Ancient Egypt Unit Study

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Intro to Ancient Egypt

We looked at a few intro videos to ease into this unit:
Ancient Egypt for Kids by EdYouToo on YouTube (18 min)
Ancient Egypt 101 by National Geographic on YouTube (6 min)
What Did The Ancient Egyptians Call Egypt? by Name Explain (4 min)
Egypt – A Journey Down The Nile by Smart Productions on YouTube (19 min)

Geography

We have a large world map (we ordered <this one> from Amazon to hang on our wall), which we used to look up the latitude and longitude of the major cities. We also looked at how to use Google Maps to enter coordinates, and how to find coordinates on a paper map. We had a lot of fun looking at the topography on the paper map and then zooming in on areas of interest on Google Maps. We keep a small, handheld globe next to the TV where we watch videos, and a placemat with the world map at the table. Having these sources readily available has opened numerous conversations about our current topics as well as places Kitt heard about in the real world or on cartoons, etc.

We watched this video:
Geography of Ancient Egypt by Tom Richey on YouTube (4 min)
We also watched the BBC Africa series on Netflix, which covers the entire African continent with all its biomes.

Daily Life

We looked at many videos to get a glimpse into the daily life of their culture:
TICE ART 1010 Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Egyptian Art by Nancy Ross on YouTube (6 min)
Daily Life of Ancient Egypt…in five minutes or less by TheMrGranito on YouTube (5 min)
Living in Ancient Egypt Part 1: Three thousand Years of History by MMSreilly on YouTube (2 min)
Living in Ancient Egypt Part 2: Egypt and the Nile River by MMSreilly on YouTube (2 min)
Living in Ancient Egypt Part 3: Farming Houses & Transportation by MMSreilly on YouTube (2 min)
Living in Ancient Egypt Part 4: The Pharaoh by MMSreilly on YouTube (4 min)
Living in Ancient Egypt Part 5: Paper, Writing and Numbers by MMSreilly on YouTube (3 min)
Living in Ancient Egypt Part 6: Tombs & Mummies by MMSreilly on YouTube (3 min)
Living in Ancient Egypt Part 7: The Impact of Ancient Egypt by MMSreilly on YouTube (1 min)
What Hieroglyphics Say About the Women of Ancient Egypt by Smithsonian Channel on YouTube (3 min)
Rights of Ancient Egyptian Women by Tristan Andrews on YouTube (5 min)
A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian doctor by TED Ed on YouTube (5 min)
Cuisine of Ancient Egypt | History of Egyptian Food, Dining Customs, and Diet by Nerd Nite on YouTube (19 min)
What did the ancient Egyptian Harp sound like? by Michael Levy on YouTube (4 min)
Egyptian Flute by Erik The Flutemaker on YouTube (2 min)
Ancient Egyptian Trade by Test Account on YouTube (3 min)
Misunderstood Moments in History – Cleopatra’s Egypt by Invicta on YouTube (21 min)

There is mention of the practice in Ancient Egypt to marry siblings. 

 

Government & Politics

We found a few videos describing the political structure of dynastic Egypt. Since we had already covered Alexander the Great and Ptolemaic Egypt, we just reviewed those later historic periods and identified them as a change in government.
Egyptian Government Officials by Nicole Creedon on YouTube (5 min)
Ancient Egyptian Government: Interesting (Facts) and History by Quill & Ink History on YouTube (4 min)
We discussed the potential (and real) abuse of power by the various officials and priests, especially the viziers- who could potentially only pass on their own agendas to the pharaoh when they summarized the reports they received.

Theater

Kitt has aspirations to become an author, blogger, and/or YouTuber, so I have included as many culturally equivalent entertainment aspects for each culture we are studying as I can find in each unit. There are very few resources about theater in Ancient Egypt, but we discussed how theater began with religious rituals to honor the gods and how the people explained the natural world without science. We tied this discussion in with our mythology and religion studies.

