Teaching resources for Ancient Egypt - Lists of people, places, and dates for a unit study, children's books about Ancient Egypt, and links to other resources.

Teaching Resources for Ancient Egypt

Are you homeschooling your children and teaching them about Ancient Egypt? Here is a list of people, places, and dates that you may want to include in a unit study about Ancient Egypt. I've also included a link to a printable crossword puzzle, and links to other resources.

People to Remember from Ancient Egypt

Menes - (reigned from c. 3150 B.C.) Legendary pharaoh who unified Upper and Lower Egypt

Imhotep - (2667 – 2648 B.C.) Architect of the Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser

Khufu - (reigned from c. 2589 to 2566 B.C.) Pharaoh of Egypt (also known as Cheops) who commissioned the Great Pyramid of Giza

Ahmose I - (reined from c. 1550–1525 BC) Pharaoh of Egypt who conquered the Hyksos and forced them out of the delta region, and successfully reasserted Egyptian power in its formerly subject territories of Nubia and Canaan

Hatshepsut - (reigned from c.1479 - 1458 B.C.) Female pharaoh, stepmother of Tuthmosis III

Akhenaten - (reigned c.1352 - 1336 B.C.) Monotheistic pharaoh who unsuccessfully attempted to have Egypt worship the sun god Aten

Tutankhamun - (reigned from c.1336 - 1327 BC) Pharaoh of Egypt whose tomb was discovered in 1922

Ramesses II (reigned from c.1279 - 1212 B.C.) The greatest pharaoh of the New Kingdom period in Ancient Egypt, who made peace with the Hittites

Nefertari (493 – 429 B.C.) Wife of Ramesses II

Ptolemy (c.367 BC - c.283 BC) General under Alexander the Great who became Pharaoh in Egypt

Cleopatra - (reigned 51 - 30 BC) The last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty


Places and Terms to Know about Ancient Egypt

Pharaoh - An Ancient Egyptian ruler. The name is derived from the phrase "Great House."

Nile River - The longest river in the world which flows through Egypt

The Nile Delta - The fertile area where the Nile River spreads out and flows into the 
Mediterranean Sea.

Cataracts - Areas of the Nile River where the water rushes over rocky beds

The Great Sphinx of Giza -A huge statue of a creature with a lion's body and a man's head that stands on the west bank of the Nile River in Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza - The oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis which is believed to have been built as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu around 2560 BC. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Thebes - The capital of Ancient Egypt

Amarna - The ceremonial capitol built by Pharaoh Akenhaten, and promptly abandoned at his death around 1336 B.C.

Mummy - A body that has been preserved and wrapped for burial

Canopic Jars - Jars used for preserving the internal organs of a body

Sarcophagus -  A box-like burial container for a corpse, most commonly carved in stone

Ra - Egyptian sun god

Amulet - A small charm

Kohl - A dark powder used by the Egyptians to darken the rims of their eyelids

Hieroglyphs - A system of writing in ancient Egypt that used pictures or symbols

Papyrus - An early form of paper which was made by pounding the pith of the papyrus plant into smooth sheets

Obelisk - A tall, slender stone pillar

Valley of the Kings - A valley on the west bank of the Nile River in Egypt where tombs were constructed for pharaohs and powerful nobles

Vizier - The highest official to serve Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt

Alexandria - City in Egypt founded by Alexander the Great which was the nation's capital for nearly a thousand years and which contained a magnificent library


Dates to Remember for Ancient Egypt

c. 3100 B.C.
Pharaoh Menes unites Upper and Lower Egypt
c. 2630 B.C.
Egypt's first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser, is built.
c. 2550 B.C.
The Great Pyramid at Giza is built
c. 1550 B.C.
Ahmose I becomes Pharaoh, and defeats the Hyksos
c. 1479 B.C
Queen Hatshepsut begins her reign as Pharaoh of Egypt
c. 1352 B.C
Akenhaten (Amenhotep IV) becomes Pharaoh, and introduces worship of Aten
c. 1336 B.C.
Tutankhamun begins his nine-year reign as Pharaoh
c. 1279 B.C.
Ramesses II
c. 525 B.C
Persians conquer Egypt
c. 332 B.C.
Alexander the Great conquers Egypt.
c. 305 B.C.
Ptolemy becomes Pharaoh
51 B.C.
Cleopatra becomes last Pharaoh of Egypt

Other Resources for Ancient Egypt

Crossword Puzzle for Ancient Egypt

National Geographic has a History 101 | Ancient Egypt video that gives a good overview of Ancient Egypt's history. The video is about 6 minutes long.

BBC History has information about pyramids, mummification, Egyptian gods and pharaohs, and other topics.

MrDonn.org has lessons and links for many topics about Ancient Egypt.

Homeschool Share has library lists, recipes, lapbooks, and many other resources for learning about Ancient Egypt.

Activity Village has coloring pages, craft ideas, and other printables about Ancient Egypt.

Smart History at Khan Academy has lessons about the history of Ancient Egypt.

PBS.org has a site where you can write your name in hieroglyphs.

Kids Love Learning has a unit study for Ancient Egypt which includes ideas for crafts, timeline activities and sentences for copywork.

Adventures in Homeschooling has a post about a unit study on Ancient Egypt.

The Unlikely Homeschool has a post about a mummified apple experients that has instructions and lots of great pictures. This blog also has posts about making papyrus, making a cartouche, and making Taamia Falafal, an ancient Egyptian meatless dish.

Ancient Egypt Lapbook - Jimmie has a Squidoo page that is full of links for printable coloring pages, ideas for hands-on activities, and resources for making lapbooks for Ancient Egypt.

History Read Alouds has a list of read-aloud books for ancient history. These are mostly picture books, and they are listed in chronological order.




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