Imagine all of your students actively engaged in a unit on Ancient Egypt with very little preparation on your part! Sound wonderful? It is!!
This Ancient Egypt activity includes five PowerPoint programs for five different groups on five different topics related to the Ancient Egypt.
Group A – The Nile River: The river, animals, plants, other uses for the river
Group B – The Egyptian People: Clothing, classes, daily life, artisans
Group C – Egyptian Rituals and Religion: Mummies, burial, mythology, symbols
Group D – Egyptian Government: Pharaohs, kingdoms, cities, hieroglyphics
Group E – Egyptian Architecture: Pyramids, sphinx, temples, inventions
The activities in each group are many and varied, allowing for creative research and development of the topic. The unit helps the students with the 4 C's of education; Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration.
When one group finishes their four tasks, the students are encouraged to divide up and join other groups to help finish their tasks. Eventually, all groups will finish with the assistance of everyone in the classroom. This is a cooperative effort. As each group finishes, you’ll see that the teacher PowerPoint program allows you to click on the group and cover it with a pyramid.
After everyone is done, your students will present their findings to the class. As each group presents, your PowerPoint program will allow you to make the pyramid disappear so you can keep track of which group has gone, although you can certainly go in alphabetical order starting with Group A.
Finally, the class discussion involves learning how the Egyptian people influenced modern people. You can determine what “treasure” will be most appropriate for your class.
Depending on the level of ability of your students, this unit can take anywhere between 4 days and two weeks. You can also use the group work for whole-class participation, but having individual groups makes for a livelier discussion at the end!
Your students will work eagerly and cooperatively to complete this Treasure Quest so they can find the treasure at then of the unit. Minimal preparation is required on your part!