National Standards

Below is a selected list of subject area content standards that generally encompass thethe study of Ancient Egypt. More specific standards can be applied depending on the project and its curriculum.

Language Arts Standards

• Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

• Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.

Mathematics Standards

Measurement
• Understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement;
• Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.
Number and Operations
• Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems;
• Understand meanings of operations and how they relate to one another;
• Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.

Science Standard

Science as Inquiry
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understanding about scientific inquiry
Social Studies Standards

Culture

• Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity.

Time, Continuity, and Change

• Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ways human beings view themselves in and over time.

Technology Standards

Research and Information Fluency
• Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
• Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Trek back in history to the reign of the pharaohs. Uncover the secrets of mummification. Lift the shroud of mystery surrounding the great pyramids. Translate hieroglyphic writing. Open the door to anthropology and archeology through the study of Ancient Egypt. How many mysteries will your students discover and solve?

Ancient Egypt British Museum

Visit the British Museum and discover the land of Ancient Egypt. Learn about Egyptian life through stories, exploration, and a series of challenges. Play the Egyptian board game called Senet. Examine the painting in Nebamun’s tomb. Find geographic coordinates in ancient Egypt. Determine the size of a pyramid. Topics include mummification, pharaoh, pyramids, temples, time, traders, and writing. Do not miss the staff room for teachers to assist in finding the resources to meet the needs of students. This site is extensive, engaging and interactive.

The Ancient Egypt Site

An Egyptologist from Belgian maintains this up to date site on the different eras of Egyptian history. It includes tables of rulers from the many dynasties. Locations of monuments are illustrated on maps with the history of the time and place. The different styles of Egyptian writing from hieroglyphs, hieratic, and demotic are illustrated. The author provides a tutorial on learning to read Egyptian writing. Learn what archeologists have found in recent discoveries and how these discoveries continue to help in understanding ancient Egyptian culture.

BBC Ancient History: Egyptians

Highlighting the BBC website are two outstanding interactive features that will mesmerize your students. The mystery, Death in Sakkara: an Egyptian Adventure, is an award winning masterpiece set in 1929 Egypt. Journalist Charles Fox plunges into a darkly sinister world of intrigue, murder and mysticism in the hunt for a missing archaeologist. Your students determine the direction of the story and gather clues. In the Mummy Maker, students are invited to assist Kha in preparing the body of Ramose for his funeral. This is a great way for elementary and middle school students to learn about the mummification process.

Color Me Egypt

Tour Egypt through a variety of activities and games. Complete word games, make finger puppets and paper dolls, color, and write hieroglyphics. There are fifteen word searches pertaining to Egypt. Read the featured Egyptian story and the nine featured blogs. Photographs of the mosques of Egypt as well as information of Egypt’s government, culture, land, people, and cities are all included in this tour of Egypt.

Detroit Institute of Arts: Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans for Teachers

Carve images and hieroglyphs. Construct a 3-dimensional paper pyramid. Make a 21" cubit measuring stick. Transform a cardboard box into a mummy case. Create a market place and trade handmade Egyptian objects. These are a few examples of the artistic lessons available for elementary and middle school teachers.

Egyptian Calculator

Try your hand at using the Egyptian calculator. Enter the numbers and operations and see how the answers are calculated. Compare this system to other systems. Read about Egyptian fractions and history of Egyptian mathematics by selecting the links. This interactive site will invite inquiry.

Egyptology Online

The National Home Study Group in the United Kingdom invites visitors who are interested in Ancient Egypt to explore and use their free resources. Although the goal of this site is to recruit individuals for their courses, the information they provide is valuable for the classroom. Short descriptive articles covering pyramids, tombs, monuments, hieroglyphs, famous pharaohs are wonderful for research. Each topic is generously illustrated with color photographs and drawings. One feature worth noting for primary source aficionados is the story of David Roberts the first British artist to sketch the fantastic monuments of ancient Egypt. A few of his lithographs accompany the biography. This site is well designed and easy to navigate. Note: If you are interested in viewing more lithographs by David Roberts visit http://www.museum-tours.com/museum/roberts/roberts0.htm).

Egyptomania Cleveland Museum of Art

Find brief information about daily life in Egypt. Take a quiz to test your knowledge about Egypt. Build a Pharaoh. Discover the animals that live in Egypt through photographs and art. Egyptomania lessons are another good resource for teachers and students.

Egypt’s Golden Empire

PBS provides a wealth of resources to compliment its program, Egypt’s Golden Empire. Start by reading about the accomplishments of people who prospered during this era. Next, check out the special features such as Virtual Egypt where you can explore key sites through panoramic views or the Virtual Library with primary sources such as paintings and sculptures. For educators, there are a variety of lessons from architectural marvels to science and technology that incorporate video clips from the film. Middle and high school teachers will find this site invaluable.

Explore the Pyramids

Who built the pyramids? How were they constructed? What artifacts were buried in the tombs? Find the answers to these questions and more at this National Geographic website.

Newton's Apple: Mummies

Archaeologists discover mummies that have remained intact. How is this done? Surviving the test of time has always fascinated scientists and archaeologists. Learn the secrets of making a mummy. Use an apple and follow the recipe. What materials were used to treat the body? View the online video and examine a real mummy from the Science Museum of Minnesota. Scientists discuss the process of mummification as well as the techniques used to examine mummies without unwrapping them. This Twin Cities public television site offers a wealth of information on mummies and mummification.

Think Like an Egyptian

Presented by the Franklin Institute and sponsored by Mellon this site includes many resources for the teaching of science while studying Ancient Egypt.. There is a guide for educators that takes the Tutankhamen exhibit and provides k-12 science connections. They all correlate to the National Science Foundation Standards. The k-4 science activities provide hands on science for simple machines, hieroglyphs, and water. Many simple machines were used in building the pyramids and students are provided with directions for creating their own simple machines. The science of hieroglyphs involves encoding and decoding ancient writing. Use the code to create and translate Egyptian writing. Determine your use of water while following the activity booklet’s suggestions for water conservation. Activities for grades 5-8 include the topics of mummification, hieroglyphs, and weather and climate. Each includes hands on activities for students. The 9-12 curriculum topics are hieroglyphs, medicine, and mummification and incorporate experiments appropriate for high school students.

Write Like an Egyptian

Enter the Egyptian Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Write your name in hieroglyphs on the screen the way an Egyptian scribe would have written it. Then send an online Egyptian postcard to anyone in the entire world. Visit the Secrets and Science of the Egyptian Mummy and discover their ideas about the afterlife. The mummification process is explained as well as the Book of the Dead. Find photos of the many exhibits in the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Ancient Egypt Clip Art and Fonts

Jazz up your lessons with free clip art and inexpensive fonts from these sites. Be sure to read their use policies.

Ancient Egyptian Clip Art


The Sphinx

Ancient Egyptian Clip Art by Phillip Martin


Ra

Font Menu ($9.95 Windows)

Free Egyptian Clip Art


Mask of King Tut

Clipart ETC: Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse

The earliest known Egyptian writing: a picture story of the falcon king.
Source: Breasted, James Henry Outlines of European History (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1914)

Neferchichi's Fonts ($15.99 Mac and Windows)




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