The Age of the Pharaohs Mini-Lesson

Use this slideshow to introduce students to ancient Egypt—when pharaohs ruled and pyramids were built. This mini-lesson presents a general overview of the defining characteristics of ancient Egypt.
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Teaching Strategies

Excerpted from

Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt
Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt
George Hart

This book provides an in-depth, comprehensive look at ancient Egypt with a unique integration of words and pictures. DK's classic look at ancient Egypt, now reissued with a CD and wall chart.

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Students will learn about some of the defining characteristics of ancient Egypt, including pharaohs and pyramids.
Suggested Time
15 minutes
Reading Level
Upper Elementary
The Age of the Pharaohs Mini-Lesson

Teacher Background

The king was not only the most powerful and important man in Egypt—he was thought to be a god. He was known as the
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Print or Project

  • A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  • Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work.(Example: Do you think the caption "Famous Pharaohs" is a good one for the photo of the Ancient Egyptian Kings? Why or why not?)
Continue the Conversation
Invite students to share what they have heard about ancient Egyptian culture. Some may mention Cleopatra. She was the last pharaoh to rule Egypt before the country came under the control of Imperial Rome.
Write about it
Ask students to imagine that they are a newspaper reporter who is writing about the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Encourage them to tell readers why they think the discovery is important.

Lesson Contents


Extension Activities





The Age of the Pharaohs Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to ancient Egypt by reading the definition and using the word in a sentence.



The Tomb of Tutankhamen
Grade: 5 - 8
Students read an overview of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, and complete related activities to extend their understanding.


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