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Ancient Egypt


LFS-DIGITAL K-U-D for Unit: Ancient Egypt


                                                                                                 Key Learning

(What is the big understanding for this unit?  What will you ultimately want students to understand as a result of the instruction?  This is a “big picture” understanding, based both on the most critical standards and the thematic focus of the unit.)


Students will examine historical materials related to Ancient Egypt’s culture and how the Egyptians modified and responded to their environment. 



Unit Essential Question

(What broad question will students be able to answer as a result of the instruction? This question should reflect the most critical standards on which the instruction is based.  This question is the inverse of the Key Learning; the Key Learning would provide an “ideal” response to this question.)


What makes Ancient Egypt culturally unique? 



Unit Description

(Briefly summarize the focus and content of the unit.)

Students will identify the basic geography of Ancient Egypt and how those geographic features played a role in developing the civilization centered around the Nile River. Students will study the history of the different kingdoms of Egypt.  After learning about influential Pharaohs, students will begin to analyze the cultures of Egypt. We begin by looking at the role religion plays in shaping the lives of the Ancient Egyptians.  Then we will look at the advances Egyptians made in medicine and science.  Students will end their unit by creating a comic strip answering one of the lesson essential questions. 

Grade-Level Standards Addressed in the Unit

(List the critical grade-level standards on which the instruction will be based.  Since many of the standards are recursive, reinforced throughout the year’s instruction, list only those that will be the focus of the instruction and assessments for this unit.)



History Standard One 6-8a: Students will examine historical materials relating to a

particular region, society, or theme; analyze change over time, and make logical

inferences concerning cause and effect.


Students will develop a knowledge of the ways humans modify and respond to the natural environment [ENVIRONMENT].




(Factual: nouns or noun phrases related to key concepts; terminology, academic vocabulary, formulas, etc., often found or implied in the language of the grade-level standards.)


(Conceptual:  key understandings that students will gain as a result of the instruction within the unit, found in the language of the grade-level standards, and generally written in complete sentences. These understandings will contribute to the overall key learning of the unit.)


(Procedural, Extending Thinking:  written as verb phrases, often found or implied in the language of the grade-level standards. These statements provide discreet targets for demonstrating learning.  Often the assessments for the learning will be selected

 from this column.)

Know major parts of the

Nile River including

Cataract, Delta & Silt.


Know the roles

Pharaohs & Regents

play in Dynasties.


Know what is the Old

Kingdom, New Kingdom,

and Middle Kingdom.


Know who King


Hatshepsut, and

Cleopatra were.


Know the role the afterlife played in shaping Egyptian culture.

Students will understand how the geographic features of the Nile River Valley allowed a civilization to survive along it.


Students will understand the characteristics of different Egyptian kingdoms, including their leaders, culture, accomplishments, and downfalls. 




Create a Nile River Poster identifying the

major parts of the river.


Complete graphic organizers classifying

the major characteristics of the 3 kingdoms.


*Gather data, examine patterns, and apply information for decision making using digital tools and resources. (1,4)

(to interpret multi-media videos and

photographs about life in ancient Egypt and to analyze primary resources of female rulers).


Conduct a social class interview.


**Integrate a variety of file types to create and illustrate a document or presentation. (1,6) ( By creating a comic strip on Egyptian culture using an internet based comic creator)


Print Resources


Prentice Hall Text: World Studies: The Ancient World
The History of Egypt reading

Various news articles on King Tut’s death and discovery of his tomb












Discovery Education Resources


Ancient Egypt: Three Thousand Years of Civilization

Egypt and the Nile River

Farming, Houses, and Transportation

The Pharaoh

Paper, Writing, and Numbers

Tombs and Mummies

The Impact of Ancient Egypt

Video Quiz: Living in Ancient Egypt

Welcome to Ancient Egypt!

