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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