Mythology/Religion

Ancient Egyptian Mythology series by See U in History/ Mythology on YouTube
Egyptian Mythology: The Origin of the World Ep.01 See U in History (Ra’s Version) (3 min)
Osiris and Seth – Egyptian Mythology #02 See U in History (3 min)
Horus vs Seth – The Clash of Gods – Egyptian Mythology #03 – See U in History (4 min)
Ra and the Sun Boat (God of Sun) Egyptian Mythology – See U in History (3 min)
Bastet: The Cat Goddess – Egyptian Mythology – See u in History (2 min)
Anubis: The Egyptian God of Afterlife and Embalming – Egyptian Mythology – See U in History (3 min)
Apophis/Apep: The Malignat Serpent of Chaos – Egyptian Mythology – See U in History (3 min)

We also watched a few related videos, sometimes following the rabbit hole to see where it leads.
THE EGYPTIAN CREATION MYTH by Fiona Passantino on YouTube (3 min)
Top 10 Egyptian Gods and Goddesses by WatchMojo.com on YouTube (10 min)
25 Facts About Ancient Egyptian Gods That You Probably Didn’t Know by list25 on YouTube (8 min)

Since Ancient Egyptians were preoccupied with death and the afterlife, we explored some of this topic in depth.

 

This section explores death, cremation, and the embalming process. It’s all animated and neat, but not for all audiences.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
Mysteries of vernacular: Sarcophagus by TED-Ed on YouTube (2 min)
How to make a mummy by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
What can you learn from ancient skeletons? by TED-Ed on YouTube (4 min)
The fascinating history of cemeteries by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)

Language Arts

Kitt really got into writing her own prophecies around this time, so I didn’t make her read a related novel. It was interesting to see a few lines of her prose hint at things we learned during this unit. Instead of reading a book (we already read a book on Cleopatra during our Roman unit anyway), we studied how languages evolved, hieroglyphics, and the discovery of the Rosetta Stone.
How Did Language Begin by Arika Okrent on YouTube (4 min)
How Egypt invented the alphabet – History of Writing Systems #7 (Abjad) by NativLang on YouTube (5 min)
How Do We Know How Languages Are Related? by Arika Okrent on YouTube (5 min)
How languages evolve by TED Ed on YouTube (4 min)
Hieroglyphs : Documentary on Hieroglyphs and Secrecy (Full Documentary) by Cobal Finset on YouTube (24 min)
This last video covers the Rosetta Stone and the difficulties cracking the code.

History

Unlike Ancient China, I had a difficult time finding videos that stuck to a distinct order for the history of Ancient Egypt. Most of the good quality material bounced from one era to another to compare, so I gave up trying to organize them beyond a general flow. Here they are in the order we watched them:
The Scorpion King and the Birth of Egypt by History Time on YouTube (9 min)
Invasions of the Sea Peoples: Egypt & The Late Bronze Age Collapse by History Time on YouTube (9 min)
History of Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom by VC3 Productions on YouTube (11 min)
Planet Egypt (1 of 4) Birth of the Empire by Zakerias Rowland-Jones on YouTube (48 min)
Planet Egypt (2 of 4) Pharaohs at War by Zakerias Rowland-Jones on YouTube (48 min)
Planet Egypt (3 of 4) Temples of Power by Zakerias Rowland-Jones on YouTube (48 min)
Planet Egypt (4 of 4) Quest for Eternity by Zakerias Rowland-Jones on YouTube (48 min)

The Pyramids
Imhotep the Genius of Kemet (Egypt) by 9 World Chronicles on YouTube (5 min)
Ancient Egypt – Djoser and the Step Pyramid by DW World History on YouTube (9 min)
Ancient Origins of the Sphinx Temple of Egypt by Ancient Architects on YouTube (11 min)
The Pyramids of Egypt – How and Why – Naked Science Documentary (Full) by Wise Wanderer on YouTube (50 min)

