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Tower of Babel/Ancient Babylon (Part II)

 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

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DISCUSS:

  • 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

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Ancient Egypt Overview/Review (Part II)

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)
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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

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Ancient Egypt Overview/Review (Part I)

 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)

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DISCUSS:

  • 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

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The Pyramids

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

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DISCUSS:

  • 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)

ACTIVITIES:

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

 

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Hieroglyphics

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

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DISCUSS:

  • 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)

ACTIVITIES:

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).

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