Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt


This three week / 15 day unit of study revolves around Ancient Egypt.
This unit will introduce how the develpment of agriculture along the Nile River permitted the growth of other occupations and of ancient Egyptian civilizations.
In this unit of study, there will four main areas of study with integrated lessons that will be spread out over three weeks of instuction. Also, there will be different lessons from different subject areas incorporated into the The main objectives for this unit of study are;

Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of early Egypt.

Lesson 1: Gift of the Nile ( standards 6.2.1 6.2.2 6.2.6)
  • Explain how the flooding of the Nile River benefited the ancient Egyptians.
  • Describe how Egyptians used the fertile land along the Nile.
  • Identify other natural resources that Egyptians used.
  • Language Objective: Understand and use geographic terms such as fertile, delta, and silt~

Lesson 2: Life in Ancient Egypt (standards 6.2.2 6.2.3 6.2.5 6.2.9 HI 2)

  • Identify jobs and social roles of ancient Egyptians.
  • Describe Egyptian advances in calendars, geometry, medicine, and writing.
  • Explain Egyptian religious beliefs.
  • Language Objective: Understand and use terms related to writing, such as scribe, hieroglyph, and papyrus.

Lesson 3: The Pyramid Builders (standards 6.2.3 6.2.5 CST 1)

  • Explain how government and religion were linked in ancient Egypt.
  • Describe how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built and what it contained.
  • Identify the differences between the Middle Kingdom and the Old Kingdom.
  • Language Objective: Understand and use terms related to rulers, such as dynasty, succession, and pharaoh.

Lesson 4: The New Kingdom (standards 6.2.3 6.2.7 CST 2)

  • Identify the main achievements of Queen Hatshepsut.
  • Explain how Akhenaton tried to change Egyptian religion and art.
  • Describe the achievements of Ramses II.
  • Language Objective: Use terms of comparison and contrast to describe two important rulers, Hatshepsut and Ramses II

A very useful website that has many supplemental materials of the unit of study on Ancient Egypt

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Previous and Future Lesson Tie Ins
~ This unit of study on ancient Egypt is from the Houghton Mifflin History-Social Science Teacher's Edition. All lessons, activities, and units of study are about ancient civilizations. Prior the chapter 5: Ancient Egypt; students have been introduced to early civilizations of southwest Asia. This covered anciet Mesopotamia and the early empires.
~ The next area of study that will be introduced is chapter 6: Kush and Other African Kingdoms. Then onto the next unit of study; Ancient Asiaan and American Civilizations.
~ Throughout all of world's history, sixth grade students are required to learn about the ancient civilizations.
~ Having the students do a final project/report on which ever ancient civilaztion would be a great wrap-up for the year.