Sunday, December 15, 2013

Underway in Our Study of Ancient Egypt

We have made significant progress in our study of the ancient Egyptians. Last week students discovered some famous pharaohs and the monuments they built. They learned about such pharaohs as Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid, Hatshepsut, often considered the first female pharaoh, and Ramses II, who built the amazing sun temple, Abu Simbel. They also learned that those things we consider Egyptian, like mummies, hieroglyphics, and pyramids developed during the Egyptian time period called the Old Kingdom. However, studying Egypt’s geography was our primary goal last week as the children completed maps of the country, and defined characteristics of the Nile River, the “giver of life” for Egypt.

This week we continue our historical trip of ancient Egypt as we look at the later periods of time, and students complete a reading assignment about Osiris and Isis, two important ancient Egyptian gods.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Studying the Ancient Egyptians

Last week we finished our discovery of the ancient Mesopotamian cultures. Students learned that this area is considered the “cradle of civilization” for the western world. They also learned the beginnings of such things as farming, irrigation, and laws. Now we’re on to our examination of the ancient Egyptians. This next week we will be looking at the geography of Egypt, as well as discover some of their most famous pharaohs and queens. It is in this unit that I will also have students do some research with which they will write about a favorite pharaoh, queen, or Egyptian monument.  The Egyptians are a fascinating culture and students are quite eager to begin studying them.