Week 16: Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon Part II**
READ: K – 3: Story of Daniel & Story of Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego in a children’s Bible* & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 5 – 6 only) by Martha Rustad
4 – 5: The Bible: Daniel chapter 3, Daniel chapter 6 & The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon (Chps 5 – 6 only) by Martha Rustad
6 – 8: The Bible: Daniel chapter 1, Daniel chapter 3, & Daniel chapter 7 & The Babylonians by Elaine Landau
* I highly recommend The Young Reader’s Bible by Bonnie Bruno & Carol Reinsma
- Who was the first great ruler of Babylon? (Hammurabi)
- What was the “Code of Hammurabi”? (set of laws telling people how to live)
- How do we know about this code? (carved on a stone)
- Who was the most famous ruler of Babylon? (King Nebuchadnezzar II)
- What did he do to make Babylon powerful? (built a bigger & better city, fixed canals, built wall around city; built famous “Hanging Gardens of Babylon”)
- What were the “Hanging Gardens”? (one of 7 wonders of the Ancient World; beautiful gardens built for the king’s wife on palace rooftop)
- Why is Nebuchadnezzar famous in the Bible? (demanded that Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego bow to worship a huge golden statue; also had dreams of prophecy that Daniel interpreted.)
ACTIVITIES: K – 2: Coloring page of Daniel in the lion’s den & Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego in fiery furnace. Click HERE and HERE.
3 – 5: Write a paragraph discussing some of the good and bad things about King Nebuchadnezzar.
6 – 8: Write an essay discussing King Nebuchadnezzar’s positive and negative qualities.
** Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon Part I lesson plan was posted several weeks ago. To get to that lesson plan, click HERE.
Copyright March 30th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette
Week 15: Egypt Overview/Review (Part II)
READ: K – 3: Reread Mummies, Pyramids, & Pharaohs by Gail Gibbons
4 – 6: King Fisher Voyages: Ancient Egypt by Simon Adams (pg 30 – end)
7 – 8: Your Travel Guide to Ancient Egypt by Nancy Day (pgs 52 – end)
DISCUSS (for Grades 4 – 8):
- What was the “Valley of the Kings?” (remote desert valley where Pharaohs’ tombs were hidden)
- Who was Tutankhamen? (famous Pharaoh; his untouched tomb was discovered in 1922)
- Name a famous Pharoah other than Tutankhamen? (Ramses)
- Why was he so famous? (ruled a long time; successful in battle; successful building program)
ACTIVITIES: K – 8: Using some of the images in your book for help, design a “wall” of Ancient Egyptian paintings.
Copyright March 23rd, 2013 by Gwen Fredette
Week 14: Egypt Overview/Review (Part I)
READ: K – 3: Mummies, Pyramids, & Pharaohs by Gail Gibbons
4 – 6: Ancient Egypt (Kingfisher Voyages) by Simon Adams (pg 1 – 29)
7 – 8: Your Travel Guide to Ancient Egypt by Nancy Day (pgs 1 – 51)
- On what continent was Ancient Egypt? (Africa)
- What 2 seas was it near? (Mediterranean & Red Sea)
- What important river was the lifeline of ancient Egypt? (Nile River)
- What were kings in ancient Egypt called? (Pharaohs)
- What were some of the jobs of ancient Egyptians? (priests, chief ministers, monarchs, tradespeople, farmers, laborers, soldiers, slaves)
- Who wore make-up? (everyone)
- Were the Egyptians artistic? (yes)
- What was Egyptian writing called? (Hieroglyphs)
- Did Egyptians have celebrations? (Yes)
- How many gods did they worship? (many!)
- What was a mummy? (dead body that was wrapped and prepared carefully)
- What were some of the Egyptians’ most famous buildings? (Pyramids)
ACTIVITIES: K – 8: Color this map of Ancient Egypt: CLICK HERE. Label the Nile River, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.
K – 2: Considering all of the jobs Ancient Egyptians had, what would you like to be/do if you lived at that time? Draw a picture.
3 – 5: Considering all of the jobs Ancient Egyptians had, what would you like to be/do if you lived at that time? Why? Write a paragraph.
6 – 8: Considering all of the jobs Ancient Egyptians had, what would you like to be/do if you lived at that time? Why? Write an essay.
Copyright March 16th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette
Week 13: The Pyramids
READ: K – 5: Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 2) by Linda Honan
6 – 8: Pyramids of Egypt by Don Nardo
- Why were the pyramids built? (tombs for kings)
- What pyramid is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world? (Great Pyramid at Giza)
- What were the pyramids built from? (stone)
- How were the pyramids built? (ramps, sleds, rollers)
- What was the capstone? (stone at the top of the pyramid – shaped like a pyramid and covered with gold)
- Where were the pyramids built? (in the desert)
- Originally the pyramids were filled with many of the Pharoah’s belongings. Why aren’t they now? (tombs raided by thieves)
K – 2: Using your book’s instructions on pg 22, make your own pyramid.
3 – 8: Using the diagram on this website as a model, draw your own diagram of the inside of an ancient Egyptian pyramid: http://science.howstuffworks.com/engineering/structural/pyramid2.htm. There is also a short video on this site called “Exploring a Tomb” that gives viewers a real life glimpse inside an ancient Egyptian tomb.
Copyright March 9th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette
Week 12: Hieroglyphics
READ: K – 5: Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 4) by Linda Honan
6 – 8: The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs by Carol Donoughue
- What were hieroglyphs? (Ancient Egyptian Writing)
- What did the Egyptians write on? (papyrus)
- What word in English comes from this word? (paper)
- Could most Ancient Egyptians read & write? (no)
- Who did most of the writing? (Scribes)
- What is a cartouche? (oval line around letters indicating a name)
- What direction did the Egyptians read in? (left to right; right to left, up & down)
- How were people finally able to understand Ancient Egyptian? (by finding the Rosetta Stone)
- Who deciphered it? (Jean Francois Champollion)
- In particular, writing on what places were people anxious to understand? (writing on tombs, temples, & ancient buildings)
K – 2: Using the symbols on pg 39 of your book, write your name in Egyptian; be sure to put a cartouche around your name.
3 – 5: Using the symbols on pg 39, write your name in Egyptian. Then write a simple sentence about your favorite dinner and dessert (in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs).
6 – 8: Do the above projects using the Hieroglyphs on pg 40 of your book. Then, write a paragraph explaining what you’ve learned about Champollion (in English).