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CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
Exploring Ancient Egypt

Based on the number of requests we receive each year for resources, Ancient Egypt is a very popular curriculum topic in several different grades. The Library has a wide selection of print materials and information from electronic databases. There are also many interesting websites that focus on this topic. We've pulled together a list of what we think are some of the "best of the best" for use in your classroom. We hope you'll find them useful for curriculum planning and student projects.

 GRADES K-2
READ...
Nonfiction

The Egyptians. Who were the ancient Egyptians? An exciting beginning reader.

Kids in Ancient Egypt describes the daily life of children in ancient Egypt, including housing, clothes, food, and religion.
 
Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt.Gail Gibbons provides an overview of life in ancient Egypt, describing the people, daily activities, beliefs and customs, and what has been learned from artifacts left behind.
 
Mummies and Pyramids: A Nonfiction Companion to Mummies in the Morning. How were pyramids built? Why did people make mummies? What magic charms were buried with mummies? Who discovered King Tut's tomb? The answers to these questions and others can be found in this Magic Tree House Research Guide. 

Pyramids and Mummies. Enter into the mysterious world of ancient Egypt with Seymour Simon and learn about its structures and rituals that still amaze us today, from the great Step Pyramid to the mummification of pharaohs
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Fiction

The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery. When Flat Stanley receives a letter from an archaeologist, he travels by airmail to Egypt to help find an ancient treasure deep in the heart of a great pyramid.
 
Mummies in the Morning, a Magic Tree House adventure in which Jack and Annie find themselves whisked away to ancient Egypt, where they come face to face with a dead queen--and her 1,000-year-old mummy!



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Library databases
Visit us on the Web at databases.skokielibrary.info to connect with these and other online research tools...

Kids Search
Search for articles and pictures in this kid-friendly database especially for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Many articles include Lexile level.
  • Select SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Next, click ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS
  • Type "ancient egypt" in the Search box and click ENTER
Search results can be limited to magazines, newspapers, books and encyclopedias, or biographies.

Searchasaurus
Search for articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Subjects include animals, art and music, health, history, people and places, science and math, sports, and stories. A dictionary, encyclopedia, and picture collection are also available. Designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Lexile levels are provided for all articles.
  • Use the Search box to search by category or keyword
  • If desired, limit search to books and encyclopedias or other materials such as magazines
  • Suggested search terms include the following:
    • ancient egypt
    • pyramids
    • mummies
    • pharaohs
Materials can also be searched by Lexile level.

 GRADES 3-5
READ...
Nonfiction

Ancient Egypt. The mysteries of the ancient Egyptians are revealed in this text by Liz Gogerly. Learn how the pyramids were built, why the Nile River was so important to the ancient Egyptians, and how to get to the beautiful Luxor Temple.  
 
Ancient Egypt, a DK Eyewitness book that provides a comprehensive look at such subjects as Egyptians at home, famous pharaohs, the great pyramids, Egyptian religion, and animals of the Nile.
 
The Egyptians: Builders of the Pyramids describes Ancient Egypt's location, people, diet, clothing, trade, commerce, architecture, beliefs, and deities. The text concludes with a chapter on the people of today.
 
How People Lived in Ancient Egypt, part of the How People Lived series, focuses on family life, jobs, entertainment, schooling, clothing and religion in Ancient Egypt.
 
Kingfisher Voyages Ancient Egypt. Journey along the world's longest river, from the Nile delta to Nubia, with the Egyptologist Kent Weeks. Along the way readers will peer inside incredible pyramids and take a journey into the Next World as they learn the secrets of the dead. Witness how today's scientists are using CAT scans and other cutting-edge technology to uncover the answers to some of ancient Egypt's most intriguing mysteries.

Pyramid. In text and black-and-white illustrations David Macaulay helps the reader follow the intricate step-by-step process of the building of an ancient Egyptian pyramid.

Fiction

The Egypt Game. Melanie Ross and April Hall both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. They devise the Egypt Game and meet with four other girls to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks it's just a game, until strange things begin happening to the players.
 
His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut. A fictionalized account of the life of Hatshepsut, a queen in ancient Egypt who declared herself king and ruled as such for more than 20 years.
 
Pharaoh's Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt. Julius Lester creates a fictionalized account of a Biblical story in which an Egyptian princess rescues a Hebrew infant who becomes a prophet of his people while his sister finds her true self as a priestess to the Egyptian gods.


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Library databases
Visit us on the Web at databases.skokielibrary.info to connect with these and other online research tools...

