Friday, October 08, 2004

History of Egypt

History of Egypt. It is time for the 3rd grade history unit on ancient Egypt at my school. All the books on the topic have been checked out and I am still finding material for the kiddies. This is a site with a broad overview of Egyptian history. Some of the students found it helpful.

From the site:

Egypt has endured as a unified state for more than 5,000 years, and archeological evidence indicates that a developed Egyptian society has existed for much longer. Egyptians take pride in their "pharaonic heritage" and in their descent from what they consider mankind's earliest civilization. The Arabic word for Egypt is Misr, which originally connoted "civilization" or "metropolis."

Archeological findings show that primitive tribes lived along the Nile long before the dynastic history of the pharaohs began. By 6000 B.C., organized agriculture had appeared.

In about 3100 B.C., Egypt was united under a ruler known as Mena, or Menes, who inaugurated the 30 pharaonic dynasties into which Egypt's ancient history is divided--the Old and the Middle Kingdoms and the New Empire. The pyramids at Giza (near Cairo), which were built in the fourth dynasty, testify to the power of the pharaonic religion and state. The Great Pyramid, the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu (also known as Cheops), is the only surviving monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ancient Egypt reached the peak of its power, wealth, and territorial extent in the period called the New Empire (1567-1085 B.C.).

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Thinking Things: The Vikings

Thinking Things: The Vikings - An introductory look at the way of life in Viking times. Includes information on who the Vikings were, where they came from, where they traveled, and the heritage they left behind. Designed for second and third grade students.

From the site:

The Vikings were farmers.

When the farmer died the farm was passed to the oldest son in the family.

The Vikings had a lot of children! This meant that there were a lot of people which had to choose between being workers on their brother's farm or going over the seas in search of fame and fortune or new land.

Stories about how easy it was to get rich on such expeditions spread like wild fire over Scandinavia.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Miss Healey and Mrs. Zakowski's Kinder"Garden"

Miss Healey and Mrs. Zakowski's Kinder"Garden" - Two teachers from Central Falls School District in Rhode Island provide links to their curriculum and activity ideas and links for parents, students and teachers.

From the site:

Come into our Kindergarten. We have a full day program in a school that has alot of old charm. Our corner room has a huge tree just outside the window. Often when I look out, I feel like we are in a tree house since the classroom is located on the second level.

Hope you have a nice visit and if you are a teacher, make sure that you visit the Themes and Book Ideas area. There are about 20 book ideas for early childhood educators.

Our class has a pet hamster so I developed a Pet Detective Webquest that I hope you will visit.

I'm very happy to be beginning another year. I have a new online project with 21 participants. It should be lots of fun!!!