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Learning about Ancient Egypt has never been so much fun! This creative and interactive unit is packed full of informational articles, student activities that work great in interactive notebooks, vocabulary posters, maps, timelines, organizers, and much more! Over 100 pages in all!
There are 18 reading passages on the following topics:
⭐A Great Civilization
⭐The Nile River
⭐A Tough Life (Boys vs. Girls)
⭐Bread, Fish, and Flax
⭐Mud Brick Houses
⭐Traveling by Boat & Camel
⭐The Famous Pharaohs
⭐Meet King Tut
⭐Meet Osiris & Isis
⭐Myth of Osiris and Isis
⭐Religion was Everything!
⭐The Perfect Pyramids
⭐The Great Pyramid of Giza
⭐Symbols of Ancient Egypt
This unit also includes many student activities, many that can be used for interactive notebooks:
✔Mystery Envelope Activity
✔Anticipatory Set T/F
✔Map of Ancient Egypt
✔Character Mini-booklets for Cleopatra & King Tut
✔Daily Life Cloze Passage
✔Graphic Organizers for each part
✔Social Class Pyramid
✔Steps of Mummification
✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps
✔Spotlight on Vocabulary
✔Trading Card Project (2)
✔Quiz with Answer Keys
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There are five main activities:
Introduce the Unit With a Mystery Box:
I like to start off the unit with a mystery box activity, a box that is filled with different items (mainly contributions) related to ancient Egypt. For example, in the box, I might put a piece of paper, makeup, the Eye of Horus, a paper pyramid, a piece of gold, a chunk of salt, and a small baggie of dirt to represent silt. Have students guess how each of these items is related to ancient Egypt but don’t give them the answers. You can revisit the mystery box at the end of the unit when they become experts. Setting up this scene creates a natural curiosity to motivate students to want to learn all they can. Included is a mystery envelope activity for students to do in groups instead of the whole group.
Print out the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt pictures on card stock, cut into cards, laminate (if desired) and place into several envelopes, one for each group. Included are eight that are clipart and 8 with real photos depending on the age of your students. Using the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Recording Sheet, students discuss and write down their rationales, best guesses, and questions/wonderings. Then do the Ancient Egypt Anticipatory Set of T/F questions to pique and build background knowledge.
Read the passages about geography, Daily Life, Clothing, Shelter, Religion, Social Classes, and Myths. Complete the comprehension questions on the organizers for each section.
Create a learning station for each character study. In a folder at each station include the informational Meet Cleopatra and King Tut and mini-booklets for students to complete. Students complete the Character Mini-Booklets by writing three facts about that person, put the timeline dates in the correct order, coloring, cutting, and gluing inside their notebook or a lapbook. Newly Updated with a Trading Card Project.
Introduce the vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words in their flip flaps or on the spotlight on vocabulary pages. These posters make an attractive bulletin board in a snap!
Tie it all Together:
Bring the students together for class discussions to check for understanding and further their critical thinking skills after each lesson. At the end of the unit come back to revisit the mystery box/envelope activity and Anticipatory Questions to check and correct their answers. There’s also maps, timeline, mystery flaps, myth cards, quiz and unit reflection.
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