· Standards include understanding the significance of Queen Hatshepsut and Rames the Great.
· Trace the evolution of language and its written form.
· Integrate information presented in different media or 4 minutes as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of the topic and media.
Big Ideas and Important Concepts for Egypt Lessons
Rulers (Kings and Queens)
Belief verses practice
Medicine verses herbology
· After Life
What was the value of death?
How is death similar to life?
Harmony and eternity
Religion itself or part of a religion
Money / Currency
· No coin or currency at the time
· How were they possible with no technology?
· Why have the lasted so long?
· How have the elements helped or hindered them?
Topics and Sub-Topics
Kings and Queens
· Roles and duties of rulers.
· How they controlled their people.
· How did a ruler become a ruler?
· Religion connected?
· Why were rulers so important?
· What power did they hold?
· Apple mummification.
· Questions include why was afterlife so important?
· How did they discover mummification?
Writing System and Language
· What was their written communication?
· How was it preserved?
· Clay tablets.
· Pyramids how are they made?
· How was it possible?
· Why did they make them?
· What was used as money?
· How did they obtain it?
· What were the roles and duties of the rulers?
· How was it possible to build the pyramids?
· Why was afterlife so important?
· What was the written and oral communication?
· Building a Pyramid
Marshmallows and toothpicks
Discuss what went well
What could have went better
Test and discuss strength
· Mummy Case
· Apple Mummification
What mixture mummified the best
Why it worked the best
· PowerPoint About writing system
Discuss how it came to be
· King and queen
What their role was
· Group Presentation of Overview of Egypt
Favorite and least favorite
What was learned
Why kings and queens were important
· Clay tablet with main points and lessons
Make clay visuals that show what was learnedShow a message
Discuss Queen Hatshepsut and Rames the Great
Why they were important
· Epson salt
· Baking soda
· Blank paper
· Print outs
Kings and queens
· Alternative activity print outs
Make a detailed outline to know when to get items done.
Deadlines posted for them to see.
Check in daily with the teacher.
Add additional items to be put into projects.
Have more details, colors, or information.
Become helpers to those who are struggling.
· English Language Learners
Items translated into Spanish.
Adapt to make items easier to understand.
Projects with less details.
Problems, Solutions, and Alterntives
· Problem – not being able to participate i.e. did not come to school or have a disability.
· Solution – use an alternative activity for them to do or do at home once they return to school.
· Problem – not remembering symbols used to communicate.
· Solution – have posters up in the classroom with symbols.
· Alternative activitiescoloring a mummification box
“If I was a ruler I would…”
Make their own currency and explain its value
Skills and Habits Learned
· How to make a writing system
· How Egyptian rulers ruled their land
· Egyptian afterlife beliefs and religion
· How mummification worked
· How they traded· Questions
· Questions asked / Discussion
· Think, write, share
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Homeschooling Mom (2014). Early Egypt. Retrieved from http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2014/10/early-egypt.html
School Projects (2016). Strength of a Pyramid. Retrieved from http://www.kidsgen.com/school_projects/the_strength_of_a_pyramid.htm