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Studying Ancient Egypt, Grades K-5

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

Found In: Social Studies, PreK-2, 3-5

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

Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs
In the first part of this lesson, a K-2 class creates a pictorial alphabet of its own and then learns and uses the symbols of the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet. In the second part, students identify and represent in their own drawings figures from the Book of the Dead.

Egyptian Symbols: What Story Do They Tell? ( PDF, 37 KB, 4 pgs.)
Students in grade 3 demonstrate their understanding of the symbols in Egyptian art by creating a stele using model magic that express personal values.

Ancient Worlds Workshop: Egypt
Students in grades 3-5 explore Ancient Egypt. They study the geography of Egypt, and read about daily life in ancient Egypt. They conclude by writing letters describing one aspect of life in ancient Egypt.

Make Your Own Canopic Jars
Students in grades 3-5 use recycled plastic jars or bottles to make a set of four containers used by Ancient Egyptians to hold mummified remains.

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.

Games & Printables

Online Games

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

Printables

Video

Egyptomania 1-4
In this four-part series of videoconferences, students in grades 2-6 are given an introduction to daily life, hieroglyphics, mummies, and animals in Ancient Egypt. Presentations range from 40–60 minutes, require online registration and scheduling, and include a fee. Probably best for multiple classes in an auditorium setting.

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.

 

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