Ancient Egypt Round-Up
They way we typically school is to do a deep dive on a subject of interest and to explore that in a multi-disciplinary fashion. During our days we rarely mention subject names and instead prefer to learn and extend that learning a variety of ways.
I've spoken on this type of Deep Dive planning at the SHBE Conference and love equipping other parents and educators. If you're looking for a speaker you can check out the BOOK MONIQUE page on this website. I also have a One Thing Planning guide in my SHOP.
Considering that I don't create unit plans in quite the same way I did when I was teaching public school full time I thought I'd at least do a round up of some of the activities we did and resources we used on our deep dives. The first up is Ancient Egypt! This was a really fun one and we could've kept going but I'm sure we'll return to it at some point down the road ;)
The first thing I do when prepping a deep dive is to find a ton of books and ideally at least one novel that will serve as our "living book" for our study. Reading a narrative is one of our favourite ways to learn about history as it's a way of immersing yourself in the culture and you care deeply for the characters and what they are experiencing. It brings that content to LIFE.
I use our province's Interlibrary Loan System to search keywords and start ordering books which I pick up at the local library. It doesn't matter if we don't end up using them all, I order as many as possible and then pick the best ones.
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
"Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue."
We didn't get to this one but there were tons of amazing reviews on it. I believe you can also get the audiobook for free on Hoopla.
"Trouble Times Ten" - this was a collection of short novels and was set in Egypt during the plagues. The kids enjoyed this one.
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
We're big fans of Riordan and though we haven't read this one yet I've included it. We're loving Percy Jackson and I've started The Red Pyramid myself. We will eventually read it but if I were doing this unit again we would totally read it during our studies.
Picture and Non Fiction Books
We learned a lot from the "You wouldn't want to be a....." series. Specific to Egypt we read:
You Wouldn't Want To Be....
"An Egyptian Pyramid Builder"
"An Egyptian Mummy"
Smithsonian Timelines of Everything
This was probably the most video heavy of any deep dive we've done. I've created a playlist on Youtube that you can go to to find all the videos we watched. Some of it gets repetitive but it's good reinforcement. (Just click the title)
Ancient Egypt - Rise and Fall
The Timeline of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt Crash Course
Kids Animated History of Egypt
Why Was the Great Sphynx of Giza Built?
Exploring King Tut's Tomb
Ancient Egypt for Kids
Who Built the Pyramids
How the Pyramids Were Built
James Acaster - The Absurdity of British Colonization : This is a comedy bit by a British comedian. It's hilarious and brings up the absurdity (in a light hearted way) of western powers stealing other countries cultural artifacts. Screen it - I can't remember if there is any language ;)
We also watched National Geographic's Lost Treasures of Egypt on Prime Video
Art is such a great way to explore culture and history. We did lots of viewing of Egyptian Art and Hieroglyphs.
Pharaoh's Head Square Paintings