Some of our favorite books for Egypt units:
- Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile
- Muti’s Necklace: The Oldest Story in the World
- The Egyptian Cinderella
- The Egypt Game
- Mara, Daughter of the Nile
- The Golden Goblet
- The Egyptology Handbook: A Course in the Wonders of Egypt
- Pyramids: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt
- Adventures in Ancient Egypt
- History Pockets: Ancient Egypt: Grades 4-6+
- Stencils Ancient Egypt and Nubia: Ancient & Living Cultures Series
- National Geographic outlines a basic lesson using a map, timeline, and other essentials.
- The British Museum knows all about Egypt. Lots of information, pictures, and resources.
- Ancient Egypt with Google Earth links to a number of sources.
- Mark Millmore’s highly interactive site. Get a cup of coffee and explore, or turn students loose on it.
- DIA has a collection of teacher-submitted lesson plans.
- Discover looks at Ancient Egyptian funeral customs.
- Compare the heiroglyphics of Ancient Egypt with modern graffiti in this PDF file lesson.
- PBS Mysteries of the Nile
- Discover has a newspaper lesson plan that could make a nice culminating experience.
We like these science connections:
- Simple machines, to hook up with the building of the pyramids. The Franklin Institute has PDF resources.
- Animal studies of favorite Egyptian animals like crocodiles, hippos, scarab beetles, and cats
- Archaeology. We like simulated digs, in particular. The link gives ideas for digs from cake to full-scale schoolyard digs. Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past gives lots of detail and step-bystep ideas for 25 hands-on experiences.
- Mummies give a surprising number of opportunities for hands-on experimentation.
- Agriculture. Fishing may really have been more important to many Egyptians, but Ancient Egypt is certainly one of the important way stations for a study of agriculture.