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Kate Cervone

Grade: 6 Topic: Ancient Egypt

February 3, 2010
Content Area: SS & MST

Instructional Objective
Following a discussion on proper computer usage and a review of previous Egyptian
discussions, students will explore the geography of Ancient Egypt through the use of an
interactive website. By using various maps and stories found on the interactive website to
answer teacher-created questions, students will illustrate their knowledge with at least
80% accuracy on a vocabulary quiz given.
Standards and Indicators
Social Studies Standard #3: Geography
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the
geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—
including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
Indicator:
o This will be evident when the students answer teacher-created questions based on
their research with at least 80% accuracy.
Mathematics, Science, and Technology Standard #5: Information Systems
Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate
technologies.
Indicator:
o This will be evident when students utilize the provided website to complete their
handouts.
Motivation
The teacher will begin a discussion about previous Ancient Egypt lessons to review what
the students have already learned. The teacher will then tell students that today they will
be in the computer lab doing some of their own research on Ancient Egypt using a fun,
interactive website.
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Materials
Computers
Internet access
Pencils
Dry erase board
Dry erase markers
Handout 1: Exploring Geography
Handout 2: The Story of the Nile Response Questions and Vocabulary
Handout 3: The Challenge—“The Jeweller of Memphis” Mapping Activity
Strategies

o Indirect instruction
o Independent practice
Adaptations

o For the student who is not comfortable working alone, they will have the option
of working with a partner to ensure completion of work.
o For the student who has a reading disability, they will be provided with
headphones to listen to the interactive website.
Differentiation of Instruction
To differentiate this lesson, the teacher will provide directions in three forms: first, the
teacher will write the directions on the board, then the teacher will read the directions
aloud, and lastly the teacher will show a model of what is expected (a completed
assignment). By providing the directions in these ways, the students’ different learning
styles will be met, so they can have a thorough understanding of their assignment.
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Developmental Procedures
The students will participate in a class discussion of previous Ancient Egyptian
lessons. (Who remembers what we learned yesterday? What do you recall about
Ancient Egypt? Where is Egypt located? Can anyone tell me some interesting
facts about the Nile River?)
The students will be given an overview of proper computer lab procedures. (How
do you access the Internet? How do you know when links are good or not? How
do you navigate through websites properly?)
The students will be given their assignment of exploring Ancient Egyptian
geography and asked to complete the Internet exploration handout. (Does anyone
have any questions? Does anyone need any help? Would anyone prefer to work
with a partner?)
When completed, students will be given their next assignment, of reading a story
on the website and completing a vocabulary handout. (Are you taking notes of
new words you are learning about? What do you think of the story? What do you
think life would have been like in Ancient Egypt?)
The students will discuss their findings in a classroom discussion before the
vocabulary quiz. (What did you find interesting about today’s lesson? Do you like
using the Internet to gather information? Was there anything you didn’t like? Did
you learn any interesting things?)

Assessment
The teacher will give a vocabulary quiz based on the students’ findings. They will
demonstrate what they have learned by completing the quiz with at least 80% accuracy.
Independent Practice
Follow-up: Academic Intervention and Academic Enrichment
Academic Intervention
o For the student who does not reach the objective, he/she will be given an outline
of the new vocabulary words and definitions to study overnight and take the quiz
again the next day to receive a new grade.
Academic Enrichment

o For the student who easily reaches the objective, they will have the option of
completing the interactive challenge activity on the website to present to their
classmates.

Exploring
Geography
Student: _____________________________________ Date:
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Internet Directions:




Open the Web site, Ancient Egypt / http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html.
Click on the GEOGRAPHY link to locate some of the vocabulary terms shown below.
From the Geography link, you will also have to click on the EXPLORE link to locate the
other vocabulary terms. (The terms will appear underlined in purple.)
From the Explore link, you will use the DROP DOWN MENU to switch between maps to
find the remaining vocabulary terms.
On the GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES MAP you actually will click on different areas of
the map to find the terms.

Matching Exercise: In Column A on each blank line, write a letter (A, B, etc.) to match each
definition located in Column C to each term found in Column B.

Column
A

Column B

Column C

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silt

A. something that is very special or valuable

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barren

B. something that is easily available to the
people who live in an area

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precious

C. small particles of sand or earth that are
carried in moving water

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contours

D. an area of land in the middle of the desert
with a natural water source

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oasis

E. a place where nothing grows

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natural resources

F. something which relates to archaeology

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archaeological

G. the outline of a natural feature of the
landscape such as a mountain or coastline

Short Essay Exercise: Answer the following questions in the space provided.
8. What does the terrain map show?
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9. Name three countries near Egypt on the political map.
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10. Name two things that the geographical features map shows.
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11. Which of the following is not a natural resource of Ancient Egypt: gold, silver, or
limestone?
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12. List five archaeological sites located in Egypt.
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Response Questions and Vocabulary
Student ________________________________________ Date
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Directions:

Open the Web site -- Ancient Egypt /
http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html

Click on the Story link and follow through the
story to investigate the different parts of the landscape in
Ancient Egypt.

If you answer all the questions correctly, the
story will inform you at the end whether or not you
helped the
Ancient Egyptian boy
find his brother.


If you do not answer all the
questions correctly, you will be able
to begin another journey and try again. (The
questions are located on the Story link.)
When you have taken the correct journey,
list below the route you took to help the Ancient
Egyptian boy locate his brother.
Also, define the key terms on the next page that are mentioned in the story.

I took the following route to help the Ancient Egyptian boy find his brother:
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Key Vocabulary—From the story, define the following key terms.
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linen
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cataract
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quarries
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sandstone
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