An Expedition to Egypt

  • Students will use an Internet site to pick out items related to ancient Egypt.
  • Students will estimate sums using front-end estimation and by estimating to the nearest dollar.
  • Students will solve problems by adding money amounts and by practising to stay within a budget.



  1. Introduce key vocabulary: Egyptian, front-end estimation.
  2. Using the An Expedition to Egypt worksheet as a guide, students will use the to select items for an exhibit on ancient Egypt.
  3. Remind students that they must stay within their budget.
  4. Ask students to complete the worksheet using estimation skills and the information they find on the Internet site.
  5. Students may complete the worksheet in pairs or small groups.
  6. Schedule class time for students to share their calculations.


  • Use a rubric to assess students' ability to obtain data from a website and solve consumer maths problems.
  • Find a variety of assessment techniques to use with this lesson.

Extension Activities

  • Choose from a large collection of cross-curricular activities for all grade levels.
  • Challenge students to fill up their piggy banks at Change Maker (). Have them choose a difficulty level and click on the United States flag to begin.
Students use estimation and budgeting skills to decide what artifacts the school should "purchase" for an exhibit on ancient Egypt.
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