Britannica Online
Find articles from Encyclopędia Britannica as well as media, websites, and videos appropriate for 6th through 8th grade. The Britannica Kids section includes material suitable for 3rd through 5th grade.
  • Select ADVANCED SEARCH
  • Search for the following from the EXACT PHRASE box:
    • ancient egypt
    • pyramids
    • mummies
    • pharaohs
Kids Search
Search for articles and pictures in this kid-friendly database especially for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Many articles include Lexile level.
  • Select SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Next, click ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS
  • Type "ancient egypt" in the Search box and click ENTER
Search results can be limited to magazines, newspapers, books and encyclopedias, or biographies.

The New Book of Knowledge
An encyclopedia of reference, current events, articles, news, special features, Web links, homework help, a world history timeline, dictionary, and thesaurus for students in 3rd grade and older.
  • Select SUBJECT BROWSE
  • Next, click any of the following links to find general information:
    • History
    • World History and Ancient Civilizations
    • Egypt, Ancient
  • Search by keyword with the SEARCH tool. Suggested search terms include the following:
    • ancient egypt
    • pyramids
    • mummies
    • pharaohs
Select LEXILE in the message bar under the Search box to find an article's Lexile level.

Searchasaurus
Search for articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Subjects include animals, art and music, health, history, people and places, science and math, sports, and stories. A dictionary, encyclopedia, and picture collection are also available. Designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Lexile levels are provided for all articles.
  • Use the Search box to search by category or keyword.
  • If desired, limit search to books and encyclopedias or other materials such as magazines.
  • Suggested search terms include the following:
    • ancient egypt
    • pyramids
    • mummies
    • pharoahs 
Materials can also be searched by Lexile level.

Websites

Ancient Egypt
The British Museum provides information on Egyptian life, gods and goddesses, mummification, rulers, pyramids, temples, time, trade, and writing.
 
Ancient Egypt for Kids
Includes quick, basic as well as fun facts about ancient Egyptian life, history, government, gods, and interesting trivia. Good for a basic understanding of ancient Egypt

The Clickable Mummy
This site allows you to click on the parts of a mummy and then explains about that part.
 
Little-Horus.org
Little Horus is a website designed and developed especially for kids around the globe. Includes information about Egypt today, entertainment, history and more. Click on the history button on top for information on ancient Egypt.
 
ODYSSEY/Egypt
Includes clickable photos and information about burial, daily life, mythology, pharaohs, nobles, priests, scribes, farmers, and slaves. Also includes maps and an audio section for learning how to pronounce Egyptian words.


 GRADES 6-8
READ...
Nonfiction


Ancient Egypt. Interspersed with pictures of artifacts, paintings, and documents, this text by award-winning author Don Nardo examines daily life in Ancient Egypt with a focus on family life, personal care, diet, education, crime, and occupations.
 
Ancient Egypt: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Egypt's Past features beautiful photography and illustrations characteristic of the National Geographic Society, well-written texts and sidebars, and information on recent archaeological finds.
 
Life in Ancient Egypt, a series by Kathryn Hinds that includes volumes on life in the city, the countryside, and in the pharaoh's court. These colorful, inviting books describe daily life and culture,  focusing on the period from 1550 B.C.E. to 1070 B.C.E., known as Egypt's New Kingdom. Numerous perspectives are shared including those of women, children, workers, and peasants.
 
Living in Ancient Egypt focuses on an "ideal" period set some time in the later Pharaonic Era. All the aspects of daily life across all strata of Egyptian society are examined. Coverage also includes the Egyptian farming cycle, the pharaoh's role, marriage and divorce, education and trade, and entertainment and games in Egyptian society.
 
The Tomb of King Tutankhamen describes the discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen and what it revealed about everyday life in his time.

Fiction

For All Time. Annie is transported to ancient Egypt thousands of years before her boyfriend, Strat, was born to a world far removed from the one she knows. Meanwhile, in 1899, Strat is photographing the same pyramids that Annie walks among. Powerless, Annie and Strat both look to Time. Can its force, which brought them together once, help them find each other again?


LISTEN & VIEW...

Ancient Egypt. Schlessinger Media takes an in-depth look at the cities of ancient Egypt, the land of pyramids and pharaohs. DVD
 
Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs. This National Geographic special shows treasures from the Cliffside of Tombs to the Valley of the Golden Mummies. DVD


POINT & CLICK...
Library databases
Visit us on the Web at databases.skokielibrary.info to connect with these and other online research tools...

Britannica Online
Find articles from Encyclopędia Britannica as well as media, websites, and videos appropriate for 6th through 8th grade.
  • Select ADVANCED SEARCH
  • Search for the following from the EXACT PHRASE box:
    • ancient egypt
    • pyramids
    • mummies
    • pharaohs
The New Book of Knowledge
An encyclopedia of reference, current events, articles, news, special features, Web links, homework help, a world history timeline, dictionary, and thesaurus for students in 3rd grade and older.
  • Select SUBJECT BROWSE
  • Next, click any of the following links to find general information:
    • History
    • World History and Ancient Civilizations
    • Egypt, Ancient
  • Search by keyword with the SEARCH tool. Suggested search terms include the following:
    • ancient egypt
    • pyramids
    • mummies
    • pharaohs
Select LEXILE in the message bar under the Search box to find an article's Lexile level.

