This product is a Choice Menu that contains 14 different activities to engage your students in Ancient Egypt learning! The activities are broken into 3 categories: Depth of Knowledge Exploration of pyramids (informational reading), Creativity, and Critical Thinking/Problem Solving skills.
Some of the activities will need prep work done or other materials such as construction paper, etc. A rubric is included to provide a grade for the station work. I used this for grades 1-5. Some activities were geared for the lower grades, which included leveled texts (also included) and a separate learning contract). For many activities, there are also 2 versions. One version will have fatter lines (for the younger kids) and the other version will have narrower lines (for the older kids).
All of the directions for each activity are either on the learning contract (I called it a Learning Scroll for the kids) or within this document if it required prep work.
Depth of Knowledge Exploration
1. Pass the Pyramid Scavenger Hunt Students will go around the classroom visiting information cards about Ancient Egypt. Students will record their responses on a scavenger hunt sheet. This activity is leveled for 3rd-5th Grades. Prep work is required...print pages 8-14 on card stock.
2. 3-2-1 Magazine Hunt Students will use the included 3-2-1 discovery graphic organizer to write down interesting things they learned about a teacher-provided Egypt magazine, book, or online resource (resource not included). This activity is leveled for any grade depending on the text used. I purchased Kids Discover magazines for this & they worked really well!
3. Pyramids Informational Close Reading Students will read the pyramids text included (2 leveled texts: circle text is easier; triangle text is more challenging). Students will then create depth of knowledge questions about their reading activity. Included are examples of depth of knowledge questions to give question starters.
1. Nile River Re-Creation Activity Students will use the stimulus drawing to try to turn the Nile River into something different. It could be something related to Egypt, but it doesn’t have to be. This is an activity geared to have students explore their creativity. The idea is that students will try to think ‘outside of the box’ when creating something from the stimulus. Encourage them to think of something no one else would think of.
2. Step Pyramid Re-Creation Activity Students will use the stimulus drawing to try to turn the Step Pyramid into something different. It could be something related to Egypt, but it doesn’t have to be. This is an activity geared to have students explore their creativity. The idea is that students will try to think ‘outside of the box’ when creating something from the stimulus. Encourage them to think of something no one else would think of.
3. ‘The Secret Under the Sphinx’ Creative Story Students will use the provided website links to learn about the Sphinx. They will then use the story sheet to write a creative story about what they think is under the paw of the Sphinx.
4. Portrait Mask This activity was by far my students’ most favorite activity they have ever done in school! They will make a portrait mask out of a gallon milk jug and brown paper towels. There are step-by-step directions included with pictures to help you understand how to make the mask. (prep work required...see pages 31-36)
5. Design A Pyramid Students will use a teacher-created pyramid shape on tag board (tag board needed) to design a pyramid full of chambers, tunnels, traps, and anything else they can think of to keep the tomb robbers from finding the burial chamber!
1. Ancient Egypt Travel Suitcase Students will imagine they are traveling back from a trip to ancient Egypt. Choose 5 items that they would bring back. Students will illustrate them on their suitcase and explain why they chose each item. This activity is adaptable to specifics you are teaching at the time. (1st-2nd Grades) (prep work required...see pages 50-51)
2. Ancient Egypt Logic Puzzle Students will work on their logical reasoning with this fun activity. They will be trying to find out which farmer is married to which wife, the crop they grow, and the tool they use. Answer key provided. (3rd-5th Grades)
3. Egyptian Problem Solving Scenarios Students will read the 3 scenarios about problems/needs in ancient Egypt. They will use critical thinking skills to figure out a way to solve the problem.
4. Create a Crossword Puzzle Students will use their own ancient Egypt words to create a 8-10 word crossword puzzle. (blank templates included with word suggestions)
Extend Your Learning Choices: (These activities are for early finishers. There is not a sheet included for these activities, as they are self-guided/student designed.)
Self-Guided Egypt Research Mini Project
1. Create your own Logic Puzzle
2. Egypt Technology Connection (websites listed to put on your webpage or use a printout)