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Studying Ancient Egypt, Grades 9-12

Learn About Ancient Egyptians with These Lessons and Videos, Activities, and Games

Found In: Social Studies, 9-12

Learn about the Ancient Egyptians, explore and build pyramids, make a mummy, decipher hieroglyphics, and more with these lessons and videos, activities, and games.

Lesson Plans

The Queens of Ancient Egypt
Students in grades 6-12 learn about some of ancient Egypt's great queens - Nefertiti, Tiy, and Nefertari and complete a project that illustrates what they have learned.

The Science and Technology of Ancient Egypt
Individually or in pairs, students in grades 6-12 research topics related to scientific and technological contributions made by the ancient Egyptians and create three to five minute presentations.

Lesson Plans: Rosetta Stone Project
Students in grade 9 examine the development of scripts in Mesopotamia and Egypt and learn how cuneiform and hieroglyphs were finally deciphered through the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. In a hands-on project, students make their own Rosetta Stone. The lesson can be adapted to other grades.

Additional Lessons

Egypt’s Golden Empire: Lessons
Eight lesson plans and accompanying video clips showcase some of the most intriguing and historically significant people, places, and events from Egyptian history.

DIA: Ancient Egypt: Educational Programs
A selection of cross-curricular lesson plans. In one ambitious 19-part unit, students create a life-sized mummy case from a cardboard box.

Background Resources

Ancient Egypt
The British Museum’s comprehensive and entertaining website.

Timelines, Africa | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Timelines, thematic essays, and works of art from Ancient Egypt.

Egypt’s Golden Empire
The companion website for the PBS program. The site is a source of information on the New Kingdom and has special features and suggests other print and online resources.

Egyptians
The BBC’s website has a good section on the Rosetta stone and the deciphering of hieroglyphics by Thomas Young and Jean-François Champollion.

NOVA Online Pyramids: The Inside Story
Wander the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs.

Explore Ancient Egypt
Walk around the Sphinx, enter the Great Pyramid, visit tombs and temples, and more with 360-degree and other imagery.

Great Pyramid of Khufu and other temples
Great Buildings site features photographs and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more. (The 3D models require a free download of DesignWorkshop Lite architectural 3D walkthrough software.)

Digital Karnak
Enter the temple precinct and discover its religious, political and architectural history.

Discovering Ancient Egypt by Mark Millmore
All about ancient Egypt, pyramids, temple reconstructions and the pharaohs. Includes quizzes and games.

EAWC: Ancient Egypt
Provides the text of the Egyptian Book of the Dead and an essay on Egyptian culture reflected in worship.

The Mathematics of Ancient Egypt
Arithmetic, geometry, and algebra.

Play in Ancient Egypt
Games, toys, and leisure activities that children in ancient Egypt played.

Activities

The Underworld
Before a person could get to the afterlife, the ancient Egyptians believed they had to pass through the underworld, a place full of terrifying monsters and dangerous animals.

Fascinating Egyptian Mummies
A visually slick online overview and three games that provide a look at Ancient Egypt. Complete the games and earn a personalized wallpaper.

Egyptian Tomb Adventure
If you’re not afraid of snakes and scorpions, explore an Egyptian tomb.

The Nile File
Follow your guide, Nakht Amun, and you'll learn about Ancient Egypt.

Tomb of the Unknown Mummy
Explore the tombs, collect artifacts, and determine who is buried there.

Lost and Found
Help Jane escape the locked museum by asking the gods and goddesses for help.

Online Games

Enigma
Complete four challenges, answr 18 questions, and win a screensaver.

Video

Pyramid (David Macaulay) (60 minutes)
A view of life during the reign of Khufu (Fourth Dynasty) and an account of the building of Khufu's pyramid complex at Giza.

Ancient Egypt
B16 brief videos and 2 interactives.

NOVA This Old Pyramid (52:20)
Follow a team as they reconstruct how the pyramids of Egypt were built.

 

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