Ancient civilizations have always been one of my favourite topics. Generally students are interested in learning about them, but as with any topic it can be difficult to maintain student interest and engagement throughout a unit. My solution? Time Travel.
If only it were possible to actually take students back in time on a field trip to ancient Egypt, I daresay there would be no daydreamers or nap takers then. But in reality teachers have to do their best to bring history to the classroom. Recently I created a Daily Life In Ancient Egypt: A Time Travel Unit Study to meet this need for supplemental materials and a fun and engaging framework for an ancient Egypt unit.
This unit provides a general overview of daily life in ancient Egypt in an engaging way that presents the information as a fun narrative. Students are transported back in time to ancient Egypt and produce a hands-on notebook with interactive components. They follow the diary entries of archeologist ‘Dr. Helena Carter’, creating crafts, foldable items, and other activities for each entry and topic. The diary portion is optional and the activities can also be used as stand alone items. This allows teachers to pick and choose for differentiation. It is perfect to use as a supplement with resource books and videos each day.