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Contributions of Ancient Egypt Unit

Unit Objectives:

As a result of instruction, students will know...
  • The definitions of the terms ancient, architecture, and contribution
  • That hieroglyphics, paper, 365-day calendar, clock and pyramids are all contributions of Ancient Egypt
As a result of instruction, students will understand...
  • Ancient Egypt’s contributions to architecture, written language, and inventions many years ago still have a major affect on the world today.
As a result of instruction, students will be able to...
  • Students will be able to locate and use both print and non-print resource materials to collect, organize, and interpret information.

Unit Outline: 

  • Pre-assessment: multiple choice and drawing
  • Video clip and read aloud: introduction of the major contributions of Ancient Egypt to the present world
  • Use of multiple books
  • Review: map of Egypt and icons corresponding to the contributions of Ancient Egypt
  • K-W-L chart
  • Read aloud and slide show: presenting students with information of pyramids and hieroglyphics
  • Hands-on activities: making pyramids and translating word list into hieroglyphics
  • Writing: description pyramids and name in hieroglyphics
  • Review: icon map and K-W-L chart
  • Paired research: gathering of information using multiple book and internet resources on the inventions of Ancient Egypt, including papyrus paper, the 365-day calendar, and the clock
  • Group sharing: hypothesis discussion on the uses of the inventions with supporting evidence from research
  • Physical demonstration: presentation of the inventions along with a teacher-given explanation of each
  • Revisit: hypotheses
  • Formative assessment: information sort
  • Review: icon map and K-W-L chart
  • Review: week’s terms, including ancient, civilization, contribution, written language, architecture, invention, hypothesis, and evidence
  • Archeological dig: students find ancient and present “artifacts” in the classroom in small groups and then sort as examples of Ancient Egypt and non-examples
  • Synthesis: walk through sort as a class and discuss the contributions of Ancient Egypt, with emphasis on the their uses in the past
  • Review: icon map and K-W-L chart
  • Visual Discovery: images of ancient and present versions of the week’s contributions presented for the students to describe
  • Compare/contrast matrix: descriptions facilitate a collection of observations used to compare the ancient and modern versions of the contributions
  • Discussion: influences of the contributions of Ancient Egypt on the present world
  • Review: icon map and K-W-L chart
  • Formal assessment: guided writing prompt