Ancient Egypt is my favourite ancient civilization to study! What student isn’t captivated by learning about gods and godesses, mummification, hieroglyphics, and pyramids? I thought that I would take the time to share some of my favourite resources to help you explore ancient Egypt with your students.
I’m of the opinion that if provided with the right support, setting, and resources, students can be amazing self-guided learners. In fact, I recently wrote about how my self-guided learning experience mummifying our classroom fish in the third grade was an important learning opportunity. So with any unit I consider it vital to provide students with free access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction resources. Here are a few of my recommendations for ancient Egypt.
Egypt’s Great Pharaohs– History Channel
Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs– National Geographic
How to make a mummy– Ted-Ed (Len Bloch)
The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld– Ted-Ed (Tejal Gala)
The pharaoh that wouldn’t be forgotten- Ted-Ed (Kate Narev)
See Inside Ancient Egypt by Rob Lloyd Jones & David Hancock
Seeker of Knowledge The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford
Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Cleopatra VI: Daughter of the Nile by Kristina Gregory
Eyewitness Ancient Egypt by George Hart
I’m a big fan of incorporating soundscapes into the classroom to make content come alive for students. For example, play a desert soundscape while students complete an activity in their notebooks or read. For ancient Egypt I like this one by ArcologyDesigns.
If you are looking for a more developed unit I have recently updated my ‘Back To Ancient Egypt Time Travel Unit Study” with new components and more detailed teaching guides.
The 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 field diary entries of an archaeologist (Dr. Helena Carter), creating crafts, foldable notes, and other activities for each entry and topic.
Here are a few example pictures from the resource. If this is something you are interested in trying you can find it here.