Searchasaurus
Search for articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Subjects include animals, art and music, health, history, people and places, science and math, sports, and stories. A dictionary, encyclopedia, and picture collection are also available. Designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Lexile levels are provided for all articles.
  • Use the Search box to search by category or keyword.
  • If desired, limit search to books and encyclopedias or other materials such as magazines.
  • Suggested search terms include the following:
    • ancient egypt
    • pyramids
    • mummies
    • pharoahs 
Materials can also be searched by Lexile level.

Websites

The Ancient Egypt Site
The Ancient Egypt Site is a constantly evolving interactive book about the history, language, monuments and culture of Ancient Egypt.

The Clickable Mummy
This site allows you to click on the parts of a mummy and then explains that part.
 
ODYSSEY/Egypt
Includes clickable photos and information about burial, daily life, mythology, pharaohs, nobles, priests, scribes, farmers, and slaves. Also includes maps and an audio section for learning how to pronounce Egyptian words.
 
Egyptian Kings (Pharaoh)
Gives background information on Egyptian rulers from 2920 BC to 565 AD as well as general information about Egypt.
 
Mummies of Ancient Egypt
Explains what mummies are, how they were made, who they were, and what Egyptians believed about the afterlife. Includes an excellent timeline and a list of words in hieroglyphics with definitions.

THE READING CORNER
2010 Family Winter Reading Club
January 2 through February 15

On those cold winter nights that soon will be upon us there is nothing better than families warming up with a good book. Encourage families to visit the Library beginning January 2 to join our fun Winter Reading Club. Families who successfully complete the reading club will receive a special invitation to an after-hours event featuring family bingo, dessert, and a magical performance by Dennis DeBondt, the Sears Tower of Magic. This event is only open to families that complete the winter reading program.

Booktalks and Puppet Shows in Your Classroom
Through April 30, 2010 Youth Services staff can provide a library program in your classroom. For kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms we offer a puppet show performance based on two books, Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young and Dr. De Soto by William Steig. For 3rd through 8th grade classrooms, we'll booktalk the books on the 2009-2010 Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) reading lists. Schedule a classroom visit by contacting Susan Heist Carlton at 847.324.3144 or by email.

After-School Programs for Junior High Students
Youth Services is now offering special after-school programs just for junior high students. Snack and Study will be offered the second and fourth Monday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Tables will be set up in a separate room where kids can "chill" after school, study, talk with friends, or play games. A light snack will be offered. A movie open to junior high students only will be offered on the first Tuesday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00pm. I Got Game @ Your Library is a drop-in program for students interested in playing video games. It is offered the third Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00pm.

media playerTeachers Can Now Download Audiobooks
This year teachers can download audiobooks to their computers or to MP3 players for use in the classroom. If you'd like to learn more about this exciting new resource, visit our Digital Media page on the Web or contact Susan Heist Carlton at 847.324.3144 or Ruth Sinker at 847.324.3104.

SHARE & SHARE ALIKE
Read Around Arie Crown
 
aclinksOn June 5, as the 2008-2009 school year was winding down, I was invited to attend a very special event at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School. As I approached the school I saw lengths and lengths of paper chains in pastel pinks, blues, and yellows decorating the schoolyard fence. There was also a large group of students and adults enjoying a performance by a magician. Excitement was in the air!
 
This event was the culmination of a year-long celebration of reading. Throughout the year students read books and filled out a paper "link" with the title and author for each book that was read. These links were connected into paper chains, which hung in the classroom. The chains were a very visual depiction of the students' reading. On the day of the big celebration, parent volunteers carried the chains outside and placed them on the schoolyard fence. Regine Schlesinger from News Radio 78, an Arie Crown alum, spoke to the students. The students received prizes donated by local businesses and treats. Lucy, the school librarian's certified therapy dog who is much beloved by the students, made a surprise appearance wearing links.
 
Congratulations to Arie Crown librarian Elaine Steiner for a job well done! Contact Elaine at 847.982.9191 if you would like to learn more about this fun reading program at Arie Crown. She'd love to hear from you!

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rss iconTeachers who wish to keep up with News & Notes on their own schedule can subscribe to The Explorer, the Library's Youth Services blog. The RSS feed will announce the availability of a new blog entry and leave you to decide if or when you wish to read. To subscribe to The Explorer RSS feed...
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Whether you choose email or RSS, these new options are designed to help you conveniently keep in the know about Library resources and services for teachers, students, and families.

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