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.