypt by Shirley Gray 1st-4th
Egypt in Pictures by Jeffery Zuehlke 3rd-6th
Egypt: A to Z by Jeff Reynolds (non-fiction) 4th-6th
The Story of the Nile by Anne Millard 4th-6th
At Aboukir and Acre: A Story of Napoleon’s Invasion of Egypt by G.A. Henty

The Library of Alexandria by Kelly Trumble and Robina Marshall (event) 4th-9th
Daily Life in Ancient and Modern Cairo by Joan Barghusen (culture) 4th-8th
Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt by Usborne (non-fiction) 4th-9th
Glorious Past: Ancient Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nubia by Earnestine Jenkins (events)

7th-9thChoose from the most used tags
Hypatia by Charles Kingsley (historical fiction) 7th-9th
Egyptian Princess by George Ebers (historical fiction) 10th-12th
Sisters by George Beers (historical fiction) 10th-12th
Per Aspire by George Beers (historical fiction) 10th-12th
Serapes by George Beers (historical fiction) 10th-12th
The Six Enneads by Plotlinus (literature) 10th-12th
Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians by Edward William Lane (culture) 10th-12th

Reference Books for all:

The Bible
Science in Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Woods
Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide by Marian Broida
Ancient Egypt Revealed by Peter Chrisp
Write Like an Ancient Egyptian by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Egyptian World by Margaret Oliphant
Peoples of the World Customs and Cultures by Amiram Gonen
Ancient Egypt by George Hart
The Mystery of the Egyptian Mummy by Joyce Filer

Resource Sites:

Info please – Egypt
Tour Egypt
Who’s Who of Egypt
Ancient Egypt

Related Pages:

Ancient Egypt Lapbook

Ancient Egypt Notebooking Page

another Ancient Egypt Notebooking Page

First King of Egypt Notebooking Page

Middle Kingdom of Egypt Notebooking Page

Egyptian Empire Notebooking Page

This Egypt study is designed to be used in a notebooking format. There is also an Ancient Egypt section that can be used as part of the notebook or you could do it separate as a lapbook. The list of books is just recommendations. It is not necessary to read every book. You can also pick and choose from the different hands-on and activities. Do not feel that you need to do everything. I always try to write to the oldest with the youngest in mind. Most activities can be pared down for younger kids. With the different activities I usually have the older kids do it on their own. The younger kids, depending on age, I have try to do some on their own and I help them with some. I usually do not have the younger ones look up everything. I will also read some of the books aloud and assign some of them for them to read independently.

Ongoing Activities:

1. Timeline of the history of Egypt
2. Vocabulary words – these should be words they come across that they are unfamiliar to them.
*history/language arts

Week 1

Research and write about these people:
1. King Menes
2. Mentuhotep II
3. Ahmose I
4. Thutmose III
5. Hatshepsut
6. Alexander the Great
7. General Octavian
8. Cleopatra
9. Napoleon Bonaparte
10. Sultan Ahmad Fuad
11. Anwar el-Sadat
12. Naguib Mahfouz
13. Mustafa Kamel
14. Muhammad Ali Pasha
15. Gamal Abdel Nasser
16. Dr. William Junker
17. Dawoud Ibn-Abi Al-Bayaam
18. Dr. Ahmed Zewail
*history & language arts (they should do at least 2 a week)

Information Scavenger Hunt
1. Who is credited with the building of the sphinx?
2. Who was responsible for building the pyramids of Giza?
3. Who established the library of Alexandria?
4. What countries have occupied Egypt?
5. Who were the leaders during times of prosperity?
6. How many wars has Egypt been involved in?
7. Who were the first inhabitants of Egypt?
*history/research skills

Week 2:

Research 2 more people from your list. Add to your vocabulary and timeline.

Activity 1:

On your map of Egypt locate the following and mark them:
Body of waters that border Egypt,
Countries that border Egypt,
El Minya,
El Tur.

Activity 2:

Using a map of Egypt and the following coordinates of latitude and longitude; find out which city is located there.
Latitude 30.01N by Longitude 31.14E,
Latitude 31.00 N by Longitude 30.30 E,
Latitude 29.11 N by Longitude 25.31 E.

Find the coordinates for these locations –
Arabian Desert,

You can check your answers with this Egypt map. *geography/math

Activity 3:

Now make a 3-D map of Egypt.