The Ancient Egyptians

The Gift of the Nile

The Afterlife

King Tut: Unraveling the Boy King's Death

Young Tutankhamun Begins His Rule

Kingdoms of Egypt

Cleopatra's Influence and Impact on Rome



Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) at Giza

The pyramid of Chephren at Giza, Egypt.

The Valley of the Kings near Thebes.

The Rosetta Stone, key to the hieroglyphic texts.



Egyptian Literature

Egyptian Art and Architecture

Rosetta Stone



Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: The Egyptian Community

Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom Period

Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: People of a Timeless Land

Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: The Middle Kingdom Period

   Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: Pharaohs

   Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom Period

     Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: Death & Burial Practices

Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: The Work of an Archaeologist



Culture and Math: Math and Egypt

Open Resources



Resource 1: Ancient Egypt PowerPoint presentation
Media type: PPT
Description: A PowerPoint that highlights key ideas from ancient Egypt with an emphasis on vocabulary related to the belief in afterlife.
Level: Intermediate

Credit: Mackenzie Michals
License: CC BY NC ND

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade6, social studies, history, Egypt,


Resource 2: Ancient Egypt
Media type: ebook
Description: A simple ebook with a basic introduction to Ancient Eqypt, its important people, events, and beliefs
Level: Beginning

Credit: K12 Handhelds
License: CC BY

Notes/activity suggestions: This resource provides a good introduction for students who need additional language support.
TagsL grade6, social studies, history, Egypt


Resource 3Ancient Egypt glossary - text, PowerPoint
Media type: text, ebook, PPT
Description: A glossary of key terms related to this unit as specified in unit outline.
Level: intermediate

Credit: Kids Open Dictionary,
License: public domain

Notes/activity suggestions: This glossary can be used as a study handout or you might have students illustrate or add to the glossary with their own ideas or examples that illustrate the words. You can also use the PowerPoint as flashcards.

Tags: grade6, social studies, history, Egypt, glossary


Resource 4+: Ancient Egypt media setgeneric music library
Media type: photos
Description: A variety of images including maps, picture of the pyramids, ancient Egyptian artwork, etc.; includes a folder of clip art of hieroglyphs

Level: Beginning, Intermediate

Credit: various - right-click each file to get credit and license info
License: various - right-click each file to get credit and license info

Notes/activity suggestions: These images can be used create the comic strip for the project in this unit. Alternatively,
have students use images in this media set, along with info they learn through other sources, to create a multimedia project about ancient Egypt in Word, PowerPoint, or as a movie (Windows Movie Maker) or web page

Tags: grade6, social studies, history, Egypt, Giza, pyramids, Rosetta Stone, mummy, pharoah, mediaset


Resource 5+: Ancient Egypt vocabulary videos - Geography and Early Settlement, The Ancient Pharaohs, Daily Life, The Kingdom of Kush
Media type: Video
Description: These four videos introduce key vocabulary, including names, places, etc.
Level: Beginning

Credit: K12 Handhelds
License: CC BY SA

Notes/activity suggestions: This is a good resource for ESL students who might benefit from an introductin to terms before reading the text or participating in other class activities.
Tags: grade6, social studies, history, ancient civilizations, Egypt, Kush, pharaohs


Resource 6: Art from Ancient Egypt video, timeline with slideshow

Media type: video
Description: A narrated video showing sculpture from Ancient Egypt that discusses each object;
Level: Advanced

License: CC BY NC SA

Notes/activity suggestions: Have students make connections between the art in this film and the historical facts they have learned about.
Tags: grade6, social studies, history, Egypt, sculpture, Ramses, King Tut, pharoah


* new Resource 7: Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Egypt

Media type: video
Description: An extensive set of links to largely public domain translations and works pertaining to Ancient Egypt. 
Level: Advanced

Credit: Paul Halsall

License: Custom

Notes/activity suggestions: Excellent set of primary source translations and history text. Many are dated, but still useful.

Tags: grade6, social studies, history, Egypt


Thinkfinity Resources

Ancient Egyptian Scroll
students decipher an ancient Egyptian scroll to figure out which Egyptian cities are referred to URL:



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