Over the summer, I created my own World History Unit Study. I really like the classical approach of starting your study of history at the very beginning and covering World History over two years and then U.S. History over two years. I had looked at the curriculum available for World History and just couldn't find anything that was quite what I wanted, so I ended up creating my own. I picked two books to use for my World History spines and then added other books and activities to complement the first two books. I have also woven the study of the Bible into our study of World History. If you do not want to do this you can leave the Bible related books and activities out. After spending almost three months using my World History Unit Study, I am thrilled to say it is one of our favorite subjects this year and I am so happy that all those hours I put into creating it are paying off. We have added a few books and activities as we have gone along and also come across some books that weren't as wonderful as they originally sounded. Below I will share what I created for our study of Ancient Egypt. All of the books are available through Amazon.com from the Kids Love Learning Store except for A Child's History of the World which is available through Sonlight. We have gotten many of the books through inter-library loan from our library. You can click on the books listed below to learn more about them.
The Usborne Book of World History (pgs. 14-23 & 33-39)
A Child's History of the World (pgs. 25-33 & 40-44)
These are the two books we always begin reading for each section of our World History Unit Study. The Usborne Book of World History gives a good overview of what happened in a chronological fashion for each major civilization. A Child's History of the World has wonderful narrative stories to complement the Usborne book. We then add other books to fill in more details or learn more about a particular subject. I ask oral questions during and after the reading of each book. I do not have a weekly schedule for my unit study because I prefer to move through the unit at a pace that works for our family and that changes from week to week. I add in crafts, activities, maps, timeline work, and movies throughout the week as we have time for them. Each day I check off what we have covered and record it in my weekly planner.
I want to add that the Usborne Book of World History has received some poor reviews because many of the drawings depict historically accurate nude figures. If this might be an issue for your family and you still want to buy the book, I recommend using a sharpie marker to draw simple clothing for the figures. I have not found a better World History spine to date.
Usborne Time Traveler
Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt
Hieroglyphs From A to Z
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Mummies Made in Egypt
Tut's Mummy: Lost... and Found
Hatshepsut, Her Majesty, Himself
Pyramid (DK Eyewitness Book)
Egypt Books for Older Readers
The Pharaoh's of Ancient Egypt
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaoh's
The Golden Children's Bible (pgs. 64-123)
This is a wonderful children's Bible and the one that was read to me when I was a child. During our study of ancient Egypt, we chose to read the related Bible stories about Joseph, Moses, and the Exodus. If you already have a good children's Bible then you could certainly use that instead.
Pyramid (PBS Home Video)
The Prince of Egypt
Paper Pyramid Crafts (free printables) - 1. Easy 2. More Detailed
Make a Cartouche Using Hieroglyphs
Golden Egyptian Bracelets - 1. cut empty toilet paper tube lengthwise; 2. trim around to make two inch wide rings; 3. color or paint bracelets gold; 4. decorate with hieroglyph pictures; (you can see more detailed instructions for toilet paper tube bracelets here)
Ancient Egypt Coloring Pages
Play the Egyptian Game Seega (free printable)
Play Mehen Snake Board Game (free printable)
Prepare a Mummy for Burial
Make a Lego Step Pyramid
Make a Sledge (show how ancient Egyptians moved large stones) - 1. gather 4-6 unsharpened pencils, a small hardcover book, and small hand weight or other heavy object; 2. place the book on the floor with a hand weight on top and attempt to push the book with your pinkie finger; 3. next lay the pencils evenly in a row under the book and again attempt to push the book with your pinkie finger; 4. discuss how the ancient Egyptians might have used Sycamore logs and a sledge to move heavy stones (you can read more about this here)
Blackline Maps of World History (psg. 18, 19, 26, & 27)
We recently bought this set of maps covering world history from 5000 B.C. to the present. This was money well spent because the maps have added greatly to our study of world history. This map set includes simple activities and discussion questions for each map. Jacob loves these maps and is always asking when we can do the next one.
This year we are using a timeline book from Sonlight called The Book of Time and some of their timeline sticker figures to go with it. Next year I will be making my own timeline figures using a fabulous clip art site I discovered here. Below I have listed free resources for making your own timeline book and more information about using time lines in your study of history. You could also make a mini timeline book or wall chart just for ancient Egypt using the free resources below.
Ancient Egypt Timeline and Egyptian Timeline Worksheet
Ancient Egypt Clip Art (click on Search Database and look under Egypt in the Subject category)
Timeline Book Instructions from Donna Young
Free Forms for Creating Timelines from Donna Young
Free Printable Timeline from Los Banos Homeschoolers
Free Book of Centuries from Simply Charlotte Mason
More information on making timelines on Squidoo
I have come up with a number of copywork sentences for handwriting which go along with our study of ancient Egypt. We use writing paper with lines at the bottom and a space at the top so that Jacob can add his own illustrations to go along with the copywork. You can print off your own copywork paper with a box for illustrations here. You can also add interesting borders or print paper for intermediate writers here. The copywork sentences we have used for ancient Egypt are below.
1. Ancient Egyptians lived by the Nile River which provided water and good soil for crops.
2. King Narmer of Upper Egypt wore a double crown after he defeated the king of Lower Egypt.
3. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only wonder of the ancient world still in existence.
4. Hatshepsut was ancient Egypt's only successful female king or pharaoh.
5. Tutankhamen's tomb and magnificent treasure were found by archaeologist Howard Carter.
6. Joseph's father Jacob wove Joseph a coat of many colors which made his brothers jealous.
7. The name Moses means drawn out. Pharaoh's daughter drew baby Moses out of the river.
8. Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go so God sent ten plagues.
More Fun Egypt Stuff
Fun with Hieroglyphs Stamps
Exploring Ancient Egypt Fun Kit
Please leave a comment if you find my Ancient Egypt Unit helpful. If I receive a lot of positive feedback, I will be adding more of my World History Unit Study to this blog. Shopping at the Kids Love Learning Store would also help support this site and making it possible for me to add more free unit studies. Thanks!
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