Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hands on History

We recently started lapbooking, and I wanted to make our study of Ancient Egypt more hands on. So, I put together a unit study of sorts using lots of fun library books, videos, and hands on activities. Most all of activities we did came from Teacher File Box. This website is a compilation of Evan Moore worksheets, ideas, pocket books, center activities and much more. It is by far one of my favorite go to sites. They do charge a monthly subscription fee, but it is well worth every penny.

We made Egyptian mummies, colored sarcophaguses, painted the Nile River, read fun books like You Wouldn't Want to be an Egyptian Mummy and You Wouldn't Want to be Tutankhamen, watched several National Geographic Videos, made maps of Egypt and pyramids, and did an online virtual tour of King Tut's tomb.

We also played games that Egyptian children would have played like leap frog and tug of war. We learned about what they ate, where they lived, what they wore and so much more. We're currently learning about some of the various Egyptian gods and completing some additional activities for our lapbooks. When we're finished we will have a wonderful reference, and lots of memories of our Ancient Egypt studies. Hopefully the kids will remember what they learned long into the future.

How do you study history?

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