Large piece of cardboard
Paper Mache glue mix
Scrap pieces of cardboard like toilet paper tubes, cereal boxes (things you can use to hold the shape of a mountain)
Tempera paint
Paint brushes

On the piece of cardboard use your materials to construct your own topographical map of Egypt. Make the mountains out of paper mache. Use the sand for deserts. Paint in the bodies of water and grassy areas. You could make trees out of construction paper or twigs and things from nature. Be creative with your map. You could also make little houses or paint dots where the major cities are located.*geography/art

Week 3:

Activity 1:
What is the total area of Egypt?
Is there a state in the United States that is of comparable size?
What is the total population of Egypt?
Which city has the largest population?
What percentage is this of the total population?
What is the highest elevation in Egypt?
What is the lowest?
What is the difference between these two? *geography/math

Activity 2:

List Egypt’s natural resources and mark their locations on the map. *geography/science

Write a little information about each of the following plants or animals.
Ampullaria dubia
Egyptian Vulture
Lotus Flower
Sacred Beetle

Explain Egypt’s climate. *geography/science

Keep a chart of Ciaro, Egypt’s daily weather during this study.

You can check the weather here. *geography/science

Activity 3:

Draw a picture of Egypt’s flag *geography

Activity 4:

What is the main religion of Egypt?
What are some of the beliefs of this religion?
What holidays do they celebrate in Egypt?
Pick one and explain why and how it is celebrated.
What kind of food do they eat?
Pick a recipe to try at home.
What kinds of languages are spoken in Egypt?
What is the main language of Egypt?

Week 4:

Activity 1: (this one will be something they work on over time)

Pretend you are going to take a 3 week tour of Egypt. Look up information and plan the itinerary for your trip. Remember to think about transportation, sights, lodging, and eating. You may also want to find out their customs so you don’t offend your host country while visiting. For example you may not want to shake someone’s hand with your left hand because that is the hand they use to wipe after going the bathroom.

You will also need to figure out how much this trip would cost you.


Activity 2:

Find a copy of the national anthem to include in your notebook and see if you can find a recording of it to listen to.


Activity 3:

Look through newspapers and magazines to find articles relating to Egypt.

*people/culture/current events

Week 5:

Activity 1: *culture

Make a meal native to Egypt. Serve it to your family in the custom, traditional to Egypt.

Activity 2: *culture

What is the typical dress of Egyptians today? Make an outfit.

Activity 3: *government

What is Egypt’s current government?

Has this always been their form of government? If not what other types of government have there been?

How are government positions filled in modern Egypt’s government?

How is Egypt’s modern government set up? Make a diagram to show your findings.

Week 6:

Activity 1: *government

How was the government set up during Ancient Egypt’s time? Make a diagram to show your findings.

Do a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting these 2.

Activity 2: *economy

What is the currency of this country?
What is the exchange rate with American money?
What is there major export/import?
Using the sheets that have images of Egyptian money, find the name of the currency and how much it is worth. Is it modern or ancient money?

Activity 3: *economy/math/culture

Pretend you’re a business man in Egypt. Make sure to base your decisions on the typical business found in Egypt.
What kind of business would you have? What would you sell?
Now make yourself a catalog showing your merchandise. Staple several sheets of cardstock together to form the base of your catalog. Now draw or find photos of the things in your store. Remember to add some hype to sell your products and list the prices in American and Egyptian money.

You could take your business a bit further by making some things from your shop and setting up a mini shop at home. Make some currency from Egypt for your store and your customers. Then play store using Egyptian money. You could even use play American money so you could learn more about the exchange rate.

Week 7:

Activity 1: *language art/culture/art

Pick an Egyptian artist and write about him. Then paint a copy of one of his pieces of work.

Activity 2: *culture/art

What are some examples of famous Egyptian Architecture?
Sketch some in your notebook.

Activity 3: *culture/art/history

Build a mini-museum of some of the historical artifacts that are still in the country. You can use a cardboard box to make the building. Use clay, play dough, paper mache, or drawings to create your artwork for your museum. Use a diorama style for your museum.

Information and images of ancient Egyptian art

Week 8 – 11 will focus on Ancient Egypt. This will be done in a series of mini-books and hands-on activities. You can either attach the mini-books to notebook pages to include in your notebook or make a lapbook for this part.