Ancient Egypt

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This compelling lesson introduces and summarizes Ancient Egypt and includes an overview of the culture and its impact on future civilizations. There is an abundance of information available on the Internet to use and for expanding the lesson for weeks. Students will be especially interested in the pyramids, daily life, hieroglyphics, and other aspects of the Egyptian culture. The students will be able to describe, identify and list characteristics of the Egyptian Civilization and its impact on future civilizations.

Ancient Egypt Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Ancient Egypt
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This compelling lesson introduces and summarizes Ancient Egypt and includes an overview of the culture and its impact on future civilizations. There is an abundance of information available on the Internet to use and for expanding the lesson for weeks. Students will be especially interested in the pyramids, daily life, hieroglyphics, and other aspects of the Egyptian culture. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other ancient civilization and those on pyramids and gods/goddesses.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display an image of a pyramid. Ask students: What do you think about when you see a pyramid? What are some things you know about pyramids?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they believe pyramids, Egypt, or ancient civilizations have anything to do with civilization today. Why or why not?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Ancient Egypt.
  4. Distribute Ancient Egypt content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Assign students 3 names of other students to write messages to, each student should receive 3 return messages. Remind students the messages must be appropriate. Allow students time to complete, and you may limit the length of each message. (Activity message: Be Kind.)
  6. Once completed, ask students to share some messages. In addition, ask students what made the task difficult versus today’s writing. Compare the writing to Morse Code, or ask other students if they know of other kinds of writing that uses symbols.
  7. Allow for responses and discussion.
  8. Distribute Practice pages. Check and review the students’ responses on both pages.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: As much as you have learned about the Ancient Egyptians, what do you think is the most interesting thing about life in Ancient Egypt? Would you like to experience life during that time? Why or why not?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies