Session 2: Ancient Egypt!

Summary:  Session 2 Lesson 1

  • Social Studies: Intro to Ancient Egypt- Students will get an overview of Ancient Egypt. They will learn about where Ancient Egypt was located and how people lived.

Dive Deeper:

Here are a few videos with some information about Ancient Egypt!

  • Literature Studies: Intro to Egyptian Myths and Legends – Students will be introduced to what a myth and legend is as they study Egyptian Myths and Legends over the next several weeks.

Dive Deeper:

Here are some books that would be fun that has Egyptian myths:

Egyptian Myths

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Mythology

  • Humanities: Draw like an Egyptian – Profile Art: Students will discover Egyptian art and learn how to replicate their style of profile art.

Dive Deeper:

Students can use this site to give themselves step-by-step instructions on how to draw Anubis, one of the Egyptian gods.

  • STEM: Sturdy Table Building Challenge: The Ancient Egyptians invented many things. One invention was the table! Students will be challenged to make a sturdy table!

Dive Deeper:

Here is an article about more amazing inventions from Ancient Egypt

  • Science: Students will be looking at weathering and how rainfall changes things on the planet. Remind students of erosion and what was discussed last week.

Summary:  Session 2 Lesson 2

  • Social Studies: Timeline of Ancient Egypts Place in History- Students will look at important dates in Ancient Egypts timeline and see where Egypt fits in with other early civilizations.

Dive Deeper:

Explore all different aspect of Ancient Egypt!

  • Literature Studies: Ancient Egyptian god Ra: The Story of Creation- Students will learn about the myth of the Ancient Egyptian god Ra and how the Egyptians told the myth of how they believed the earth was created.

Dive Deeper:
If you are interested in studying more about Ra, here are some resources!

  • Humanities: Cartouche Making- Students will learn what a Cartouche is and why it was important to ancient Egyptians. Students will make their own Cartouche!

Dive Deeper:

If you want to write other things in hieroglyphs on a cartouche, here is a cartouche maker online!

  • STEM: Who can build the tallest Mummy: Students will learn about the mummification process then use math and engineering skills to be the group with the tallest mummy.

Dive Deeper:

Another fun video about How mummies are made

Summary:  Session 2 Lesson 3

  • Social Studies: Egypt’s “Old Kingdom”: Students will learn about the Pharaohs and Egyptian accomplishments that happened during the Old Kingdom

Dive Deeper:

If you would like to learn more facts about the Old Kingdom, here are some resources!

  • Literature Studies: Egyptian Goddess Isis and the Seven Scorpions-  Students will continue to learn about Egyptians Myths. Today they will learn about the myth of Isis, the Egyptian goddess in “Isis and the Seven Scorpions”.

Dive Deeper:

Retelling stories in different ways is so much fun!

Here are some fun sites that have great ideas for story retelling!

  • Humanities: Ancient Egyptian Games: Students will rotate and play different games that were played during Ancient Egyptian times.

Dive Deeper:

This site talks about other games that were played by Egyptian Kids!

If you would like to print and download the games that students played today, here is the site with the downloadable pages.

  • STEM: Pyramid Challenge- Students will work in groups using the Engineering Design Process to build a pyramid.

Dive Deeper:

There are many different ways to build a pyramid! Here are some more ideas that your student can explore.

If your student would like to learn more about how the ancient pyramids were built, here is a fun video that explains it well!

  • Science: Older Students will be working with Alka-Seltzer and water to demonstrate the effects of chemical weathering.  Younger Students will be creating their own volcano.

Summary:  Session 2 Lesson 4

  • Social Studies: What Happened During the Middle Kingdom? Students will learn important facts about what happened during Egypt’s Middle Kingdom.

Dive Deeper:

If your student would like to learn more about Ancient Egypt, here is a fun site with video links and information.

  • Literature Studies: Life as a Pharaoh- Students will take their knowledge about Pharaohs and write a story about how they would rule if they were a Pharaoh.

Dive Deeper:

Here are some more ideas for fun writing activities for kids!

  • Humanities: Egyptian Pharaohs- Students will learn about the importance of Pharaohs and turn themselves into a Pharaoh!

Dive Deeper:

Here is a fun video that explains more about Pharaohs of ancient Egypt!

Here are some fun activities students can do to continue their study on Egyptian Pharaoh’s:

  • STEM: Desert Animal STEM Challenge- Students will learn about the desert conditions in Ancient Egypt. Students will be tasked with creating a brand new animal that could survive the harsh desert conditions.

Dive Deeper:

If your student is interested in learning more about animals of the Sahara Desert, here are some video links that they might enjoy!
Top 10 Animals in the Sahara Desert

Top 10 Amazingly Adaptive Sahara Desert Animals

Wildlife- Desert Sahara

  • Students are beginning their introduction to plant structures. They will be planting seeds with cotton balls to bring home and observe.

Summary:  Session 2 Lesson 5

  • Social Studies: Who Was King Tut? Students will learn about this “boy king” ruler who ruled during Egypts “New Kingdom.”

Dive Deeper:

Nat Geo Kids always has fun information for kids!

This is a good historic video about King Tut:

  • Literature Studies: The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy: How a Lost Tomb was Found! Students will learn about the discovery of King Tut’s tomb through historical fiction.

Dive Deeper:

If you are interested in more fun writing prompts, here are some ideas!

Here are some fun historical fiction prompts that students might enjoy.

  • Humanities: King Tut Tin Foil Art-  Students will continue their study of King Tut and create an art piece of King Tut.

  • STEM: Help Ancient Egyptians with Oral Hygiene! Students will be engineering toothbrushes with various materials.

Dive Deeper:

Learn more about the history of the toothbrush!

  • Science: Older students will discuss the plant life cycle. They will be given the opportunity to examine different types of seeds and gain information on their growing capabilities. Younger students will be planting 2 seeds and comparing their growth patterns.

Summary:  Session 2 Lesson 6

  • Social Studies: Who Was Cleopatra, Ramses II and Hatshepsut? Students will learn about each Pharaoh’s ruling style and vote on which one ruled the best!

Dive Deeper:

For a full history of all of Egypt’s Dynasties and Kingdoms, here is a good breakdown of each.

This is a brief overview of many of the different Pharaoh’s and their accomplishments.

  • Literature Studies: The Egyptian Cinderella Story- There are so many Cinderella Stories from all over the world! Egypt has their very own version of the story as well. Students will study this classic tale and compare it to other Cinderella stories they are familiar with!

Dive Deeper:

For a full history of all of Egypt’s Dynasties and Kingdoms, here is a good breakdown of each.

This is a brief overview of many of the different Pharaoh’s and their accomplishments.

  • Humanities: Students will be learning about the foods of Ancient Egypt. They will be creating an ancient Egyptian dessert that is still around today. The original recipe uses nuts–our recipe will be allergy friendly.  Ingredients: Oats, Dates, Raisins, Honey, sunflower seeds, crisp rice cereal.

Dive Deeper:

Here is a website with more Ancient Egyptian recipes

  • STEM: Human Body STEM Challenge II- The Egyptians had a to have a solid working knowledge of the human body in order to know how to mummify a body! Students will be creating a working heart model

Dive Deeper:

Video about the how the heart works

  • Science: Older students will be revisiting the plant life cycle and learn the effect of honeybees on plants. Younger students will study the plant life cycle through pictures.