The Pharaohs
Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs…in five minutes or less by TheMrGranito on YouTube (5 min)
Egypt’s Lost Queens (Ancient Egypt Documentary) by Timeline World History Documentaries on YouTube (59 min)
The pharaoh that wouldn’t be forgotten by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
Hatshepsut: Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen by Ancient World on YouTube (1hr 41 min)
Tutankhamun – The Golden King & The Great Pharaohs by Darryl Kinson on YouTube (35 min)
Why did King Tut have a flat head? by thebrainscoop on YouTube (8 min)
Akhenaten: Egypt’s Mystery Pharaoh by History Time on YouTube (6 min)

The Wonders of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria – (MUST WATCH THIS !!!) Documentary by OOWK Media on YouTube (46 min)
What really happened to the Library of Alexandria? by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
The Lighthouse of Alexandria: 7 Ancient Wonders by Concerning Reality on YouTube (2 min)

Battles and Weapons
How Powerful Was Ancient Egypt ? by Knowledgia on YouTube (5 min)
Ancient Egyptian Weapons & Battles by Ancient Civilizations Documentary on YouTube (44 min)

STEAM Projects

Science- Energy Studies
Since the desert is full of sunlight and the sixth grade core standards cover energy types, we decided to explore light energy during this unit.  We watched the following videos on light energy:
A guide to the energy of the Earth by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
What Is Light? by Kurzgesagt- In A Nutshell on YouTube (5 min)
Is light a particle or a wave? by TED-Ed on YouTube (4 min)
Light waves, visible and invisible by TED-Ed on YouTube (6 min)
Sunlight is way older than you think by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
What light can teach us about the universe by TED-Ed on YouTube (4 min)

Technology/ Engineering
How do solar panels work? by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
Why aren’t we only using solar power? by TED-Ed on YouTube (5 min)
Best Inventions and Innovations from Ancient Egypt! by Pablito’s Way on YouTube (13 min)

Art
Kitt had no interest in writing her name in hieroglyphs or doing any sand art. We worked on drawing cats, mostly from the Warrior’s (Erin Hunter) series fandom. As we watched time-lapse videos of other artist’s work, Kitt doodled and sketched. Unfortunately, the artist herself declared her work unfinished, and therefore, not ready for internet viewing, so I have no pictures to share for this process.

Math
We started using the Learn Math Fast system, supplemented by games on Prodigy. Since we were still getting used to these systems, I didn’t have Kitt work on any specific math projects. Some ideas would be to incorporate some 3D pyramid geometry projects into the unit or to plan a large scale temple-style painting on a big paper by grid drawing (ideas we didn’t get to, unfortunately).

Unit Review

How is Ancient Egypt Relevant To Us?
For review, we watched the videos:
Kid’s Animated History Egypt by History Trailers on YouTube (21 min)
The Timeline of Ancient Egypt by garethw832 on YouTube (4 min)
The Grand History of Pharaonic Egypt : every year, regime, dynasty, and pharaoh by Wanderative on YouTube (17 min)
The History of Egypt : Every Year by Khey Pard on YouTube (10 min)

For fun, we watched a few fact videos about Egypt:
Geography Now! EGYPT by Geography Now on YouTube (12 min)
Flag Friday EGYPT (Geography Now) by Geography Now on YouTube (3 min)
101 Facts About Ancient Egypt by 101Facts on YouTube (36 min)

Warning- the author of this last video is a bit intense, and there are hints of adult content (think Easter Eggs, like in Shrek). Kitt loves this series, and laughs at some of the references she notices. This is a purely secular video, but fun to watch regardless.

Timeline Project
For review, we printed out the resources below and went over the flashcards as Kitt cut and glued the pieces into her timeline binder. (We opted to send the PDF of the cards to my tablet so we wouldn’t waste paper.) Having the timeline cutouts match with the flashcard review made this so much easier. Instead of a test, Kitt had to tell me something about each person or event corresponding to the card.

World History Timeline Binder by Michelle at researchparent.com
I absolutely love this idea for keeping World History relevant for Kitt. We printed it out, put it into a nice binder, and started adding significant dates to it. 

Ancient Egypt Review Flashcards
Ancient Egypt Timeline Cutouts