Monthly Archives: January 2013

Egyptian Transportation & Agriculture

Week 7: Ancient Egyptian Transportation & Agriculture

READ:  K – 5:  Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Chp 6 only)

6 – 8:  Ancient Transportation by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only) AND  Ancient Agriculture by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only)

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DISCUSS: 

  • What river was the lifeline of Ancient Egypt? (Nile)
  • How did most people travel in Egypt? (walking or by boat)
  • What were most boats made of? (Papyrus reeds)
  • What were larger boats made of and who were they for? (wood; for Pharoah and for carrying supplies)
  • Did their boats have sails? (yes)

Questions for grades 6-8:

  • What famous canal did the Egyptians build? (Suez Canal)
  • What was it for? (connected Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea)
  • Why did Ancient Egyptians need to irrigate the land? (keep it fertile & from drying out)
  • Besides the Suez Canal, what other water projects did they build? (dams  & other canals)

ACTIVITIES:
K – 5: Make a boat using the instructions on page 58 of Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt.

6 – 8: Find a picture of an ancient Egyptian boat on the internet by CLICKING HERE and draw it; then label it as a Pharoah’s vessel or one for a common laborer.

Copyright January 26th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Everyday Life — Ancient Egypt

Week 6: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

READ:  K – 4:  Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Read Introduction & Chp 1)

5 – 8:  Egyptian Dynasties by Joyce Haynes (Read Chp 3 only)

DISCUSS:

  • What were Egyptian houses like? (flat-roofed houses made of mud bricks)
  • What did they wear? (white clothes made of linen; men wore knee-length; women wore long dresses; women liked many hairstyles; boys shaved their heads leaving one long braid hanging over right ear;  children often wore nothing)
  • What were some foods the Egyptians ate? (barley, wheat, bread, beer, honey, onions, leeks, cucumbers, beans, dates, figs, grapes, & eggs)
  • Did the Egyptians wear make-up? (yes, all people did – even the men)

ACTIVITIES:
K – 3: Create the Scarab necklace on page 13 of Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt using self-hardening clay and blue or green poster paint.

4 – 6: Ancient Egypt daily life word find.  Click here for pdf: Ancient Egyptian Daily Life Word Find or here for  word.doc: Ancient Egyptian Daily Life Word Find

7 – 8: Read about ancient Egyptian homes and furniture from this website: CLICK HERE.  Write a short essay describing 3 aspects/articles of the home.  Tell whether any of these items surprised you and why?

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Abraham

Week 5:   Abraham

VIEW:  K – 3:  Abraham and Isaac by Nest Entertainment (many libraries across America carry these DVDs) OR  story of Abraham from children’s Bible    (I highly recommend The Young Reader’s Bible by Bonnie Bruno.  It’s excellent!) AND
READ: The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon by Martha Rustad (Chp 4 only)

4 – 6:  Genesis  18: 10 – 15 & Genesis 21:1-7, & Genesis 22:1-19  AND  The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 4 only) by Martha Rustad

7 – 8:  Genesis  18: 10 – 15 & Genesis 19: 1 – 29, & Genesis 21:1-7, & Genesis 22:1-19  AND  Ancient Computing by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 2 only)



DISCUSS:

  • Why didn’t Abraham & Sarah think they could have a baby? (too old)
  • What does the name Isaac mean? (he laughs)
  • Why did Abraham try to sacrifice his son? (God told him to)
  • Why didn’t he? (God stopped him)
  • Why did God ask him to? (tested his faith)
  • Abraham is sometimes referred to as the father of the Jewish nation.  Do you think this is a fair title?  Why or why not? (answers will vary)
  • Does God still ask people to do hard things today to test our faith?  Give some examples.  (answers will vary)
  • Abraham and his family lived in tents, not a city.  Why do you think this was the case? (livestock needed to move often to new pastures to feed)

Questions for Grades 7 – 8: 

  • How did the Ancient Mesopotamians measure weight? (used scales and standard weight balances)
  • Did they use maps? (yes)
  • Did they plan cities or did they just grow with the population? (they were planned)
  • How did they measure time? (with the sundial)
  • Why do we have 24 hr days? (started with the Babylonians)
  • When was Pi discovered? (with the Babylonians)
  • What is Pi? (circumference of a circle)

ACTIVITIES:

K – 3: Abraham & Isaac coloring page from this website:  Click HERE. 

4 – 6: Answer the following questions in writing:  Abraham is sometimes referred to as the father of the Jewish nation.  Do you think this is a fair title?  Why or why not?  Does God still ask people to do hard things today to test our faith?  Give some examples.  Abraham and his family lived in tents, not a city.  Why do you think this was the case?

7 – 8:  Find and color the Dead Sea on a map of Israel (click HERE); many people believe that is where Sodom & Gomorrah once were located.  Essay question:  Lot was Abraham’s nephew.  Why do you think Lot and his family wanted to stay in Sodom?  Do you believe things are better or worse in cities today than things were in Sodom & Gomorrah?  Why?

Copyright January 12, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon

Week 4:   Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon Part I

READ:  K – 3:  Tower of Babel story in a children’s Bible & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 1 – 3 only) by Martha Rustad

4 – 5:  Genesis  11:  1 – 32 & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 1 – 3 only) by Martha Rustad

6 – 8:  Genesis  11: 1 – 32 & The Sumerians by Elaine Landau


Note: Many people believe the Tower of Babel was built during the Babylonian empire.  Read 1 Chronicles 1:19.  This verse is about Peleg, the great, great, great grandson of Noah.  The verse says that in his time the earth was divided.  He probably lived at about the time of the building of the Tower of Babel.  There are some people who believe at one time the earth was all one continent, but at some point, it was broken into pieces.  Is it possible that in addition to confusing their languages, that God “scattered them from there over all the earth” by dividing the earth into pieces? Something to think about!

DISCUSS:

  • How many languages were spoken when people began building the Tower of Babel? (1)
  • Why did the Lord scatter the people over the earth and confuse their languages? (because they wanted to make a name for themselves)
  • What does the word “Babel” mean? (confused)
  • Find a picture of a ziggurat in your text or on the internet. (Click HERE.)  Many people believe the tower of Babel was a ziggurat.  Is this how you pictured the Tower of Babel?
  • Why were most ziggurats built? (to honor a city’s patron god)
  • What were the Babylonians’ buildings made of? (baked bricks)
  • Where did the Ancient Mesopotamians first live? (Fertile Crescent Area)
  • Which group living in Mesopotamia invented the first writing system? (The Sumerians)
  • Who lived in Mesopotamia first, the Sumerians or the Babylonians? (Sumerians)

Questions for Grades 6 – 8:

  • What were some of the jobs/positions of people in Ancient Mesopotamia? (king, government officials, merchants, scribes, farmers, slaves, priests)
  • How many gods did the Mesopotamians believe in? (Hundreds)

ACTIVITIES: K – 2: Build a ziggurat out of Legos, blocks, etc.

3 – 5:  Write a paragraph discussing some good and bad things about everyone being able to speak the same language.

6 – 8:  Write an essay: Compare and contrast Ancient Mesopotamian Life with the lives of the Ancient Hebrews.  Be sure to include where they lived, what they worshipped, what type of work they did, etc.

Copyright January 5th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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